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Achieving Urban Infrastructure Efficiencies Through Building Networks


for Members

Achieving Urban Infrastructure Efficiencies Through Building Networks

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By


In order to realize the full urban potential for deep energy reductions, we need to look at networks of buildings in the urban landscape, as opposed to a collection of individual buildings.  Buildings and urban infrastructure can be designed to interact, using underlying smart ICT infrastructures to share information and better manage energy distribution within a defined energy network, locally or regionally.  Interactions can be creatively optimized between electricity generation, power consumption, thermal loads, water usage, and waste flows, to create overall aggregate performance and  reduced environmental footprint far beyond what could be realized by individual "green" buildings. We need to envision future systems of buildings that harness the design and systems capabilities of each building to work together to create an infrastructure that performs far more efficiently than what we have today.  Some examples of these concepts include load-coordination for demand response, thermal load networks enabling cogeneration, heat recovery from waste water.  

This seminar will help us begin to think in these terms, from the vision to practical steps on the near-horizon.

Networking reception to follow.

Presented by

Silver Sponsors


Wes Frye

Cisco Systems

Wes Frye is a Director in Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions group (IBSG). He helps create and incubate new business and technology innovations to seed Cisco’s future development pipeline. Wes creates virtual teams across Cisco’s business units and with external partners (corporations, universities, and governments) to test and accelerate new business opportunities. His focus is on sustainable energy, electricity and utility solutions to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases using information technology to provide better visibility, understanding and control of how energy is supplied and consumed across buildings, homes and vehicles.

Wes is also Chief Development Officer of Energy for Planetary Skin Institute, a not-for-profit partnership between Cisco, NASA, and several universities. He is creating a business decision-support platform to accelerate the widespread adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to this, Wes led Cisco IBSG’s Aerospace & Defense practice. He focused on helping Fortune 500 defense companies to identify new revenue opportunities and to streamline business operations (R&D, supply chain, manufacturing, and logistics) using information technology

Before Cisco, Wes was a management consultant at Booz½Allen½Hamilton, as Principal of the Aerospace/Defense & Operations practice. Wes has an MBA with honors from Columbia University and M.S. and B.S. degrees in engineering from Brown University.

Charlotte Matthews

Related Companies

Charlotte Matthews directs Related's corporate sustainability strategy and oversees all of its green development activity. Related is a real estate developer/owner/manager with a diverse property portfolio valued at $15B.

As a member of the Real Estate Board of New York - Sustainability Committee and the NYC Green Codes Industry Advisory Committee, Ms. Matthews is involved in the development and review of legislation, department rules, codes and research intended to green New York City's building stock and new construction. She is also a member of the Institute for Market Transformation board and a special advisor to Columbia University's Masters in Real Estate Development program.

Prior to joining Related, Ms. Matthews was a Senior Sustainability Manager with Bovis Lend Lease, a construction management company. Notable projects include the National September 11th Memorial at the World Trade Center site.

Over her career, Ms. Matthews has been involved in the development and evolution of green building rating systems that include LEED for New Construction, LEED for Labs and the DOE/EPA Lab 21 Environmental Performance Criteria. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Brown University.

Nicholas You

WBCSD Urban Infrastructure Initiative

Nicholas You is an architect and economist by training – early on, he worked in design in Europe managing housing and urban development projects in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He joined UN-Habitat in 1982 to help establish municipal training and leadership development programmes worldwide, with a particular focus on service delivery, financial management, and environmental planning and management. He was on the Secretariat for the Habitat II Conference which resulted in the 1996 Habitat Agenda and led to the Best Practices and Local Leadership Program - a global network of institutions dedicated to the transfer of lessons learned from peer-reviewed best practices in improving the living environment. He led this program for ten years until his appointment as Senior Policy Advisor. In January 2009, he was asked by the United Nations to spearhead a Global Campaign on “Better Cities, Better Life”.

He is the author/editor of five books and numerous articles on housing, urban management and sustainable development. From 2000 to 2007 he was a visiting professor at the University Federico II in Naples. Since retirement from the United Nations in 2010, he has been serving as Chairman of, amongst others, the Steering Committee of the United Nations World Urban Campaign; the Cities and Climate Change Commission of the World Future Council; and the Assurance Group of the Urban Infrastructure Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.


For sponsorship opportunities please contact Michel Wahome at  or 212.298.8628. 

Presented by

Silver Sponsors

Promotional Partners

Environmental Advocates of New York

Green Edge Collaborative

Green Spaces

The Sallan Foundation


Communications Enhancement of Infrastructure (Role of Technology/ ICT for Sustainable Outcomes)

Wes Frye, Cisco Systems

We’re all excited about cities-of-the-future that promise to be more citizen-friendly, clean and energy-efficient, and cost effective to operate. These projects require several key ingredients to succeed – innovative urban planning, new technologies, access to investment capital, and the right business case. This discussion explores the role of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) in creating sustainable urban infrastructures.

Hudson Yards, New York’s Next Great Neighborhood

Charlotte Matthews, Related Companies

Hudson Yards, New York’s next great neighborhood, will be a model of urban mixed use development for the 21st century: future-ready, self-reliant, optimally resource efficient in design and use, and vitalizing to occupants, visitors and the community. This Related Companies and Oxford Properties development will have a highly flexible infrastructure core, with redundant data and power distribution pathways and onsite power generation. By capitalizing on the synergies and diversities of a highly diverse program, the development can achieve optimal resource efficiency in both infrastructure and operation.

Towards More Sustainable Urban Development – Lessons Learned From Best And Living Practices

Nicholas You, WBCSD Urban Infrastructure Initiative

Three mega-trends that are shaping the future of our planet and our societies are urbanisation, globalisation and climate change. The three are inter-linked in many ways. Globalisation favours cities as nodes of production and consumption while urbanisation causes irreversible changes in the way use land, water, energy and other natural resources. Many of these changes contribute directly to climate change.

In a rapidly urbanising world, sustainable urban development is synonymous with sustainable development.

The presentation looks at a selection of two decades of best practices spanning three continents. It attempts draw some lessons learned as the basis for future paradigms and business models for making our cities socially more inclusive, economically buoyant and environmentally sound. It concludes by re-examining the three pillars of sustainable development and proposing two others.

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