Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2014 – May

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Welcome to the May 2014 Cleantech Calendar of events of interest to entrepreneurs, start-up executives, service providers, investors and community leaders around southern California. With the conference season in full swing there are a number of events that should be of interest to our cleantech community – alternative fuels, wind, water, awards, investment, student science, solar, LEAN methods to name a few .  Check back periodically for updates.   There are some good events left to come in April so check them out.  Must attend local events include Green LAVA’s event on commercializing cleantech, May 20th at the BTC;  Sustainability Summit at UCLA on April 25th and the Clean Technology Council’s monthly meeting on April 23.

April 22 – Earth Day 2014 – Respect your mother.

April 22 – Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles presents the 3rd Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards a celebration and salute to Southern California companies working daily to create sustainably focused products and services that reduce ecological impact.  Lexus Santa Monica, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

April 23 – Cleantech Innovation in the Commercial Building Sector – Innovations in materials, controls, and user engagement strategies are providing new opportunities for creating smart, sustainable buildings. This symposium will explore recent advances for energy eciency, on-site renewable energy, and occupant engagement and well-being. The event will also allow for open dialogue among commercial building stakeholders, technology and product developers, researchers, and others.  PG&E Pacific Energy Center, San Francisco, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

April 23 – The Clean Technology Council presents Subir Bhattacharjee, CTO of Water Planet Engineering discussing New Water Reuse Strategies at this month’s event.  Water scarcity and droughts are shaping new water strategies. California’s complex industry and agriculture environment has fostered discussions on how to tap new sources of water, recycling, new technology, reuse, cost of water management and fair use. One approach is to assign a value to the quality of water. This presentation will provide a framework of how water quality is often more important than quantity and how judicious management of water quality is important for industrial economies.  Total Wine Conference Room, Thousand Oaks,  5:30 – 7:30 PM

April 23 – 25 – Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology brings together over 250 of the world’s top professionals in the smart fabrics and wearable technology industry will gather in San Francisco for three days of networking, hands on experiences, and learn from a panel of renowned speakers covering textiles, technology, fashion, investment and the military.  Merchants Exchange, San Francisco

April 25 – the 2014 LABC Sustainability Summit hosts Mayor Garcetti to share his vision and plan for a sustainable city that creates new jobs and businesses. Also invited to give keynotes are Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director of USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, who set Lancaster on a path to becoming a net zero city.  Getty Center, West Los Angeles, 7 AM – 2 PM.

April 25 – 27 – Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs.  CoLoft, Santa Monica

April 29 – May 1 – Inaugural Growth Capital Expo – Two full days of general session programming, networking and one-on-one meetings for investors, pre-IPO private and early-stage public company management, and capital markets advisers. Pre-conference half-day IPO Boot Camp for founders, executives and directors of growth companies planning or recently completing a going-public event.  Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

April 29 – 30 – The Solar Energy Power Association (SEPA) presents the Utility Solar Conference,  an exclusive forum for utilities to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and talk through various strategies and business models in an intimate environment free of outside influences. The conference brings together utilities interested in improving, expanding or developing a viable long-term solar strategy.  Due to regulatory concerns, the event is limited to employees of regulated investor-owned, municipal and cooperative utilities and federal power authorities.  Marriott Newport Beach

April 29 – 30 – The Knowledge Foundation hosts Energy Mobility 2014  Recent breakthroughs in new battery chemistry and energy storage system integration, novel materials discovery and comprehensive business solutions for a vast array of mobile, portable and backup energy applications, from micro medical devices to high-energy/high-power automotive are the topic of this 2 day event.  Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

April 30 – The 2014 Sustainability Quality Awards  This year SQA celebrate over 125 businesses that have been recognized for their contributions to the community since 1995.  In its 19th year, the Sustainable Quality Awards is a successful collaboration between the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Works and the City of Santa Monica.  Le Meridien Delfina Hotel, Santa Monica, 11 AM – 2 PM.

