In 2010, Charlotte, NC–based Duke Energy -- along with the local organization Charlotte Center City Partners -- launched a new partnership called Envision Charlotte. Unveiled during the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting, the program represented a rare public-private partnership between heads of business, building owners and managers, utilities chiefs, city planning professionals, and more. Their common goal? To achieve up to 20% energy reduction by 2016.
Duke Energy invited Council Lead Partner Verizon Wireless to take on a major role in the project at its outset -- an invitation based on a long-standing relationship between the two companies. Efforts began with the Smart Energy Now® program, which focuses on educating office workers about small, simple changes they can make that, collectively, have a huge impact on the city’s energy usage. Read in the case study linked below to learn more.