VERGE Day 2: The city as startup, platform and organism

The city of San Francisco is taking the lead in partnering with developers and entrepreneurs to create apps aimed at improving residents’ daily lives.

“We’re connecting the energy sector and the built environment,” said Melanie Nutter, the director of the city’s environment department, during a VERGE SF panel focused on “The City as a Platform.”

“We see the city as an R&D lab,” she said.

In tough economic times, Nutter said, the “drive to low-cost innovation” is key to reaching San Francisco’s sustainability goals.  The city has also come up with innovative financing methods through the PACE program, she said, which gives access to capital for building retrofits focused on energy efficiency.

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