May 1 – The Metropolitan Water District is hosting Spring Green Expo 2014 at their headquarters.  This opportunity to learn more about what steps you can take to live and work in a more environmentally friendly manner. This unique one-day educational event has Green exhibits, the Eco-Innovators Showcase, workshops and a photo exhibit on Water Awareness Month.  MWD HQ, downtown Los Angeles, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

May 2 – The Energy Innovation Conference is a showcase of innovative technologies with the potential to reinvent the energy industry.  The conference brings together entrepreneurs, university researchers, and corporate executives to review technology with  investors, corporations, and industry veterans.  Presented by the UCLA Anderson School, Energy Management Group, Carnesale Commons, 8 AM – 3:30 PM

May 5 – 8 – The Alternative Clean Transportation Expo is the industry’s largest annual gathering, bringing together more than 3,000 attendees—fleets, technology companies, OEMs, fuel providers, infrastructure developers, and policymakers—for an in-depth discussion on the rapidly evolving clean transportation industry.  All weight classes and alternative fuel types are represented—electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels.  Co-Located with the NGV Global 2014 conference.  Long Beach Convention Center

May 5 – 8 – The 14th biennial Natural Gas Vehicle Global 2014 conference co-located with ACT Expo – brings together clean transportation stakeholders from around the world—fleets, technology companies, OEMs, infrastructure developers, fuel providers, and policymakers—to discuss the rapidly growing global natural gas vehicle market.  Long Beach Convention Center

May 5 – 8 – The American Wind Energy Association hosts WINDPOWER 2014,  the annual conference and exhibition for the U.S. wind industry.  It is the conference of wind energy professionals who converge to generate actionable ideas for expanding the wind energy economy through technology and collaboration.  Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas

May 10 – 16 – The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,600 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards. Los Angeles Convention Center.

May 13 – Locke Lord presents and PortTech hosts Meet the Angels – an interactive session featuring local Angel investors discussing the opportunities for cleantech entrepreneurs.  The evening will start with a discussion of what angels look for when investing in early stage companies and how to best present your company as an angel investment opportunity, then a Q&A with angel investors, followed by a networking reception.  Ports of Call, San Pedro, 4:30 – 7:30 PM.

May 14 – 15 – The World Energy Innovation Forum will feature many key leaders in the energy innovation sector, all of whom will take to the podium to address the pivotal energy issues and opportunities of our time. This event marries the best in thought-provoking discussion with the best in industry networking.  Tesla Factory, Fremont, California

May 18 – The USC Energy Institute hosts Understanding the Intersection of Water and Energy  This one day conference will focus on the water-energy intersections, with an application focus on issues of direct concern to California. Expert speakers and panelists from business, government, and universities will lead discussions covering all the dimensions of the intersection from resources to systems and technology to policies and regulations. Ronald Tutor Campus Center, USC, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

May 19 – 22 – The 2nd SunShot Challenge – this DoE sponsored conference will bring together more than 800 members of the solar energy community to celebrate the achievements of the industry thus far, including 60% progress towards the 2020 SunShot affordability goal, and to identify strategies to overcome the grand challenges ahead.  Hilton Anaheim

May 20 – Green LAVA hosts a panel discussion on Bringing Cleantech to Market  featuring Greentech Motors and GoTek Energy – leading developers of advanced engine and combustion technology.  The event will focus on the value of strategic partnerships, collaboration and things start-ups need to focus on as they commercialize green technology.  Business Technology Center, Altadena, 1 – 3 PM.

May 21 -Clean Technology Council presents “Will Your Next Car run on Electricity or Natural Gas”  Steve Herbruck, CEO and B. Scott Farrrenkopf, EVP of GoTek Energy will lead a conversation about existing piston engines, energy efficiency,  alternative power sources and dramatically improved designs.  Total Wine Conference Room, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

May 21 – 22 – The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals hosts the 7th Annual LEAN Leadership Summit – an event that brings together a world-class group of speakers who openly share how they are leading the Lean System Thinking transformations in their organizations and people capability.  This conference attracts senior management from a large variety of industries with guests from all over the USA.  Keynote Speaker is Gary Convis, former COO, Bloom Energy; CEO, Dana Corp.; Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corp and EVP Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America.  Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel, Pomona

May 28 – 30 – The 2nd Annual California Energy Summit will provide the latest information on the opportunities and threats in California as policy-makers come together with utility, IPP, renewable energy, energy storage and DR executives to discuss the potential opportunities to solve resource adequacy problems. They will explore the impacts of new energy storage procurement on generation and transmission needs, the opportunities for the construction of power assets, and how the revision of retail rate regulation may drastically affect the economics of solar power and utility generation in the state.  Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.

Green LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on opportunities and challenges coincident with the design, development and deployment of sustainable products, services and businesses. Green LAVA is generously supported by Stradling, LLP and K&L Gates, LLP.