Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2016 – April

Green LAVAWelcome to the April, 2016, Cleantech Calendar of events for 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 the Annual LAVA Venture Awards Dinner, Energy Innovation Conference, Cleantech OC’s “Let There Be Light” and CTO’s meeting “Reversing Ocean Pollution.”

30 March – LAVA’s 13th Annual Venture Awards Dinner recognizes Southern California’s best venture-backed companies and celebrates the induction of a special guest into the LAVA Hall of Fame. The awards dinner will be attended by over 300 leaders in the Venture Capital community, including CEOs and founders of successful emerging companies.  The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica, 5:30 – 10:00 PM

4 – 7 April – the 30th Annual BioCycle West Coast conference organized by BioCycle Magazine covers all the angles for successful organics recycling: source reduction, source separation, collection, composting, anaerobic digestion, high value end markets, low carbon fuels, water resource recovery and local green economics.  Multiple sessions, exhibits, workshops and keynotes each day.  Town and Country Resort, San Diego

6 – 8 April – The Wall Street Journals annual ECO:nomics brings together a diverse group of global CEOs, top entrepreneurs, environmental experts and policy makers. This year’s conference will give attendees the opportunity to join the national debate over energy policy, sustainability and climate.  Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara

12 April – Cleantech OC hosts Let There Be Light.  Integrated LED lighting technologies continue on their paths toward greater efficiencies and further connectedness. The meeting will highlight key technologies in this evolution and those players facing procurement and integration challenges in this dynamic field. We will also highlight tax and other non-energy benefits that can be realized through LED integration and how to navigate that process.  UCI Applied Innovation, 8:00 – 11:30 AM

14 April – YPE LA and CHBC:  Rollout of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and Renewable Hydrogen.  California is at the forefront of Stationary Fuel Cells & Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) deployment in the US and worldwide. Funding from the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) is currently being used to build a statewide hydrogen refueling infrastructure of 100 stations to meet the state’s goals for reducing GHG emissions and petroleum dependence. Stationary Fuel Cells are becoming a popular reliable source of renewable power, heat, and hydrogen fuel throughout the state.  Join us for a networking mixer and discussion panel.  Bergamot Art Station, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

18 – 20 April – 6th Annual Knowledge Foundation Next-Generation Energy Storage conference highlights breakthroughs in new battery chemistries, novel electrode and electrolyte materials, system integration for mobile, and portable and stationary applications have paved the road toward an emerging market with unlimited potential.  The conference features leading experts in the fields of battery materials, systems design and integration, manufacturing and commercial applications who address emerging issues driving this pivotal time in the battery industry.  San Diego Marriott La Jolla

19 April – The Sustainable Business Council 5th Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards reception and ceremony salutes and spotlights Southern California companies working daily to create sustainably focused products and services that reduce ecological impact.  Lexus Santa Monica, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

19 – 20 April –  The Peak Load Management Association (PLMA) Spring Conference provides real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace.  Now in its 17th year, over 150 demand response industry professionals are expected to attend from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers. Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

19 – 21 April – Infocast is hosting the 2nd Annual EVs & the Grid Summit once again uniting the stakeholder groups at the forefront of the transport and power convergence.  California is doubling down on its de-carbonization plan – already aggressive by global standards.  Policy-makers, utilities, third party solution providers, automakers, port and airport authorities, municipalities, fleet managers and commercial building owners will all be present to add their perspective and explore partnering opportunities as CA leads the shift to electric transport.  Long Beach Marriott

20 April – The Clean Technology Council presents Reversing Ocean Pollution.  Dr. Roland Geyer will examine proactive steps to reduce and eliminate plastics and other manufactured goods from entering the oceans.  The magnitude of plastic waste within the world’s oceans is greater than the estimated 250,000 metric tons floating on top. It’s a real wake-up call calling for all plastic to be recycled or captured in landfills.  Total Wine Conference Center, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

20 – 21 April – Now in its 25th year, the California Water Policy Conference is the premier venue for inclusive, engaging and frank discussion of the most pressing water issues of the day. The conference brings together policy thinkers and management leaders representing diverse constituencies and perspectives who are seeking to inform and be informed through active dialogue. 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. UC Davis Conference Center

21 – 22 April – The 10th Green California Summit and Exposition arrives at a time when the benefits of years of program development, legislation and ballot measures have moved from concept to implementation. The goals are clear and there have never been more ways to fund projects – from incentives to carbon trading proceeds to innovative financial mechanisms.  Sacramento Convention Center

22 April – The Energy Innovation Conference is an annual event that brings together students, academics and professionals and seeks to showcase innovative technologies with the potential to reinvent the energy industry, enable entrepreneurs and researchers to demonstrate technology to investors and industry experts, and provide an atmosphere of collaborative learning through a panel format. UCLA Carnesale Commons, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

23 April – Riverside Green Festival and Summit – the free event will include presentations every half hour from 9 am till 12:30 and unique outdoor demonstrations with interactive activities. Program tracks include: Local Foods; Green Living; Sustainability in City design; and Wild Riverside, featuring information about local places to enjoy nature, wildlife, watersheds, native plant landscaping and more. Take-home ideas for sustainable living and learn about using your “purchasing power” for the benefit of our local economy.  Riverside Community College Quad – 9:00 AM – 3:30 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.