Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2015 – April

Green LAVAWelcome to the April 2015 Cleantech Calendar of events of interest to entrepreneurs, start-up executives, investors, service professionals and community leaders around Southern California and beyond.  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: Spring Green Expo, LABC’s Sustainability Summit, the quarterly SCRUB and CTC’s Workshop on Mega Drought.

April 1 – Cleantech San Diego presents: San Diego’s Energy Storage Future looking at the ways to maximize energy output from clean resources, a new challenge arises of how and where to store that clean energy. Energy storage is a critical part of San Diego’s cleantech economy, and local innovators are well equipped to meet this 21st Century challenge.  SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, San Diego. 8:30 AM – 11 AM.

April 3 – the last day for early bird registration to OCTANe’s Technology Investor Forum – the annual OC showcase of SoCal innovation.  The event is held in early May.

April 6 – Clean Fleet Transportation Efficiencies Forum a hands-on and interactive forum will educate fleets about the strategies, technology options, and best practices associated with increased vehicle sustainability and efficiency. This includes petroleum reduction, alternative fuels, electrification options, and incentives for clean vehicles and infrastructure. Held in conjunction with the Green California Summit and Exposition and organized and presented by CALSTART, CarbonBLU, Clean Cities Sacramento and Clean Cities East Bay.  Sacramento Convention Center, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

April 7 – Solar for Homeowners will be presented by the Center for Sustainable Energy and will explain the fundamentals of solar electricity, how to apply for available incentives and share valuable consumer awareness tips that can help you feel more confident when evaluating solar for your home.  SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, San Diego. 5:30 – 8:00 PM

April 7 – 8 – Now in its ninth year, the Green California Summit remains the only event of its kind – an annual opportunity for stakeholders from the public and private sectors to share innovations in policy, practice and technology that can help the Golden state attain its environmental and economic goals. The Summit includes keynote presentations, educational sessions, networking opportunities and an Expo featuring green products and services. Sacramento Convention Center

April 9 – Cleantech San Diego and the Moxie Foundation present SCRUB – the quarterly program that features early stage cleantech companies presenting their business plans.  In return the companies receive business guidance and key connections, including advice on access to capital, strategic partnerships, and professional services.  Morrison & Foerster, San Diego, 8:30 – 10:30 AM

April 12 – 14 – The Growth Capital Expo brings together the best ideas, the most promising companies and the top deal makers in emerging growth finance for three days of education and networking in the nation’s premier destination for meetings and entertainment. Join 300 of the top growth company executives, investors and finance specialists focused on the pre-IPO and public microcap market for an unparalleled experience in education, networking and deal making. Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

April 14 – 16 –  Now in its eighth year, Greentech Media’s Solar Summit is the U.S. solar industry’s premier annual gathering. Join leaders from across the solar value chain for over two days of ground breaking content as well as unsurpassed networking opportunities that will drive business and foster new partnerships among attendees. The Solar Summit focuses on what the solar industry needs to know now – making it the premier conference for defining industry needs and creating new business opportunities.  The Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park, AZ

April 18 – Southern California Number Theory Day 2015 – Caltech – 9:00 AM

April 18 – 19 – Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival.  Now celebrating its 45th year, the community-organized festival is one of the longest-running and consistently held Earth Day celebrations in the country – and is believed to be one of the largest Earth Day festivals on the West Coast.  The Community Environmental Council has hosted and organized the event since its beginning in 1970.  Alameda Park, Santa Barbara

April 19 – 20 – Intelliversity presents the Revenue Royalties Summit for Investors and Entrepreneurs.  Revenue Participation Funding — also known as “Revenue Royalties” – is the idea of selling (or buying) a share of a company’s revenue, in contrast to traditional methods of finance such as selling (or buying) stock (equity) or borrowing (or lending) money in the normal way.  The Summit intends to educate interested entrepreneurs and investors, as well as their advisors, and also provide unprecedented access to each other.  Doubletree Hilton, Santa Monica

April 21 – 22 -The Knowledge Foundation’s Next Generation Batteries conference convenes electrical/chemical engineers, materials scientists, battery manufacturers, energy storage system integrators, project developers, electrical utilities managers, independent power producers, electrical system regulators and policymakers, governmental agencies and the investor community to energize the dialogue about efficient energy capacity, storage and conversion. San Diego Marriott

April 22 – The Cleantech Institute will again present their EV Forum – a great networking opportunity for stakeholders and the general public to discuss the challenges and opportunities in electric vehicle industry, exploring options in solving the pollution problems caused by the mass deployment of fossil fuels with the internal combustion engines.  The EV Forum 2015’s theme is to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles, to highlight the latest development in electric drivetrain, advanced battery technology, the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, laws and regulations and government incentives, education and workforce training. TBD

April 22 – the Clean Technology Council presents “Can California’s Economy Survive a Mega Drought” with Dr. Anthony Hepton, Past VP, Quality Assurance at Dole Food Company.  Dr. Hepton will review CA’s water use, conservation, diversion in agriculture, residential and business with new guidelines for saving water.  Total Wine Tasting Room, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

April 24 – The Los Angeles Business Council presents the 2015 Sustainability Summit – an overview of the long term sustainability goals and strategies affecting business in Los Angeles and throughout the region.  Topics include CA Senate Climate Change Package, financing renewables, energy efficiency, smart grid, Cap and Trade and electric vehicles.  Getty Center, West Los Angeles, 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

April 27 -29 – The Utility Solar Conference hosted by the Solar Electric Power Association provides 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. USC brings together utilities interested in improving, expanding or developing a viable long-term solar strategy.  Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego

April 28 – 30 – the Climate Action Reserve hosts the 13th annual Navigating the American Carbon World, the nation’s longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets.  This event will focus on the current status and future growth of California’s historic cap-and-trade program, other established and emerging carbon markets, potential linkages between markets, activity stemming from U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, other national climate change policies and other innovative environmental initiatives.  Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

April 30 – The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is proud to host the 8th annual Spring Green Expo. This unique one-day educational event has something for everyone. Whether you come for an hour, or stay for the day, you will have an opportunity to learn more about what steps you can take to live and work in a more environmentally friendly manner. Green Exhibits, ECO Innovators Showcase, Seminars and recognition of Water Awareness Month photo exhibit.  MWD HQ, downtown Los Angeles, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

April 30 – The 10th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference is about leadership and actions that will drive the California economy while preserving resources needed for a prosperous future. This day-long conference is the North Bay’s premiere networking event for business, government, education, and community leaders seeking inspiration and education about green trends, policies and products. Over 30 speakers, 300 attendees and 40 exhibitors are expected. Sonoma Mountain Village, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

April 30 – May 1 – The Association of Commuter Transportation hosts the 2015 ACT Regional Conference. This year’s Southern California Regional Conference will focus on ACTive Transportation and is sure to educate and inspire attendees with sessions on new technologies, car-free living, climate update, and much more. Queen Mary, Long Beach


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.