Upcoming Cleantech Events

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I thought I’d start highlighting upcoming cleantech events more here on CleanTechnica. Here are a handful of events you may or may not be interested in and able to attend. Drop more you are aware of in the comments below.

Sustainability 2.0: Harnessing the Power of Social Media to Promote Change (at Social Media Week)

Tuesday, September 20 at 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM  |  Latham Watkins Downtown Office in Los Angeles

At the Sustainability 2.0 event we will discuss how social media can motivate sustainability decisions – both decisions by individuals and decisions by companies. This will be an interactive panel discussion from 3-5 followed by a networking reception.

About Sustainability 2.0

Polls tell us that people want to buy ‘green’ products and are willing to pay more for it – but when push comes to shove – most people don’t.

But we know there are growing environmental problems that we need to solve. The changing climate, increasing air and water pollution, rising energy prices, and ongoing water supply problems are all driven by choices that people make. It doesn’t matter what you buy – cars, cosmetics, electronics and food all impact the environment – they all impact the environment. What does matter is how much you use – especially energy & water – and how much you waste. These have large impacts and global implications. With social media, consumers have more power to affect change in companies than ever before. This panel will highlight the following:

How do we connect the dots?

Do informed consumers make more sustainable choices?
How does social media influence consumer behavior and get people to demand more sustainable choices?
How will companies respond?


Robert Wyman | Global Chair, Environment, Land & Resources Department | Latham & Watkins
Craig Cogut | CEO | Pegasus Capital Advisors
Julie Albright | Research Scientist | University of Southern California
Nikhil Jain | Founder and CEO | OnGreen
Mark Bernstein | Senior Vice President | MWW Group
Gert Gremes | Founder and Chairman | Tecnospot Solar

Paula Mints: update on global PV markets

PV analyst Paula Mints of Navigant Consulting will give an assessment on the current status of the industry, updates on international PV markets to date, and prognostications on what it all means for 2012.

Collaborative Purchasing: Making Solar Simple, Affordable and Social

Research into the peer effects of solar purchasing decisions show that solar is contagious.  Emerging models tap that power of the crowd by creating group purchase programs within businesses and other organizations — with the result of increasing demand, reducing complexity and lowering the price of going solar.  Learn how organizations of all kinds are establishing these programs to provide a valuable employee perk and meet Corporate Social Responsibility goals. Presented by Jessie Denver of GroupEnergy, this webinar will explain the mechanics and results of these innovative collaborative purchasing programs.

Accelerate: Global Cleantech Conference

October 11-12 in San Francisco

Accelerate is a two day summit designed to explore the cleantech phenomenon that has inspired entrepreneurs, captivated policymakers, and attracted billions of dollars in funding from both the venture capital industry and some of the largest companies in the world.

Accelerate will examine the impact which the cleantech revolution is having on big business and society as a whole, and why cleantech is no longer a sector of technology, but rather a filter through which all the processes of civilization are being fundamentally upgraded.

Accelerate will connect the cleantech elite—CEOs, VCs, corporate investors, government officials, and other influential people from the cleantech community around the world—challenging them to present investment ideas and entrepreneurial innovations that not only promise environmental sustainability and resource abundance, but also deliver the basic necessities of life—energy, water, food, shelter, transportation and waste management—at lower unit costs. Such breakthroughs will spur economic growth and development, increase productivity, and raise the standard of living in countries all over the world.

Accelerate will take place at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the largest Platinum LEED certified building in the world.

Solar Power International

October 17-20 in Dallas

Solar Power International (SPI) is North America’s largest, most comprehensive solar power trade show and conference. This annual, business-to-business event was the first of its kind in North America and grows bigger and better every year.

Nearly 24,000 professionals from 125+ countries attend. With one out of five attendees coming from outside the United States, SPI is truly a global event.

In 2011, over 1,200 companies from all vertical markets in the solar power spectrum will exhibit in a space of more than 1 million gross square feet.


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