Schneider Electric’s approach to building and managing the smart city

By Jessie F. Hahn

Jessie F. Hahn is the Executive Director of Meeting of the Minds. She is an experienced urban planner, specializing in urban-regional policy with a particular focus on sustainability and clean energy. Previously, Jessie launched the successful Regional Energy Policy Program at Regional Plan Association in New York City. She has written numerous articles which have been featured in RPA’s Spotlight on the Region, The Hartford Courant, Urban Age Magazine, The Record, NPR, among others.

Jul 25, 2012 | Announcements | 0 comments

A new article in The Guardian assesses Schneider Electric’s approach to the smart city.

Being smart means a lot of things to Annie Xu Hongyan, the senior vice-president for the Smart Cities initiative at Schneider Electric, a French energy management company that offers infrastructure solutions to new urban problems. It means not sacrificing long-term thinking for short-term wins, being pragmatic when it comes to managing the environment but also knowing when to get personal. “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” says Xu, referring to a well-known idiom to explain why sustainability matters to her.

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