On October 19, 2011, Sharon Nunes participated in The National Climate Seminar, a series of webinars sponsored by Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy. The online seminars provide a forum for leading scientists, writers, and other experts to talk about critical issues regarding climate change. The series also opens a public conversation, inviting participants to ask questions and contribute their own thoughts.
Sharon Nunes is Vice Presidof the Smarter Cities Strategy & Solutions program at IBM, working with municipal leaders to manage urban systems more efficiently. In her lecture, Nunes discussed the ability of smart grids and other information technology to save energy, time, and costs. Questions focused on the barriers to implementing these systems, and Nunes addressed ongoing challenges as well as successful programs.
This E-ssential is an edited version of Nunes’ talk and the subseququestion and answer session. While some material has been cut and some language modified for clarity, the intention was to retain the substance of the original discussion.
About the Author
Sharon Nunes is currently Vice President, Smarter Cities Strategy & Solutions, IBM Corporation, building smarter cities in collaboration with clients and partners. Recognizing that smarter cities will be economic growth engines of the 21st century, IBM is applying the company’s unique capabilities to create, manage, and run intelligand interconnected infrastructures and systems for cities in every major geography. Prior to this role, Sharon was Vice PresidBig Green Innovations, creating new businesses for IBM using its information technology expertise, and materials and processing expertise to solve critical problems around environmental issues. In 2009, Sharon launched IBM’s program in Advanced Water Managemas part of IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative. Sharon led the creation of IBM's water managemproduct and service line, focused on creating solutions for the better managemof water resources and water infrastructures around the world.