Los Angeles Clean Tech Calendar 2012 – October

Welcome to the October 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.

 Sept 25 – Clean Tech Survival Strategies – Public Policy Forum – CONNECT, in partnership with K&L Gates, has assembled a top level panel of industry and advocacy experts to shed the spotlight on how clean tech companies can navigate today’s changed world of government financing structures including: local, state and  federal incentives, loan guarantees, tax credits and cash grants and current trends in strategic partnering and investment.  Sanford Consortium, La Jolla, 9 – 11 AM

Sept 27 – 28 – Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF-West) returns to the Bay Area to cover a range of renewable and clean energy technologies, with a particular focus on developments in the Western US.  Topics covered at REFF-West include project financing, venture capital, renewable power generation, emerging commercial technologies, financing smaller projects, equity financing and established technologies. Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco

Sept 27 – 28 – Gateways to the Green Economy California’s community colleges are the largest system of higher education in the nation. Not only are they essential to California’s push to develop a green jobs and green businesses, many are working to ensure that their facilities reflect best practices in green building, energy management and resource conservation. These programs offer students the possibiity of hands-on exposure to new technologies and provide local communities with models of sustainability in practice.  Pasadena Convention Center.

Sept 27 – 28 – Greening Schools in the Golden State A companion program to the Gateways to the Green Economy, the Green California Schools Summit was established to provide a meeting place for stakeholders in the greening of California’s schools – from facility managers, finance officers, teachers and administrators to architects, engineers and curriculum developers. As one of the nation’s largest annual green school events, the Summit provides a unique opportunity to share innovations in policy, technology and practice. California has long been on the leading edge of the green schools movement; it was here that the nation’s first green building rating program for K-12 schools was created.  Pasadena Convention Center.

Sept 27 – 28 – Sept 28 – Registration deadline for October 30-November 11, 2012 California Clean Tech Trade Mission to China (Hong Kong, Chengdu, Qingdao, Nanjing, Yixing and Shanghai).  The Clean-Tech Mission will take up to 10 California suppliers of renewable energy, pollution control, and green building products or services to six major Chinese cities with huge environmental needs. In pre‐arranged sessions and site visits, Mission members will have opportunities to meet with interested buyers and distributor, learn about clean-tech developments and projects, and make sales and technical presentations to local and provincial decision‐makers. On‐site support will be provided by staff from the El Camino College Center for International Trade Development, U.S. Department of Commerce, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).

Oct 2 – Clean Technology Council First Tuesday event:  Can new water recycling technology prevent a water crisis? Carlos Reyes, PE, Director of Resource Conservation, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District presents technology that can provide a reliable water supply to arid regions. Recycled water is accepted worldwide as part of a water supply system. Review of facts and myths about recycled water and view its benefits in terms of conservation and sustainability. SoCal IP Law Group, Westlake Village, 6:00 PM

Oct 14 -17 – The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 3rd Annual Conference will be held this year in Los Angeles.  The mission of AASHE is to empower Higher Education to lead a sustainability transformation.  Panel discussions, tours, keynotes, plenary, workshops.  Los Angeles Convention Center.

Oct 15 – 17 – Southern California Edison will host the 2012 Emerging Technology Summit.  More than 500 leading technologists, entrepreneurs, researchers, utilities, regulators, and investors from around North America and overseas who are actively involved in and/or seeking partners for collaborative projects are expected.  Leading technology, market and policy experts will speak at the Summit, covering a wide spectrum of forward-looking topics during on-site tours, plenary and round-table talks.  LEED Gold Certified Pasadena Convention Center.

Oct 17 – LAVA Meet the VCs – the 4th Annual event that brings together investors, start-up executives and entrepreneurs for an evening of networking and information sharing.  Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, 6:00 – 10 PM.

Oct 30 – 31 – 10th Annual Biopower Generation Conference – After a period of slower growth, momentum in the US biomass power industry is gathering again. Despite challenges including federal cuts and questions over emissions and sustainability, new large scale projects are breaking ground, coal plants are being retrofitted and once idle facilities are being regenerated.  State Renewable Portfolio Standards remain a key driver for the future of the sector.  Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco.
The Green Whiteboard is the sustainability blog of the Los Angles Venture Association Strategic Interest Group, Green LAVA. Green LAVA and the Green LAVA monthly meetings are generously sponsored by Marcum, LLP and Stradling, LLP.