Panel: Smart Cities and Sustainability: Emerging Technologies in the Building Sector

The transformation of contemporary cities across the globe to truly smart cities will be central to improving urban quality of life in the decades ahead. The incorporation of sensing and other IT technology into municipal infrastructure and widespread networking of data management, part of the next wave of the Internet of Things, will be crucial to optimizing delivery of urban services, while reducing energy and resource consumption. Buildings are on the leading edge, using strategic combinations of technology to automate building management towards those key ends while better satisfying individual and user preferences. 


Rich Harris, Manager of Technical Facilities at Google

Emily Kildow, Associate Director of Sustainability at Sidewalk Labs

Ross MacWhinney, Senior Policy Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability


Michael Bobker, Director, CUNY Building Performance Lab

Refreshments will be served at the event.

About Sustainability in the Urban Environment Program

The Sustainability in the Urban Environment Program offered at the City College of New York and TOTO USA brought together panelists on February 12th, 2020 to discuss about the emerging technologies in the building and real estate sectors, their sustainability and resiliency impacts, and their connection to urban infrastructure.

Following an introduction by Program Director Professor Hillary Brown, the panel began with notes from moderator and Building Performance Lab Director Michael Bobker.

After the changes in social distancing measures, the Sustainability Program and TOTO hope to team up again for a second Smart Cities panel, next time focused on water and water conservation. Stay tuned for information about this next exciting panel coming in 2021!