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Seattle WA – February 5, 2014 – The Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels + Co-Products Conference is set for April 28-30, 2014 at the Red Lion Hotel Fifth Avenue in Seattle Washington.
The conference website can be viewed here
It has been just over two years since the USDA invested $80 million to facilitate the development of a sustainable wood to biofuels and co-products industry in the northwest United States. This investment created the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) and Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB): two projects with multiple partners focused on softwood and hardwood feedstocks respectively.
These projects are proceeding amidst efforts from other northwest-based organizations (state government, research labs, industry, non-governmental organizations) who also contribute to developing wood biomass as a resource for fuel and novel products.
With so much activity devoted to wood-based biofuels and co-product development in the Northwest, this conference will provide a timely opportunity for the region to assess developments and form strategic partnerships. Read More…
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Cleantech startups are disrupting global industries. We are observing fundamental shifts in many key segments of the economy. The economy is experiencing a fundamental shift from centralized to distributed systems. Consumers are gaining power and are decentralizing decisions and processes.
This is causing a massive change in customer experiences, and placing incumbent business models at risk. This change is remarkable, and the pace of this change is accelerating.
Examples are all around us in energy, water, energy efficiency, transportation, waste and many others! Explore more on this year’s theme below.
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By Benjamin Romano, Originally published on Xconomy
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee got Republicans and Democrats to talk in 2013 about proposals to meet the state’s carbon emissions reduction goals. Expect more talk, but little action in 2014.
Olympia watchers do see prospects for movement on a few smaller issues important to the Washington clean technology and energy sectors, and technology companies broadly. But not when it comes to the big policies—cap-and-trade, a low-carbon fuels standard, or a carbon tax—that would put the state on the global map, and on course to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
“I do not believe that any of those things will move forward in the next 12 months,” Brad Boswell, a political consultant and lobbyist, told theWashington Clean Technology Alliance at a meeting Wednesday morning in Seattle.
In December, at the opening of the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington, Inslee reaffirmed his commitment to putting a price on carbon emissions. “Inaction is not an option,” he said.
The next day, Republicans and Democrats, led by Inslee, delivered proposals at a hearing of the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW), created through the governor’s signature 2013 legislative achievement on climate and clean energy. A subsequent meeting was cancelled because of “on-going discussions.” Read More…
December 2013 Energy Lunch | Noon – 3:00 p.m. | Tuesday, December 17th at the Port Townsend Community Center
Key Speaker: Stephen Crolius, Vice President – Clean Tech Practice, Alliance Consulting Group, Boston MA
Stephen Crolius was a primary member of the Clinton Climate Initiative that worked to reduce the carbon emissions in the world’s largest cities and that used market-based responses to unacceptable levels of climate impact from petroleum-based transportation systems to achieve successful introductions of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles as well as to plan and advocate for fleet trials of alternative transportation fuels including anhydrous ammonia, the “other hydrogen.”
Last Friday morning began with plenty of coffee, a healthy dose of surly and a splash of edginess to kick off the WCTA Second Annual Meeting featuring Denis Hayes of the Bullitt Foundation. Nearly 300 leaders in the cleantech industry came together to hear Hayes remark on the future of clean technology and the built environment.
In his introduction of Hayes, Boeing Company Director of Enterprise Strategy and Global Environment Health and Safety, Terry Mutter, commented on Boeing’s own success at decoupling energy consumption while creating jobs and increasing capacity. What’s good for the planet is also good for the bottom line.
After a great joke about Irish twins (aren’t you sad you missed it?) Hayes quickly reminded us why we were there: to discuss the need for creating buildings with a greater focus on energy and resource conservation. He talked about the “Great Urban Migration,” a global phenomenon in which millions of people are moving to urban areas. There are numerous factors driving the rural exodus: policy, climate disruption, economic opportunity and the ecological undermining of world agriculture. The United Nations estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2030.
The impact of this massive movement is evident in the close-quartered slums in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the constant gridlock in Houston traffic. Hayes stressed the need for architecture and construction to honor design and functionality more than artistic sculpture. “Cities should be healthy ecosystems, designed on the basis of 200,000 years of Darwinian beta testing,” Hayes said, “using the fruits of modern science and technology to promote the well-being of people.” Cities should consist of “living buildings” inside vibrant, resilient neighborhoods.
The Bullitt Center is the world’s first six-story “living building”, situated atop East Madison Street in Capitol Hill, looking west at the Seattle skyline. While Seattle may not be the most obvious place to construct an ambitious solar powered building it goes to show that if it can be done here then it can be done elsewhere.
The Bullitt Center is Hayes’ visionary dream turned reality and shines with optimism for the future of urban development. As the first attempt at constructing a “living building”, the Bullitt Center was much more expensive than comparable commercial buildings, Hayes remarked, however the first one of anything is always the most expensive. The important thing is that it opened the door for a new way of thinking about development.
It wasn’t an easy process, said Diane Sugimura of the City of Seattle, “The City’s building codes do not account for the construction of a “living building” so many of the obstacles we faced with the Bullitt Center required a little bit more flexibility than the ordinances would allow.” Despite that, the City of Seattle is the only US city with ordinances that encourage the “living building challenge”. The Bullitt Center and Stone 34 are learning experiences for the City to adapt its ordinances for new methods in construction.
