Los Angeles Clean Tech Calendar 2012 – April

Welcome to the April 2012 Clean Tech Calendar of events for southern California.  This Calendar is provided by Green LAVA – the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association dedicated to exploring and explaining regional clean and green technology, business and trends.

March 23 – Cleantech Open National Launch Party – The Cleantech Open Business Accelerator & Competition and the NASA Night Rover Challenge start their trajectories on this stellar evening.  NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

March 26 – 28 – Cleantech Forum 10th Anniversary will draw cleantech innovators, top venture capitalists and investors, corporate leaders and policy-makers from around the world. This year’s agenda  features unique speakers  examining the theme of strategic partnerships in clean technology.  Hyatt Regency, San Francisco.

March 28 – UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum  With the rapid deployment of smart meters across the country, a highly granular electricity monitoring network that monitors consumption at the customer premises is now starting to become available to utilities. Networked smart meters are allowing utilities to monitor the last mile of the grid at a level of detail – in space and time – that has never been possible before. Such a fine-grained monitoring capability is enabling the creation of a much larger network within the grid than previously possible.  UCLA, Los Angeles.

Mar 28 – Electric Vehicle Integration and Deployment Into the Smart Grid of the Future – G2V & V2G  Recent advances in information and communications systems and battery technologies, in combination with substantial importance given by society to reducing greenhouse gas/carbon emissions, have resulted in dramatic thrusts towards accelerated innovations in electric vehicles (EVs) and the smart and renewable energy infrastructure necessary to fuel and support them.  UCLA, Los Angeles

March 29 – Cleantech Open Western Region Business Briefing – an introduction to the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. You will learn about our annual Business Competition, an opportunity to accelerate your cleantech startup with expert training, national visibility and up to $250,000 of cash and services. Beyond great networking, the event will include a brief presentation about how you can get involved as a volunteer, mentor, judge or more.  Jones Lang LaSalle, Downtown Los Angeles, 8:00 – 9:30 AM

March 31 – FLoW Investor Pitch – the First Look West (FLoW) invites student teams throughout the Western U.S. to participate in the Department of Energy’s first ever business plan competition for clean energy. FLoW offers $200,000 in prize money as well as mentoring programs, legal start-up packages, and the opportunity to pitch to investors who can help you transform innovative ideas into commercial reality.  USC

April 3 – Cleantech Open Western Region Business Briefing – an introduction to the 2012 Cleantech Open competition.  Glendale – 8 – 10 AM

April 3 – How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill – a First Tuesday event hosted by the Clean Technology Council will present Wally Geer, President of Greymar Associates, Ltd.  Mr. Geer will discuss the methods used to evaluate homes and businesses to see if they are candidates for cost effective modifications or retrofitting that could dramatically reduce energy bills and provide a reasonable return on investment.   SoCalIP Law Group, LLP, Westlake Village, 6:00 PM.

April 9 – 11 Global New Energy Summit The 4th annual summit will be held for the second time in Colorado Springs.  500 leaders from across industry, finance, government and science are expected to participate, creating a highly interactive agenda.  The Global New Energy Summit continues to attract some of the most influential names in energy, and this year is proving to be the same.  The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO.

April 10 – Port Tech Los Angeles Forum – monthly meeting of PortTechLA features speakers from the Port of Los Angeles, local businesses, government liaisons, academics financiers and consultants.  This month’s featured presentation is Developing Your Technology with SBIR Funding by Dr. Marie Talnack.  LA Harbor College, Wilmington.  10 AM – noon.

April 11 – Cleantech Open Business Briefing – UCLA, 5 – 7 PM

April 12 – Cleantech Open Business Briefing – San Diego, 8 – 9:30 AM

April 12 – 13 Renewable & Sustainable Energy Technology Workshop.  The aim of the workshop is to foster communication and collaboration between energy and sustainability IGERTs (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) from around the country.  California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA

April 12 – 13 Water Rights and Trading Regional Summits – WestWater Research and the American Water Intelligence are coming together to provide information and direction to water trading and development opportunities through a series of thought-provoking, regional conferences.  These events will be the premier forum for leaders from Wall Street to the water sector.  Bacara Resort, Santa Barbara.

April 14 – Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival Eco-friendly exhibitors will display and sell green living products, organic foods, solar power, electric and hybrid vehicles, and green building products. Learn more about water and energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling and other Green City initiatives – Memorial Park, 11 AM – 5 PM

April 14 – 15 – Earth Day Celebration– Christened in 1969 and grew from a spontaneous grassroots movement.  Be good to your mother, go out and celebrate sustainably!

April 17 – Cleantech Open Business Brief – Century City, 8 – 10 AM

April 18 – 19 – Concentrating Solar Thermal Power – 4th Annual Conference in an industry adjusting to the new realities of large-scale solar implementations: competitive intelligence on market trends, incentives, land use and transmission, or insight into the latest technological advances, this fourth annual event promises to deliver the necessary intelligence and industry contacts to strengthen and maintain your competitive advantage.  The Westin, San Diego

April 21 – Green LAVA monthly Meeting – Pre-registration required.  Century City.

April 26 – 27 – Green California Summit – The environmental policies that California government has enacted in recent years have set the stage for a future in which economic growth and resource conservation go hand in hand.  This future can only be achieved if the goals of policy are well understood, strategies and tools for implementation are identified and shared, and the varied participants in the state’s green “ecosystem” are aware of what others are doing. Sacramento Convention Center.

April 30 – May 1 – FLoW Awards and Judging Ceremony – The best-in-class teams will then move through the process to the final judging, which will be held at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena