Climate Connections: Information Technology and a Green Economy

The purpose of this briefing is to educate policymakers and staff about the significant contributions ICT can make in reducing global warming emissions, and will hopefully serve as the start of a sustained policy dialogue on the topic.

Information and communications technology (ICT) will have an important role in maximizing the potential of a green economy. Telecommuting and video conferencing allow work to be conducted remotely, thereby reducing the amount of vehicle miles traveled by commuters. Smart use of ICT can guide routing of fleet vehicles to cut reduce fuel use. And deploying “smart grid” infrastructure—which transforms our electrical transmission system into a communications network for real-time information flow—will create a more resilient and efficient grid, allowing more versatile control of electricity demand and facilitating interconnection of distributed renewable energy generation.

Featured Panelists: Kathryn Brown, Senior Vice President for Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility for Verizon

Steven Hauser, Vice President of Strategy for GridPoint

Laura Ipsen, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs for Cisco Systems

Moderated by: Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008 Program: 3:00pm to 4:00pm HC-8 of the United States Capitol