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Clean Technology Community Events | 2017

Spain Southern California Investment Summit: Core Industries; Renewables, Infrastructure and Smart Cities | Oct 24 | Los Angeles, CA

The Trade Commission of Spain in Los Angeles - ICEX Spain Trade and Investment is organizing the Spain Southern California Investment Summit in Los Angeles on October 24th from 9:00am to 2:00pm (Registration opens at 8:30am) at The Omni Los Angeles Hotel, in collaboration with the Office of Governor Brown - Go-Biz, the Office of Mayor Garcetti – International Trade, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Center. The Secretary (Minister) for Infrastructure from Spain, Iñigo de la Serna, is leading a delegation of more than 30 companies from the Renewable Energy, Transport Infrastructure, Waste and Water and Smart Cities sectors. The Spain Southern California Investment Summit provides American companies with a great opportunity to do business with companies from Spain that are deeply interested in the Southern California market. You can also benefit from the four specialized industry panels that are being organized with top-notch experts in these sectors from California.


Smart Buildings Center | Empowering Smart Buildings | Oct 26 | Seattle, WA

Join the Smart Buildings Center for a breakfast networking event that will feature a variety of resource tools available at SBC as well as a facilitated panel discussion that highlights smart building technologies and practices and how this region is taking a leadership position in bringing these ideas to market. 

21st Century Energy Transition Symposium | Oct 30-31 | Fort Collins, CO

The Energy Institute and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability will host the seventh annual 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium at CSU on October 30-31. The two day event encapsulates an ever-broadening dialogue around the U.S. and world’s energy transition and the topics surrounding those complex issues. The Women in Clean Energy lunch will kick off the event, which in the past, has inspired an audience of men and women on energy-related topics while discussing how to unleash the power of women in an ever-changing energy landscape. At this year’s event, you’ll hear from experts on “energy’s grand challenges” including how innovation, research and policy can lead to national and global impact. Speakers will discuss how clean energy leadership is being taken up by cities, states and corporations, how effective cyber and energy security impacts the U.S. interlinked networks as well as how decarbonizing fossil fuels can be accomplished. You’ll hear how understanding human behavior is critical to achieving energy and climate goals. In addition, researchers will share actual solutions and innovations that are in the marketplace helping to solve complex energy issues our world is facing today. A panel of sitting Governors (Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper) will share how they believe they can inspire non-partisan collaborations and regional cooperation. This session will be moderated by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. A panel will discuss the key issues facing electric utilities, state policy makers, cities and corporations as part of the transition to a low-carbon electric grid. Another session will discuss megatrends and associated challenges related to energy security and the impending transition to a low carbon energy future on a global scale. A high powered, experienced and diverse capstone panel will end the two day event while recapping what was shared at the symposium with forward-thinking insights. As in the past years, Colorado State University strives to host a balanced event that welcomes diverse thought leaders.


U.S. Department of Commerce | Renewable Energy Integration Trade Mission to Canada | Oct 30-Nov 2 | Toronto & Calgary

The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration is organizing a Renewable Energy Integration Trade Mission to Toronto and Calgary October 30-November 2, 2017. Canada has undergone dramatic changes in its energy sector over the past few years, including the development of new renewable energy capacity alongside unconventional fossil fuel development. Although fossil fuels will most likely remain a part of Canada’s energy mix into the foreseeable future, some provinces are taking dramatic steps to reduce and eliminate coal-based energy (British Columbia and Alberta) while others eliminated it entirely (Ontario, Quebec). ITA (as outlined in its recent Top Markets Report) expects Canada to have new capacity through 2017 focused on wind, solar and hydropower development; with some optimism for near-term opportunities for Geothermal power in 2018. As such, over the next year Canada is predicted to account for nearly one-fourth of all U.S. exports in the Renewable Energy Sector, and that could increase dramatically if U.S. firms take advantage of the opportunities presenting themselves in Western Canada right now. Further, Canada’s proximity to the United States and the close commercial relationship enjoyed by many U.S. suppliers provides exporters a favorable environment to sell their products or services. Please note that this positive outlook is reflected in Canada ranking first on ITA’s list of top renewable energy export markets for the third year in a row.



