Mahesh Ramanujam speaks on Arc at Innovation Summit in Phoenix | U.S. Green Building Council
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Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC and GBCI, was the keynote presenter to elected officials, government professionals, industry experts and other stakeholders at the Summit on Government Performance and Innovation.

The summit, held in Phoenix, Arizona, focused on new policy perspectives and approaches for innovation in the public sector. It was hosted by Governing Magazine in collaboration with Living Cities.

Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix discussed the city’s plans to modernize its economy through innovation. Among those efforts are plans to become a zero-waste, carbon-neutral city by 2050, and to grow the city’s light rail system by three times in the next 35 years. Mayor Stanton also spoke on Phoenix’s efforts to ensure a sustainable water supply for its residents and businesses, a necessary action to deal with the current drought in the western United States.

In his keynote remarks, Ramanujam focused on Arc, USGBC’s new technology platform that enables communities and city leaders to monitor their entire building portfolios. Arc gives users the ability to benchmark and compare their performance against their local, regional and global peers in five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience.

Ramanujam praised the leadership of our nation’s cities and communities, saying that we’ve seen them “doubling down their efforts to bring people in and lift them up, and demonstrate that green buildings and communities are all about people, the environment, human health and wellness.” With Arc, cities and communities are empowered to build on their progress and perform at the “highest levels possible.”

By tracking data on building performance, carbon emissions, policies and incentives via Arc, cities are able to leverage that information to spark citizen engagement, improve policies and even effect large-scale societal change to address energy usage, pollution and more.

As Ramanujam expressed at the summit, USGBC is “always committed to bringing best-in-class platforms and solutions like Arc to help cities become more sustainable, healthier, equitable and resilient.”

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