CleanTech Advocacy Day- January 31, 2022

Save the date for our annual advocacy day on Monday, January 31 from 1:00-4:30pm PST. Our advocacy day will be virtual again this year, but we hope to return to Olympia in 2023.

This event offers CleanTech Alliance members an exclusive opportunity to engage and educate Washington State policymakers on the impact of clean technology research, innovation, and jobs. Despite the current challenges, we will still do our best to connect you with key policymakers in virtual constituent meetings.

The agenda includes:

  • 1:00-1:10 | Welcome and sponsor remarks from Boeing
  • 1:10-1:30 | Governor Inslee’s policy priorities with Senior Policy Advisor for Climate to Gov. Jay Inslee, Becky Kelley
  • 1:30-1:50 | Washington Department of Commerce’s policy priorities with Assistant Director, Energy Division, Michael Furze
  • 2:00-2:20 | Remarks from Washington State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon
  • 2:20-2:30 | Break
  • 2:30-3:00 | A Candid Conversation with Former Representative Beth Doglio
  • 3:00-3:30 | Decarbonizing the Built Environment Legislation & Policy with Ash Awad from McKinstry
  • 3:30-4:30 | Session #6 Speaker(s) TBD
  • 4:30-5:00 | Optional networking

Our Speakers

Hear from current and former legislators, industry and state agency leaders, and more during our exciting afternoon of panelists and keynote speakers. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements.

  • Becky Kelley, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate for Gov. Jay Inslee

Becky Kelley is a senior policy advisor on climate issues for Gov. Jay Inslee. In that role, Kelley led the Governor’s efforts to pass 2021’s groundbreaking climate legislation, including the Climate Commitment Act and the Clean Fuel Standard. Kelley is the former president of the Washington Environmental Council, and led that organization’s climate and clean energy policy efforts as well as many environmental advocacy campaigns and coalitions in a variety of roles over two decades.

  • Michael Furze, Assistant Director, Energy Division for the Washington Department of Commerce
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    Michael joined the Department of Commerce in 2014 and is Assistant Director for the Energy Division, which includes policy, initiatives, energy emergency management and the weatherization program. Michael joined the weatherization network in 2009, drawn by the convergence of social justice and environmental sustainability.

    After working for five years in the New Mexico Energy$mart Weatherization Program, he transitioned to Washington’s weatherization program in 2014 and has been actively involved in the weatherization network’s Weatherization Advisory Committee. Michael earned his master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico.

    • Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Representative in the Washington State Legislature

    Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon was elected to represent the 34th Legislative District in 2010. He chairs the House Environment & Energy Committee and sits on the Appropriations and Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources committees. He also serves on the Select Committee for Pension Policy. Prior to his election, Joe was a legislative staffer and member of the Burien Planning Commission.

    Joe’s top legislative priority is the fight against climate change. He has sponsored and helped to enact laws reducing Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electricity, refrigeration, and buildings; improving marine habitat protections for salmon, orcas, and forage fish; and promoting smart growth and transit-oriented communities. He has also worked to increase funding for transit, to pass criminal justice reforms to right the wrongs committed in the war on drugs, and to expand voting rights.

    • Beth Doglio, Former Representative in the Washington State Legislature

    Beth Doglio is a former State Representative, community organizer, climate justice leader, and mother of two.

    Serving in the Legislature from 2017 – 2021, Beth was one of Washington’s foremost leaders on clean energy and climate, housing and issues facing working families. She helped lead the passage of groundbreaking legislation to empower workers through higher wages and improved protections; to make Washington a leader in the fight against climate change; and to provide more resources to address homelessness.

    As Vice Chair of the Capital Budget committee, she helped secure millions in funding for infrastructure projects, land preservation and recreation, housing, and clean energy. She also served on Transportation, Energy and Environment, Labor and Workforce Standards and the Technology and Economic Development Committees.

    She is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of Quixote Communities, a non-profit providing housing units with a focus on Veterans and is a current member and co-founder of Win With Women, dedicated to electing progressive women to the state legislature.  She is the Board Chair of the PARC (Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture) Foundation and a board member of her local YMCA.

    • Ash Awad, Chief Market Officer at McKinstry

    With nearly 25 years of industry experience, Ash is responsible for evolving McKinstry’s vision and leadership for a variety of related initiatives aimed at innovation in the built environment and oversees McKinstry’s market development strategy. His extensive knowledge in the industry includes systems engineering, evaluation of sustainable ideas, development of alternative-financing solutions, and optimizing and securing utility incentives and grants. 

    Ash has served the community in a variety of industry and philanthropic roles. Currently he serves on boards of the Smart Buildings Center, Washington STEM and Climate Solutions. Ash also provides support to University of Washington’s Mechanical Engineering department. 

    Ash earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree from the University of Washington. Ash is a registered professional engineer. He serves as President for McKinstry Essention, LLC. 

    Please note:

    • Legislative Meetings are open only to CleanTech Alliance members.   
    • We welcome non-members to register and attend the presentations and networking.
    • If you are a member interested in a virtual meeting with one or more of your legislators, please fill out this form. Please note that constituent meetings are subject to legislator availability and will likely take place in the weeks after the event is over.

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