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News from: City of Oakland Community & Economic Development Agency

Oakland to Host Statewide Clean Tech Conference


October 26, 2011

Oakland to Host First-Ever Statewide Clean Tech Innovation Conference

Oakland, CA – Consistently ranked among the top 10 greenest cities in
the country and the regional epicenter of green industry, the City of
Oakland will proudly host the California Clean Tech Innovation
Conference on November 2-3, 2011 at the Kaiser Center.  Produced by
Grow-California, this first-ever conference will bring together industry
influencers from across the state and nation to address key topics such
as industry trends, new technologies, global competitiveness and
leveraging publicly-funded research and private capital to deliver
innovative technologies and successful business models.  The conference
culminates with the presentation of 19 “Game Changer of the Year” awards
for entities that have had significant impact on California’s green
industry, including three Oakland-based enterprises.

“Oakland has burst onto the national scene as a major hub for clean tech
companies,” said Mayor Jean Quan. “We are delighted to host this
top-level gathering of industry leaders as we advance our efforts to
attract even more sustainable businesses to Oakland and the East Bay
Green Corridor.”

The 2011 conference will attract emerging market leaders, major
corporations, government officials, early-stage companies, suppliers,
academia, venture capitalists, angel investors, mergers and acquisition
advisors and other industry experts.  Featured speakers include: Mayor
Quan; Mike Rossi, Senior Advisor for Jobs & Business, Office of Governor
Jerry Brown; State Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, Chair, Assembly
Committee on Jobs & the Economy; Bill Reichert, Managing Director,
Garage Technology Ventures and; Vikram Janardhan, CEO, Insera Energy and
author of “Energy Explained: Conventional Energy and Alternative.”
Day-one of the conference also includes a spotlight on Oakland as an
emerging clean tech hub with Michael Murray, CEO of Oakland’s Lucid

Three pioneering Oakland firms honored among the 19 “Game Changer of the
Year” awards include Sungevity, the nation’s most innovative,
customer-centric, residential solar provider; Lucid Design, creators of
the Building Dashboard(r) Network; and Waste Management, Inc., North
America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management services.

Sungevity – Category: Innovation in Cleantech Marketing & Sales

Sungevity’s online iQuote process and Solar Lease program make it easy
and affordable for homeowners to benefit from solar power. Leveraging
web-based solar analytics and satellite imagery, it can provide
homeowners with a firm, same-day quote without a home visit and provide
savings on their electricity bills. This affordability and ease-of-use,
combined with Sungevity’s solar social network strategy, is all part of
the fast-growing company’s mission to accelerate solar into the

Lucid – Category: Innovation in Clean Energy Education

Founded in 2004, Lucid is a privately held cleantech software company
and pioneer in providing real-time information feedback to teach,
inspire behavior change and save energy and water resources in
buildings. Lucid’s team has made resource use visible, accessible and
engaging so that building occupants have the data visualization and
communication tools to manage and reduce their consumption. Lucid’s
Building Dashboard(r) Network allows people to view, compare and share
building energy and water use information on the web.

Waste Management, Inc. – Category: Innovation in Energy Investment &

Waste Management, Inc., is the leading provider of comprehensive waste
management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the
company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery,
and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and
owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the
U.S. Serving over 20 million residential, industrial, municipal and
commercial customers throughout North America, Waste Management’s 45,000
employees are committed to maximizing resource value, while minimizing
environmental impact so that both the economy and environment can

A center of innovation and growth in green and cleantech industries,
Oakland is also home to industry leaders BrightSource Energy, First
Solar, KEMA, Sirona Fuels, Renewable Funding and many others. A charter
member of the East Bay Green Corridor, the city boasts more than 300
environmental, recycling and cleantech firms. Additional stimulus comes
from job training programs that are preparing a skilled workforce for
tomorrow’s green jobs and City policies that support energy efficiency,
waste reduction, transit-oriented development and environmental

In addition to the Oakland firms, four additional companies located in
the East Bay Green Corridor were named among Grow-California’s 19 “Game
Changers.” These include:  Amyris Biotechnologies, Emeryville; MBA
Polymers, Richmond and; Energy Recovery, Inc., based in San Leandro.
Grow-California also compiled respective lists of the Top 40 and Top 100
Cleantech Innovation companies in California and Oakland/East Bay were
well represented, with the East Bay region garnering nearly one third of
the spots on all three lists.  These rankings reflect the East Bay’s
competitiveness with Silicon Valley and other areas in this critical
segment of the state’s economy.

Formed in April 2011, Grow-California is a spin off of Golden Capital
Network, which has spent over 10 years helping businesses grow in
California. It’s mission is to foster jobs and wealth creation by
connecting innovative entrepreneurs, growth companies and market leaders
with capital, talent, academia, customers, and partners.

To register for the California Clean Tech Innovation Conference, visit Sponsored by the City of Oakland’s
Community & Economic Development Agency, the event is being held at the
Kaiser Center, located at 300 Lakeside Drive in downtown Oakland.

Samee Lynn Roberts, Manager
Cultural Arts & Marketing Division
Community & Economic Development Agency
City of Oakland
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612 <>
510.238.2136 (phone)
510.238.6341 (fax)