MIT salutes Vancouver firm for climate innovation
Global Technology Leader Recognizes Climate Smart’s Carbon Mapping Software
Wednesday August 10, 2016
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) yesterday recognized small Vancouver, B.C. company Climate Smart for the innovative data visualization tool it developed to help cities create more effective carbon-reduction programs.
A panel of judges at MIT’s Climate CoLab—and thousands of online voters—yesterday named the company’s Business Energy and Emissions Profile (BEEP) Dashboard a winner. MIT honoured the BEEP with both Judges’ Choice and Popular Choice at Large awards in its Smart Zero Carbon Cities competition.
Climate Smart is one of just 24 winners ultimately chosen from a pool of 500 submissions. It will present on its BEEP Dashboard at the end of September at MIT’s Crowds & Climate Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“Cities are the front lines in the climate challenge, yet often have limited resources. Our software helps them get the most bang for their buck, so they can be more effective in their work. We’re deeply humbled by this recognition, ” said Climate Smart president and cofounder Elizabeth Sheehan.
The BEEP Dashboard graphically displays a given city’s energy usage and carbon emissions by industry and business type. The dashboard’s interactive mapping interface allows community leaders to quickly identify opportunities to cut greenhouse gases and more effectively engage with the private sector.
“We share this award with our local government partners, the BC Climate Action Secretariat, and above all, the hundreds of businesses that are innovating, taking action, and leading us towards a low carbon economy by investing in Climate Smart certification,” added Sheehan.
About Climate Smart: Climate Smart (climatesmartbusiness.com) helps companies track, measure, and profitably reduce their carbon emissions. Since 2007, the company has helped more than 800 businesses cut their emissions through training, software, support, and certification.