Climate Change & Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century | Nov 1 | Seattle, WA

Nuclear energy is the largest source of low carbon electricity in the United States. Can the nation's climate goals be reached without a significant contribution from nuclear? And what new technologies are in development that will make new nuclear energy facilities even more able to contribute to mitigating climate change? Hear from guests Dr. James Conca (Forbes Energy), Lenka Kollar (NuScale), Mark Schanfein (PNNL), and Dr. Nick Touran (TerraPower) about climate change and nuclear energy.

Western Energy Institute | Women in Energy Symposium | Nov 1-3 | San Diego, CA

Women are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry, with an extreme disparity continuing into both leadership and trade positions. This program addresses some of the opportunities and challenges that women face working in the energy industry and advocates for workplace inclusion and teamwork. Open to both women and men, WEI members will join together for leadership training, education, networking and mentorship. Sessions include executive panels with both males and females, and roundtable discussions on internal support for inclusion. With a growing emphasis on cross-functional teams and diverse skill sets, this program will support utility directives to build a cohesive workforce.

Women in CleanTech and Sustainability | WCS Talks 2017 | Nov 4 | Mountain View, CA

Women in Cleantech & Sustainability hosts an annual TED-style event featuring the brightest minds and most inspiring stories from the clean economy revolution. The event features both women and men from a variety of sectors sharing their perspectives and challenging our assumptions. CleanTech Alliance members can save 25% using the ALLIANCE2017 promo code.

NEBC | Washington’s Clean Energy Future | Nov 6 | Tacoma, WA

Eight years strong, Washington's Energy Future keeps you up to date on the intersection of energy, efficiency, innovation, and how these sectors impact the state's economy. You will gain a deeper understanding of the political, economic, and social forces driving the clean energy industry, and come away with insights into how to meet the current challenges and position your company or organization to take advantage of future opportunities.


Forth | Expanding Fast Charging | Nov 9 | Seattle, WA 

Join Forth to learn about efforts underway that will dramatically expand Washington’s fast charging network over the coming year. Learn how fast chargers are becoming increasingly common, and getting even faster, and how that is driving transportation electrification in the region. Guest speaker Brendan O'Donnell, Energy Planning Analyst at Seattle City Light, will discuss the organization’s strategy to implement more fast-charging stations in the city and upcoming projects. He will also discuss SCL’s involvement with the Washington State Department of Transportation's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Pilot Program (EVIPP).

Trade Development Alliance | Business Development & Trade Mission to the UAE | Nov 9-17 | Abu Dhabi, Dubai

The Trade Development Alliance is excited to announce the participation of the Lt. Governor for Washington State, Cyrus Habib as the lead for the upcoming business and trade development mission to the UAE.  The Lt. Governor will be joined by delegates from the region interested in looking at the UAE and MENA region as a place to expand their business, assess and explore specific business and investment opportunities, as well as to help promote Greater Seattle as a world-class business center. Build connections for your company with the opportunity gateway for the MENA region. Enhance your understanding of the cultural and social dimensions of the business environment. Help meet specific business objectives.

Washington Export Outreach Team | Grow Your Business Internationally | Nov 16 | Tacoma, WA

Do you run a small business? Are you looking for ways to grow your business? Join the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT) and the MBDA Tacoma Business Center for this half-day export workshop.


New York Times | ClimateTECH | Nov 29-30 | San Francisco, CA
This November in San Francisco, The New York Times introduces ClimateTECH, a groundbreaking summit that brings together influential leaders from key industries to assess bold technologies that remain our best bet to keep global warming below the 2-degree threshold – the widely acknowledged danger zone for the planet. CleanTech Alliance members receive a 20% discount off the registration fee by clicking

New England Venture Summit | Dec 6 | Randolph, MA

Hear top tier VCs, Corporate VCs and Angel Investors on the key issues facing Investors and Startup CEOs alike. Industry experts will provide updated analyses and share their experience with the audience. Discover more than 100 of the hottest early stage and emerging growth technology, mobile, life sciences, healthcare IT, clean-tech and ed-tech innovators as they present live to leading investors. Connect with investors, startups and potential partners.


