Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2015 – March

Green LAVAWelcome to the March 2015 Cleantech Calendar of events of interest to entrepreneurs, start-up executives, investors, service professionals and community leaders around Southern California. The local conference season is ramping up.  These are the events, conferences and programs that focus on clean energy, sustainable development, reducing environmental impacts and highlighting progress.  Check back periodically for updates.  Must attend events this month include:  Storage Week, CTC’s event on renewable’s role from an Electric Utility Perspective, PortTech’s Stormwater Runoff and innovate!socal 2015.

Feb 22 – 27 – Gordon Research presents Nanomaterials for Applications in Energy Technology. Developing sources of sustainable energy is a crucial challenge for the 21st century. Nanotechnology may contribute paradigm-changing approaches to energy technology, because many energy conversion and storage processes occur at interfaces and surfaces, which are abundant in nanomaterials. Ventura Beach Marriott

Feb 24 – 25 – UC San Diego presents the Industrial Stormwater Compliance Workshop. This intensive two-day workshop is designed to provide comprehensive training on California’s reissued Industrial Storm Water Permit, which will impose significant regulations on as many as 130,000 California businesses. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of how the Industrial General Permit applies to them and how to achieve and maintain compliance at their facility. UCSD Extension, San Diego

March 2 – 4 – The eighth annual Storage Week 2015 is the global business hub for energy storage solutions. Join policymakers and senior executives at the forefront of a coming wave of storage deployment. The road to bankable revenue flows is opening for both grid connected and behind the meter applications, with billions of dollars of investment expected in the next few years. Marriott Marquis, San Diego

March 4 – 6 – The Urban Water Institute presents their Spring Water Conference.  The Urban Water Institute, Inc., was incorporated as a nonprofit public education organization in the State of California in 1993, with the Mission to provide non-partisan information of timely and pertinent interest to the water resource industry, including public agencies and private firms, with particular emphasis on water economics, management and resource policies as they affect consumers and the general economy. Hilton Palm Springs

March 8 – 11 – The Pacific Climate Workshop hosts Droughts: Reconstructing the past, monitoring the present, modeling the future.  PACLIM is a multidisciplinary workshop that broadly addresses the climatic phenomena occurring in the eastern Pacific Ocean and western North America. The purpose of the workshop is to understand climate effects in this region by bringing together specialists from diverse fields including physical, social, and biological sciences. Time scales from weather to the Quaternary are addressed in oral and poster presentations.  Asilomar Conference Grounds,  Pacific Grove

March 11 – The Clean Technology Council presents Storage, Wind, Solar, Hydro & Fuel Cells:  An Electric Utility Perspective by Gary Barsley, Manager of Customer Self-Generation at So Cal Edison. Gary will discuss trends and business models in the solar industry, customer energy storage programs and “Community Solar.” Traditional energy markets and relationships between utilities, customers and energy suppliers are changing dramatically. Renewable energy generation and storage play an increasingly important role. Total Wine Conference Room, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

March 11 – 13 – The 8th Annual Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit will focus on the ever changing and expanding opportunities for development in the region where the full spectrum of renewable energy production continues to thrive.  Imperial Valley currently exports over 500 megawatts of renewable energy to surrounding communities. With the addition of new renewable energy projects that are under development and upon completion would produce up to 2,500 MW of renewable energy. Imperial Valley is poised to be a major contributor in helping California achieve its renewable energy portfolio standards of 33% renewable energy by 2020. Quechan Resort, Winterhaven, CA

March 12 – Climate Resolve and Environmental Defense Fund host the California Methane Symposium.  At this symposium, climate change and methane experts from leading academic and research institutions will discuss the science behind methane as a major climate change agent and announce newly funded research. Scientists and government representatives will detail what is both known and unknown about concentrations and sources of methane in California, such as landfill emissions, oil extraction and refinement and aging gas transmission infrastructure.  Deaton Auditorium, LAPD Headquarters, Los Angeles, 1:30 – 4:30 PM

March 12 – 13 – the Green Revolution 2.0 — will examine Food and Fuel for the 21st Century:  stress tolerant food crops to feed our growing populations and advanced biofuels to power our continued economic growth. This symposium will feature top researchers from around the world presenting the latest research in genetics, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, economics, and bio-manufacturing of algae and plant-based biomass. Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

March 14 – 15 – Since 2005 AltCar has provided a very accessible and comprehensive setting where both industry and general public can discover existing alternatives to the way they use energy and transportation and motivate everyone to take further action. There are little decisions that we each make every day that, added together, will make a big impact overall. Turn off a light, walk or ride a bike to the movies, consolidate trips, take mass transit to a conference or business meeting. Craneway Pavilion, Point Richmond

March 16 – 17 – The California STEM Learning Network will convene 400 partners and STEM leaders from PK-12, higher education, business and industry, government agencies, science rich education institutions, and non-profits to help California prepare the nation’s most STEM-capable graduates by coordinating and activating a statewide network representing all STEM stakeholders.  Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles

March 16 – 18 – The Cleantech Group presents their annual Cleantech Forum. This gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offers a comprehensive, multi-day development program along with exclusive opportunities to network, socialize, and get deals done.  Sensors, data, software, financing mechanisms, and analytics are needed to manage our increasingly complex and decentralized world.  This challenge and opportunity will be at the core of what is discussed at this year’s event.  Palace Hotel, San Francisco

March 18 – Imagine H20’s Water Gala celebrating this year’s winners of the Water Infrastructure Challenge is a companion event to the Cleantech Forum.  Palace Hotel, San Francisco, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

March 19 – 20 – Now in its 24th year, the California Water Policy Conference is the premier event in the State that brings together leaders from the agricultural, urban water and environmental communities to discuss the current policy issues impacting California’s water. Every year over 300 participants from around the State attend this conference to network with their colleagues, listen to perspectives they may have not heard before and learn about new programs and ideas.  Roberts Environmental Center, Claremont McKenna College

March 23 – 24 – the International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation presents the 15th Annual Clean Energy Conference, a two-day event focused on clean energy systems covering sustainable power generation, energy utilization, and grid ramifications.  Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UCI

March 24 – PortTech Forum looks at the impact to local business owners and operators due to the new Stormwater Runoff Rules that go into effect on July 1.  The revised regulations are broader in scope and introduce new compliance requirements needed to reduce the flow of contaminated waters into sewers, flood control channels and ultimately the ocean.  The Forum will examine the goals of the rules generally and how they apply specifically to the businesses in and around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  LA Harbor College, 8:00 – 10:30 AM

March 24 – 25 – The California Climate and Agriculture Network will host their 4th California Climate and Agriculture Summit.  The Summit explores the science, policy and practice of climate change and sustainable agriculture in California. Participants include farmers and ranchers, agency staff, technical service providers, policymakers and advocates concerned with climate change challenges and opportunities for California agriculture.  UC Davis Conference Center

March 26 – The innovate!socal 2015  conference is a symposium that brings together disruptive thinkers in economic development and the startup community to work together to find solutions to building the entrepreneur ecosystem for Southern California. The day features panels and renowned speakers sharing their perspectives on tools and models that help establish a powerful, self-sustaining, nurturing environment for high growth start-ups.  Pacific Ballroom, Long Beach Convention Center, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM


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.