On October 14th, 2010, the Earth Institute's Roundtable on Sustainable Mobility hosted developer Syd Kitson of Kitson & Partners to present his plans for building a new eco-community that could act as a "living laboratory" for sustainability research. In 2006, Kitson completed the historic purchase of 92,000-acre Babcock Ranch, Florida, in a deal that enabled over 80 percent of the land to be preserved. On the remaining land, Kitson & Partners will build the sustainable City of Babcock Ranch, Florida, which will be powered by the world's largest solar array, will utilize smart grid technology, and will feature connected, autonomous, electric vehicles.
Sydney W. Kitson is Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, an international real estate company with a reputation for responsible, forward-thinking development.
Lawrence D. Burns is Director of the Roundtable on Sustainable Mobility at the Earth Institute. He advises companies, governments, and universities on transportation, energy, and communications systems and technology. As Vice President of Research and Development at General Motors from 1998 to 2009, he was a major global voice for the reinvention of the automobile and the diversification of transportation energy, overseeing a series of innovative concept vehicles.