Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2016 – March

Green LAVAWelcome to the March, 2016, 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.  The highlights this month include CTC’s event on converting CO2 into Useful Products; the PortTech EXPO, the largest martime oriented cleantech event on the West Coast; and, the Microgrid Global Summit at UCI.

March 1 – 2 – The 4th annual Venture Summit West, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers. Computer History Museum, Mountain View

March 8 – 10 – The annual Climate Leadership Conference convenes a global audience of climate, energy, and sustainability professionals to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Now in its fifth year, the 2016 event will host the first U.S. climate conference post-Paris to further accelerate climate solutions and a low-carbon economy.  Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle WA

March 9 – 11 – 9th Annual Renewable Energy & Water Summit hosted by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC). The IV is home to more than 2,000 megawatts of geothermal, solar and wind energy developments with potential of 25,000 MW of renewable energy.  As California pushes for an increased Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 33% by 2020 to 50% by 2030, Imperial Valley continues to be positioned to be a major contributor in helping the state achieve its RPS goals. Imperial Palms Hotel, Holtville, CA

March 9 – 13 – Natural Products Expo West/Engredea is projected to be the largest in its 36-year history. The sold out trade-only event will play host to more than 3,000 companies and 70,000 attendees. The natural products industry is experiencing growth of 9% per year, driven in part by new and emerging brands. This year, the number of entrepreneurial exhibitors will hit 600.  Anaheim  Hilton and Anaheim Convention Center

March 10 – The 6th annual PortTechEXPO brings together innovators and entrepreneurs; port and transportation executives; investors, sponsors and service providers; and academic, corporate and civic leaders for global networking opportunities. The #PortTechEXPO features live demonstrations, interactive displays and the latest advancements in environment, energy, transportation and safety/security solutions.  CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Use the Group Discount Code: LAVA when you register!

March 13 – 15 – The California Section of the WateReuse Association will convene its 2016 Annual Conference designed for individuals, organizations, and agencies that are associated with or interested in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects in California.  Conference attendees include water recycling leaders, public agency representatives, elected officials, customers, developers, consultants, teachers, operators, environmental groups, students, manufacturer representatives and other individuals interested in engaging in the dialog about water recycling. topics covered will include recycled water planning, operational issues, regulatory issues, financial considerations, and environmental benefits. Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa, CA

March 16 – The Clean Technology Council presents: “Turning Carbon Dioxide in Air & Emissions into Useful Products.” Joel Balbien, CFA, Ph.D, Managing Director, GreenTech Consulting reviews new processes that convert waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from fermentation plants, fossil fuels, and the air into useful products. He will review his work at Joule unlimited, Liquid Light, Mantra Energy, Hydrogenics, SolarJet, Ginkgo Bioworks, NewCO2Fuels, NREL, MIT, Caltech, USC, and UC Berkeley.  Total Wine Conference Center​, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

March 16 – Greentech Media in collaboration with More Than Smart hosts the first state-specific conference on the Future of the Grid Edge. As distributed energy gains steam in California, state regulators, policymakers, utilities and DER providers are shaping the rules, regulations, and markets that will ensure the transition is speedy and smooth. It’s a complex, exciting landscape, and today’s actions in California will undoubtedly influence tomorrow’s DER market across the country. Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Reception 5:00 – 7:00 PM

March 16 – IMAGINE H2O’s 7th annual Water Gala featuring the 10 startups selected to participate IH2O’s Water Data Challenge.  IH2O provides a proven path-to-market for early stage water companies, with participants benefitting from mentorship and advice from industry leaders, visibility in the marketplace, introductions to investors and connections to a global network of companies and utilities committed to deploying water technology. Galvanize, San Francisco, 6:30 PM

March 22 – 24 – UCI hosts the Microgrid Global Summit, one of two pillars in the ICEPAG (International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation).  The Summit draws together experts from industry, government, and academia from around the world to examine these issues and share critical, cutting edge information about real-world, on-the-ground Microgrid deployments that are pushing the envelope of energy reliability, quality, and accessibility.  UCI, Samueli School of Engineering

March 22 – 24 – Infocast presents the Solar Power Executive Briefing and Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit; the leading gathering place for the industry’s deal makers. Each year, senior-level solar and financial executives mingle in an intimate setting that provides for an efficient, in-depth, and focused networking experience. From beginning to end, the Summit offers up constant opportunities to meet key dealmakers, learn about their plans for the upcoming year, and capitalize on new prospects that will lead to successful deals. Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego

March 24 – Call it green, responsible, sustainable, SRI, or ESG, there are many ways to invest for profit and positive impact. Attending a regional Investing for Impact event can help you understand the valuable resources available, develop the confidence to talk about investment impact and performance, create deeper relationships with investors based on trust and common values, and assist investors to make more informed, more impactful choices. Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, 9:00 AM – 4:00 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.