Smart Cities

  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
  • 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. Smart cities initiatives seek to optimize existing city infrastructure and networks, through the deployment and utilization of digital networks. This class will focus on how 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 with the development of an integral energy – neutral plan.


  • 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.


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 developed and supports a clean technology cluster in San Diego. His long-term vision is to create new business models and financial instruments to accelerate the commercialization of biomimetic solutions. Jacques is the Innovation and Commercialization Manager for the Biomimicry Institute and oversees the Biomimicry Launchpad program.  Currently Jacques teaches sustainability and clean technology courses to business students at the University of California, San Diego. 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 a.m., with breakfast provided

Learning Level: Beginning

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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.