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Are you an IT professional? The “must attend” IT event of the year is April 22.

The IT Summit was selected as one of the top ten “must-attend” events for CIOs and IT Marketers 
– April 2013


The IT Summit is the executive technology conference series returning to Seattle for our third annual event on April 22, 2014. The purpose of the summit is to provide educational and networking resources for the IT leaders in the Puget Sound area. The conference is driven by an Executive Board of regional IT professionals that directs the content of the educational sessions and sponsor participation. The IT Summit is designed to address the real-world opportunities and challenges faced by today’s executives, by facilitating face-to-face interaction and networking among information technology peers.

Asking yourself, what is the IT Summit and why should I go?

“The IT Summit is more than an event, it’s an experience. It’s set in a relaxed atmosphere with hundreds of IT professionals from all industries mixing and mingling and managing to share ideas and insights, networking and meeting new people. As IT professionals we get busy with the day-to-day deadlines and projects, and before you know it we are attempting to solve new challenges with retro logic. I strongly urge you to step away for a day and experience The IT Summit. It will assist you in bringing a fresh new approach and provide a network of professionals that you can put in your tool box.”


Clean Tech Solutions in the Maritime Industry | Slides & More Info

MaritimeThank you to those who attended this morning’s breakfast meeting and we missed you to those who did not. Below are the slides for each speaker respectively and some links to more information about maritime in the Puget Sound.

Heather Alexander-Engelbrecht, Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County

Paul Meyer, Port of Seattle

Atul Deshmane, Whole Energy

Capt. George Capacci, Washington State Ferries

More Information

Puget Sound’s Maritime Future at Crossroads – The Seattle Times
Maritime provides important economic diversity and good jobs that connect to the state’s standing as an export powerhouse.

Seattle Maritime 101
It’s all about showcasing our maritime industry and celebrating its important role in our community and the regional economy.



Mobile Pyrolysis Demonstration – Converting biomass to bio-oil, bio-char and syngas

Seattle Steam 2The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a demonstration of mobile pyrolysis technologies on May 8th, 2014 in Bingen, Washington. The mobile pyrolysis units will demonstrate the conversion of woody biomass into bio-oil, bio-char and syngas.

The demonstration is open to the public, however, registration is required to attend. Register early as space is limited. There is no cost to attend. To register email Chuck Hersey ( with the time you plan to attend and the name, organization and contact information for each person planning to attend.

Where: SDS Lumber Satellite Facility, Bingen, WA

Date: May 8, 2014

Time: 10 am – 12 pm & 12 pm – 2 pm

Mobile Pyrolysis Demo Flyer


Clean Tech Networking Opportunity: Alternative Energy Drinks at Shoreline Community College



Imre Gyuk Presents to the WCTA

Richard Locke, Washington State Department of Commerce

Richard Locke, Washington State Department of Commerce

Russ Weed, UniEnergy Technologies

Russ Weed, UniEnergy Technologies

Audience at the Imre Gyuk talk, March 20, 2014

WCTA Audience at the Imre Gyuk talk, March 20, 2014

Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy

Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy

Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy

Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy

Some pictures from the event.  More to come….


Controversy Over Coal Terminals: Should the Northwest Export Coal?

A WCTA Debate Summary by Michelle Ranken.

Seattle, WA – March 12,  2014 –The controversy over coal terminals in Washington State proved to be a heated debate topic at the Perkins Coie-sponsored breakfast event which overlooked Seattle’s beautiful waterfront downtown.  Moderator Hal Calbom of Sustainable Media Group guided the discussion between Mike Elliott, a Washington State Legislative Spokesman for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen and Jan Hasselman, a staff attorney with Earthjustice’s Seattle office.

Mike Elliott, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen

Mike Elliott, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen

The debate began with Mike Elliott, a proponent of export expansion in Washington State.  He argued that the proposed state-of-the-art multi-commodity facilities (Gateway and Millennium Projects) for coal exports would be the single largest trade investment opportunity in the region, a $1.5 billion private investment, a potentially huge competitive asset to Washington’s trade infrastructure.  Elliott’s emphasis was not so much on the  commodity of coal itself, but on the importance of trade and job growth in Washington State, as one quarter of jobs in Washington rely on exports and it is the most trade-dependent state in the nation.  For these reasons he argued that it is essential to improve trade infrastructure to remain competitive domestically, as well as on the global stage.  Elliott noted that the U.S. is already exporting coal from eleven plus ports (Great Lakes, East Coast, and Gulf States) and there are currently “zero” coal export facilities on the U.S. West Coast.  Elliott discussed his opinion of the potentially negative effects of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), which would pursue an unprecedented process involving the environmental review of any product made or transported through Washington.  SEPA will involve overstepping boundaries, Elliott contended.  In a rhetorical question that summed up his thoughts nicely, Elliott wondered, “Are there other job opportunities [in Washington State] for blue-collar people, other than tech industries?” Read More…


Conference Unites Emerging Wood-to-Biofuel Industry in Pacific Northwest

fskjd;lfSeattle 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…


Special Event | CleanTech Forum – Israeli Cleantech Innovation

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Participate in the largest cleantech forum in the world! March 11-13, San Francisco, CA

The Cleantech Group would like to offer you an exclusive opportunity to network, socialize, and get deals done with companies from Israel!  

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.

For more information and to schedule your one-on-one meeting(s) with these leading Israeli companies, please contact: Dana Bernson


Talk Among Yourselves: A Washington State Carbon Tax Outlook

By Benjamin Romano, Originally published on Xconomy

006Washington 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…


EVENTS | 3D Printing – Transforming Sci-Fi Into Reality | Primary Local Energy Forms in 2025

Primary Local Energy Forms in 2025: Electricity and the Other Hydrogen

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.”
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