The CleanTech Alliance Breakfast Series presents notable cleantech executive speakers for a monthly conversation followed by networking with 100 cleantech industry leaders from across the region. A different speaker and topic is presented on the second Wednesday of each month (7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) from September through May (except October, which is reserved for the Energy Leadership Summit).
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2018-19 Breakfast Series Speakers & Topics
This year’s theme is “Disruptive Clean Technologies in…”
Energy & Blockchain | Occurred on September 12, 2018 – Recap coming soon!
Building | November 14, 2018
Susan Jones | atelierjones LLC
atelierjones’ work entwines design and research to embrace methodologies mined from sustainability and materials research, high-performance building systems from mass timber to modular prefabrication, historic preservation and adaptive reuse strategies and real estate development as well as community activism.
Founded by Susan Jones, FAIA in 2003 the firm seeks out sites, buildings and materials with inherent, but underutilized value—to harvest their embodied energy, their catalytic power for owners and communities, their beauty.
Transportation | December 12, 2018
Anhish Kumar | ZUNUM Aero
Founder and CEO
Regional travel is ripe for reinvention. Options for journeys up to a thousand miles are far from ideal, limited to slow travel on the ground and air service consolidating to large hubs. As a result, door-to-door times have not improved for decades, and the only alternative, high-speed rail, is limited by heavy capital needs for a few dense corridors. ZUNUM Aero aims to change that. Founded in 2013 by tech industry veteran Ashish Kumar and aerospace engineer Matt Knapp, the company is developing a family of commercial hybrid-to-electric aircraft for regional air service. ZUNUM aircraft are designed to light up thousands of regional airports that are largely unused today, bringing high-speed travel to every community.
Rob McDonald | Uber (invited)
Head of Vehicle Engineering (ELEVATE)
Insurance | January 9, 2019
Alex Bernhardt | Mercer Group
Alex Bernhardt, Principal and Head of Responsible Investment (RI) for Mercer in the US, is a noted expert in catastrophe, weather and financial risk management. In his role as US RI leader Alex is driving innovation in environmental and social risk assessment for investors of all types and sizes with a focus on climate change. He also facilitates strategic governance exercises with investor boards around sustainability and ESG integration.
Freight | February 13, 2019
Eric Beckwitt | Freightera
Eric Beckwitt is the Founder and CEO of Freightera, the North American platform for automating and reducing emissions from freight transport. Mr. Beckwitt is a specialist in software development and business automation, developing global business systems and preparing reports to Congress and the President of the U.S. Mr. Beckwitt is an internationally recognized author and speaker on emissions reduction from freight transport.
Stormwater | March 13, 2019
Erin Rothman | StormSensor
Erin has more than a decade of experience as an environmental consultant in Seattle, and she specializes in remediating contaminated sites as part of larger redevelopment projects, guiding them through Washington State Department of Ecology’s Voluntary Cleanup Program or completing cleanups in accordance with formal Agreed Orders and Consent Decrees. She currently runs her own consulting company, Rothman & Associates, and founded StormSensor Inc. in 2015, all with the objective of taking the fear, frustration, and expense out of environmental compliance.
Maritime | April 10, 2019
Remi Eriksen | DNV GL (invited)
Group President and CEO
Agriculture | May 8, 2019
Kevin Murphy | Washington State University
Dr. Murphy is an Assistant Professor of Barley and Alternative Crop Breeding in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at WSU. Kevin and his team of students and researchers work on breeding and agronomy of amaranth, barley, buckwheat, oca, perennial wheat, proso millet, quinoa, spelt, and teff. He has participated in international research and extension projects in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Malawi, is currently coordinating an international quinoa breeding project in ten countries in collaboration with the FAO, and recently returned from a Fulbright Fellowship in his hometown of Los Baños, Philippines.