Smart Cities - The Future of Cities

  • Thursday, November 01, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


Cities are incubators of innovation and opportunities but they also face great challenges such as rapid urbanization, and climate change. How can smart cities address these challenges and become more resilient? Cities in the 21st century will account for nearly 90% of global population growth, 80% of wealth creation, and 60% of total energy consumption. It is a global imperative to develop innovative systems and process that improve the livability of cities while dramatically reducing energy consumption.

Smart cities initiatives seek to optimize existing city infrastructure and networks, through the deployment and utilization of digital networks. Cities that employ optimization techniques and innovative technologies have reported improvements in energy efficiency (e.g. building energy peak demand, demand response and electric grid management & response), water use (water conservation, water recycling) and many other areas. Some examples include: diagnostics and assessments of city energy use and energy efficiency potential, implementing zero-energy solutions in existing buildings; converting street lighting to LED lighting systems, smart coupling of renewable (e.g. photovoltaic) and energy storage and the development of an integral plan to make an existing neighborhood and/or community energy-neutral.


  • Understand the current environmental, energy, housing, and mobility issues facing cities.
  • Establish resilient, agile, adaptable and efficient energy systems.
  • Foster responsive technologies that enable and improve energy conservation, efficiency, mobility and infrastructure.
  • Implement electric-based, shared alternatives to the private fossil-fueled automobiles that are more convenient, affordable, pleasurable, and can essentially eliminate traffic congestion and reduce CO2 emissions.


Jacques Edouard Chirazi, Certified Biomimicry Professional, has managed the City of San Diego’s Clean Tech Initiative since 2007. His focus is to create economic growth while fostering sustainability. One emerging initiative is to bridge clean technology with biomimicry. He develops and supports a clean technology cluster in San Diego. As a critical thinker analyzing complex programs and policies, he leverages his strong communication skills while collaborating across a diverse range of private, public, and non-profit sector groups. With a passion for learning about the natural world and understanding how nature could transform the corporate environment, his long term vision is to create new business models and financial instruments to accelerate the commercialization of biomimetic solutions. Jacque’s innovative thinking allows him to create the conditions needed for this transformation. Jacques served six years as Senior Project Manager at Bainbridge, Inc., a strategic management consulting firm that provides consulting services for Fortune 500 companies. He currently teaches sustainability and clean technology courses to business students at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Jacques is also a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P.) and a LEED Green Associate.

Additional Details

Check-in: 8:00 AM with breakfast provided

This course is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). 

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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.