By San Francisco Business Times

Haraâ¿¿s bringing its sustainability software to a city near you.

The Redwood City-based software firm has partnered with ICLEI â¿¿ Local Governments for Sustainability USA, which works with about 600 cities to establish baselines for energy and emissions inventory and forecasting, develops climate action plans and helps cities measure their progress.

ICLEI has a five-step model for tracking and mitigating climate change impacts that its member cities follow.

While ICLEI has developed its own basic climate change modeling software, the organization says it now will offer Hara⿿s software to all of its U.S. member cities. Cities can choose whether they want to get ICLEI⿿s basica software for free or pay for Hara⿿s sophisticated software, which forecasts, tracks and offers solutions to reducing water, waste and energy. ⿿Economic realities being what they are, I think it⿿ll be the mid-to-larger cities that are farther along in the process that will start working with (Hara⿿s) software,⿝ said Marty Chavez, executive director of ICLEI.

Monitoring energy, water and waste is required for cities that want to apply for the U.S. Department of Energyâ¿¿s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants which pump billions of dollars into city coffers for environmental improvements like home retrofitting.

Both Palo Alto and San Jose already use Haraâ¿¿s environmental management software to track their citiesâ¿¿ environmental impact and reductions.

⿿Our expectation is, as organizations begin to outlive their Excel spreadsheets or existing infrastructure, they⿿ll turn to Hara to catapult them to drive better cost savings,⿝ said Amit Chatterjee, Hara⿿s CEO.

Hara has 35 clients including Coca Cola and Hasbro. The company has raised $20 million in venture capital from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Nth Power and JAFCO Ventures.

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