Cisco offering more gold than Niners

Mayor Gavin Newsom continues to plan ahead for a possible 49ers departure from San Francisco, striking an agreement Tuesday with potential tenants of a proposed global warming study center that would replace the stadium at the shuttered Hunters Point Shipyard.

Newsom has been visiting Bangalore, India, since Sunday as part of a sister city initiative that was struck last year.

During a meeting with business leaders there Tuesday, he signed an agreement with Cisco that could have the company collaborating with The City on a Living Innovation Laboratory within the new United Nations Global Compact Center on the Hunters Point Shipyard.

The UNGC facility will address global warming and support social and economic innovation, the Mayor’s Office said.

Cisco’s role at UNGC would be to study green, sustainable urban development, with focus areas in “environment, health care, education, utilities, public safety and security, and urban services.”

As part of the understanding, Cisco will also provide technology to The City called Smart+Connected Communities, which provides a “network-enabled blueprint” for helping urban populations save energy, the Mayor’s Office said.

Essentially, the technology can help weed out inefficiencies in an urban setting and allow officials and residents to better manage resources, the Mayor’s Office said.

The technology could be helpful as The City embarks on several ambitiously sustainable developments, including Hunters Point, Candlestick Point and Treasure Island.

The three future green-minded developments will create 60,000 occupants, as many as 30,000 construction jobs and 10,000 permanent employment opportunities, the Mayor’s Office said.

The new UNGC center will include offices for the UNGC, a major conference center and incubator space for emerging technology companies with a particular focus on “green tech” businesses, the Mayor’s Office said.

This wouldn’t be the first time Cisco and San Francisco played ball together. On Earth Day this year, they partnered to launch the Urban EcoMap initiative, resulting in projects such as the Urban EcoMap and the Connected Bus.

Urban EcoMap “amasses information on a neighborhood level, organized by ZIP codes, in order to help citizens discover their neighborhoods and take climate actions,” the Mayor’s Office said.

 

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