Michael P. DavidsonSr. Vice President Corporate Workplace Executive Bank of America
G. Sandy Diehl, III VPIntegrated Commercial Solutions United Technologies Corporation
Robert F. Fox, Jr. AIASenior Partner Cook + Fox Architects LLP
Scott E. Frank PEPartner Jaros Baum & Bolles
Reza GhafurianTechnical Leader Central Engineering Consolidated Edison
Amanda KaminskyLEED AP BD+C Sustainable Construction Manager One Bryant Park
Paul S. Mankiewicz, PhDExecutive Director The Gaia Institute
Gary RancourtWorldwide Business Development Executive Big Green Innovations IBM Corporation
Beth Sauerhaft, PhDSr. Manager Environmental Stewardship Pepsi Cola North America Beverages
Tom SchepersDirector, Systems Engineering CISCO Systems
Envisioning Business and the Urban Environment
November 6, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
SUBJECT: Businesses are largely based in urban centers, and of course they cannot function without energy, water, and physical infrastructure.
Businesses are largely based in urban centers, and of course they cannot function without energy, water, and physical infrastructure. At a time when businesses and government are struggling with a tough economy, population growth is aggravating demands on aging infrastructure. Cities are also facing the increasingly urgent challenge of meeting sustainability goals in their uses of energy, water, and other resources.
More people now live in urban areas than rural areas, and the world’s population, now 6.8 billion people, is projected to exceed 9 billion people by mid-century, with vast, sprawling, swollen megacities absorbing much growth and increasingly burdened by it.
How will future cities function? How will future businesses function? How might they ourish, sustainably?
Partnerships and collaborations among business, government, nonprot organizations, citizens, and technology experts will signicantly shape the answers to these questions. On November 6, urban experts will convene at Baruch College to discuss them, and how they are envisioning the future. Their focus will be an in-depth examination of the vital subjects of water and power, and a remarkable building that embodies a historic shift toward tomorrow’s sustainable cities.