Forth | Annual Holiday Celebration | Dec. 7 | Seattle, WA 

Join Forth to celebrate the holiday season - and the growth that their industry has experienced over the past twelve months! At December's event, Forth’s Executive Director, Jeff Allen, will give a brief recap of the biggest local and national news of 2017, and then a toast to the forward movement of the industry.



Clean Technology Community Events | 2018

Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County | EDC's 46th Annual Economic Forecast Conference | Jan 11 | Seattle, WA

Don’t miss your chance to join the conversation — learn what lies ahead for the region with forecasts from nationally-recognized experts and network with more than 800 other Northwest corporate and public leaders. For 46 years, the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County’s (EDC) annual Economic Forecast Conference, the largest economic forecast conference in the region, has helped business and community leaders translate economic trends into competitive intelligence to successfully plan for the future. 

CleanTech Forum | Jan 22-24 | San Francisco, CA
This annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offers a comprehensive, three-day program along with exclusive opportunities to network, learn, and get deals done. Now in its 16th year, Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2018 will once again be a true kick off for your year – mark your calendars for January 22-24, 2018!

GLOBE Forum 2018 | Mar 14-16 | Vancouver, BC

North America’s largest and longest-running international leadership summit on sustainable business.  

The undisputed thought-leader in sustainability worldwide, GLOBE is known as the quintessential gathering of global senior business, government and civil society representatives who meet to network and advance issues at the nexus of business and sustainability agendas.  The Conference and associated clean-tech Innovation Expo, showcasing everything from electric vehicles and remediation technologies to life cycle analysis tools and more, will once again attract nearly 10,000 delegates from more than 60 countries, sparking inspiration, collaboration, green innovation and enhanced corporate responsibility.

Transforming Local Government Conference | Apr 3-6 | Tacoma WA

The 2018 Transforming Local Government Conference (TLG) will take place April 3-6, in Tacoma, Washington, attracting over 600 local government professionals at every level in the organization across the U.S. and Canada. The show is recognized for its dynamic content that encourages freethinking and fosters unprecedented ideas, all within a relaxed and professional networking and learning environment.

Alaska Rural Energy Conference | Apr 10-12 | Fairbanks, AK

Building on the growing success, the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power have joined forces again to organize and sponsor the 11th biennial Alaska Rural Energy Conference. The 2016 conference in Fairbanks attracted almost 400 people from over 75 villages and towns in Alaska and beyond. The Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities.

Green Transportation Summit & Expo | April 17-18 | Tacoma, WA

The Green Transportation Summit & Expo (GTSE) is the region’s premier fleet modernization and alternative fuels event. GTSE 2018 is confirmed for April 17-19, 2018 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center with our Performance Ride & Drive at Pacific Raceways and will offer information-packed sessions, prominent national and regional speakers, and the latest technologies from industry leaders. Fleet managers and clean-fleet stakeholders have relied on GTSE events to give them the best value for their time and budget, and the 9th annual installment promises to continue that trend. Topnotch education and networking opportunities attract professionals who are determining the future of their fleets, companies and cities.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory |
Industry Growth Forum | May 3-4 | Denver, CO

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Industry Growth Forum features presentations from 30 emerging clean energy companies, provocative panels, one-on-one meetings and organized networking opportunities. NREL's Industry Growth Forum allows growing companies to prepare, refine, and present their businesses to a wide range of investors. Entrepreneurial companies ranging from university and laboratory spinouts to commercially ready clean technologies from across the globe apply to present at the Forum, which attracts leading cleantech investors, corporate partners, and global energy companies looking for strategic investments and partnering opportunities. 

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