Lisa Picard of Skanska acknowledged that the Bullitt Center created awareness, raised the bar and set the ball rolling for the development of more energy efficient buildings. Stone 34, the new Brooks Sports building will manage energy risks in the future. They have a young workforce that has a strong environmental conscience that is willing to pay the slightly higher cost of being in an energy efficient space.
That is not always the case though, as David Allen of McKinstry commented, the problem is that Americans are not accustomed to paying the true cost of anything in this country. A fundamental change in people’s behavior now will have the greatest impact on energy savings but habits are difficult to change.
Sugimura remarked that similar to the reusable shopping bag ordinance, it will take some time for people to adjust their behavior but it’s possible to make small changes over time. Picard agreed saying that “the behavioral component is huge, especially in commercial buildings. Twenty-five percent of our energy conservation will come from individual behavior changes and lifestyle modification”. It may be the most difficult thing to change but it will have the greatest impact.
Special thanks to moderator Hal Calbom of Sustainable Media Group for doing a spectacular job guiding the following panel discussion with Lisa Picard (Skanska), Diane Sugimura (City of Seattle), David Allen (McKinstry) and Andy Wappler (Puget Sound Energy).
At the Energy Lunch presentation on January 14th, 2011, a large number of people in Jefferson County were put on notice that changes in energy are coming here. In his presentation entitled “Peak Oil: Challenges, Options and Opportunities,” Jim Hansen of Ravenna Capital Management in Seattle, set forth nine local challenges that arise from emerging limits on the national/global supply of non-renewable petroleum – challenges that include learning to think about the problem, the direct hit on transportation costs, the increased impact on rural areas, and finding energy sources capable of replacing petroleum.
Jefferson County is responding to the energy challenge and revisiting the bigger picture in the process.
The Key Speaker at November’s Energy Lunch is a national authority who is uniquely positioned to comment on local energy action projects and to offer a vision of additional opportunities and organizational approaches in the development of new energy options.
Jan Lars Mueller, Executive Director of ASPO-USA (the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA), has organized national conferences on peak oil issues and responses and lobbied the US Congress to recognize the reality of oil and gas limits. Mr. Mueller will present scenarios and strategies for local innovation and investment in new energy supplies and systems.
This exclusive venture summit will bring together over 500 Venture Capitalists, Corporate VCs, Angel Investors, Investment Bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies; features more than 40 leading VCs on interactive panel discussions; presentations from more than 50 Top Innovators; a dedicated clean-tech track and clean-tech VC panel and high-level networking opportunities.
Partial list of VCs confirmed to speak includes:
Sean Ammirati, Partner, Birchmere Ventures | Susan Antonio, General Partner, Saturn Partners | Alex Baker, Principal, Relay Ventures | Steve Berg, Senior Analyst, RTP Ventures | Adam Bernstein, Managing Partner, New Energy Capital | Eric Bielke, Senior Investment Associate, Siemens Venture Capital | Larry Bohn, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners | Ela Borenstein, Managing Partner, BDC Healthcare Fund | Nathaniel Brinn, Principal, Vital Venture Capital | Stanley Buchesky, Founder, The EdTech Fund | Dan Burstein, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Millennium Technology Value Partners | Kerry Byler, Managing Director, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners | Carter Caldwell, Principal, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners | Phil Carter, Associate, Trinity Ventures | Neil Chheda, Co-Founder & General Partner, Romulus Capital | AND MORE!
For more information and to register for this event, click here.
WCTA Members will receive a discount for this event, please email email@example.com for details.
If you are seeking startup, working or growth capital for your business, this is the event of the year.
Learn about various local sources of capital and find out which are right for your business! Join us for 4 incredible panels on traditional and alternative lending options, startups, crowdfunding and more…
- Access to lenders Meet one on one with loan officers from 15+ lenders on site
- Access to Experts Join roundtable discussions with alternative funding organizations
- Access to Resources Discover free and low cost small business resources.
- Space is limited. Register now!
No other event in Seattle gives you this kind of interactive access under one roof, in one day!
Register now to get Export-Import Bank of the United States’ 100% off discount – please email Kelsey@wacleantech.org for the promo code.
Learn More. We hope to see you there!
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Tuesday, November 12
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA
April 22nd 1970. It was the first Earth Day organized by environmental icon and Washingtonian, Denis Hayes. Twenty million Americans hit the streets to raise awareness for environmental issues that had long been considered things of no great political consequence, launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of groundbreaking environmental laws followed and Earth Day grew into the largest civic observance in the world with a lasting impact on public conscious
As president of the Bullitt Foundation, attorney, lobbyist, Stanford professor, grassroots organizer, and the youngest director of a national laboratory in the nation’s history, Hayes has spent much of his life fighting for a cleaner world.
Now, with the completion of the Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in America, Hayes has fulfilled one of his life-long dreams. Even still, he is working to influence the world to embrace a very broad vision of sustainability and humanity.
Reserve your company’s table at the WCTA Second Annual Meeting to hear remarks from Mr. Hayes about the cleantech movement today. Philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote in 1967 that, “every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates in a racket.” Cleantech, which is it now and where is it going?