Seattle is poised at the forefront of energy efficiency, with a plan to dramatically reduce operating costs in the city’s downtown corridor. How are they achieving this? Costly new green buildings? Repressive regulations? Those are yesterday’s solutions. Seattle is remaking its downtown with data.

The city has entered into a public-private partnership with Microsoft to deploy a cloud-based “Internet of Things meets Big Data” solution that Microsoft developed to cut energy costs on its own 125-building campus. The tool collects and analyses building data and provides recommendations for how a building’s management can be adjusted to lower operational costs. The initial trial in Seattle will cover about 2 million square feet of building space.

Want to learn more? On Tuesday, 3 December, the leader of the team behind the energy efficient buildings solution will be sharing his expertise on how UK cities and city regions can save energy and lower operating costs. Join Darrell Smith, Microsoft’s Director of Facilities Operations and Energy for its Real Estate & Facilities group, at Microsoft’s Customer Centre at Cardinal Place in London for a half-day discussion on the role energy management will play in the city of the future.

The City of the Future Roundtable is filling up fast, so reserve your place today. To save yourself a spot at this free event, please e-mail t-sopsm@microsoft.com.