2014 - Industry Session - Academia and Research
The Marriage of Public Sector and Academia to Attract Companies and Incubate Innovative Ideas
Jim Waring, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder of CleanTECH San Diego will join Academia Industry Dayto discuss the role a cleantech cluster associationplays in attracting companies and incubatinginnovative ideas across a regional economy. Waringwill discuss CleanTECH San Diego's recent work toimplement the “City as a System” pilot project in San Diego. Its goal is to deploy data infrastructureacross a city’s physical landscape to produce real-time energy usage analytics and recommend energyefficient behaviors based on the data. Ultimately the project will allow buildings to be connected asasingle operational system, which will lower individual and aggregate energy consumption and establishcritical load reduction. The process will also provide rich-data access to researchers and engineers atpartner universities to drive innovation and economic development. Once proven, the goal is to expandand replicate the "City as a System" model more broadly across the region and other markets.
CleanTECH San Diego
Jim Waring is executive chairman of CleanTECH San Diego. Prior to co-founding CleanTECH SanDiego in 2007, Waring worked for Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City of San Diego as deputy chief operating officer for land use and economic development. In 2012, Waring was appointed to theCalifornia Transportation Commission by CaliforniaGovernor Jerry Brown. He is also a commissioner forthe San Diego Housing Commission. Waring was a practicing attorney for over 20 years, and has been aprincipal since 1991 at the real estate investment firm, FI Financial. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and a JD and a master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego.