Harvard Club of San Francisco, Alston & Bird Host Three Visionary Organizations Driving Cleantech in the Bay Area

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The third installment of the Harvard Club of San Francisco's 2009 Cleantech Thought Leader Series will take place at Adobe System's LEED Platinum certified San José headquarters on Tuesday, September 1. Jonathan Livingston, President of Livingston Energy Innovations, will provide a brief keynote address followed by a panel discussion about the current environment of cleantech in the Bay Area with leaders of three prominent cleantech institutions.

The third installment of the Harvard Club of San Francisco's 2009 Cleantech Thought Leader Series will take place at Adobe System's LEED Platinum certified San José headquarters on Tuesday September 1. Jonathan Livingston of Livingston Energy Innovations will provide a brief keynote address, immediately followed by a panel discussion with three leaders of prominent San Francisco Bay Area cleantech institutions. The panelists are Dan Adler, President, California Clean Energy Fund; Rex Northen, Executive Director, Clean Tech Open; and Melinda Richter, Executive Director, Environmental Business Cluster.

Panelists will discuss the current environment for cleantech in the greater Bay Area in light of recent energy and climate legislation and the disbursement of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) cleantech funding allocation. The panel will also cover what lies ahead for their organizations, for California, and for global cleantech over the next few years. A Q&A session will conclude the discussion.

"The evening will focus on the challenges and accomplishments of our three panelists' organizations," said Augie Rakow, board member of The Harvard Club and attorney at Alston & Bird. "They will highlight their organizations' efforts to promote clean, efficient and profitable resource solutions. We hope attendees will be inspired by these real-life examples and take away some best practices."

Advance registration costs $45 for the public and includes dinner. Early registration is encouraged.

Program Information

Right Here, Right Now
How Three Visionary Organizations Are Driving Clean Tech in the Bay Area

Adobe Park Auditorium, East Tower
345 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA

6pm - Light buffet dinner and refreshments
7pm - Presentation
For further information and program registration visit http://harvardclubsf.org/events/index.asp.

About Sponsor Alston & Bird

With more than 900 attorneys located in 9 offices, Alston & Bird is a leading national AmLaw 100 firm. The firm has national industry focuses in health care, energy, financial services, and public policy. Utilizing the comprehensive capabilities of one of the largest clean energy groups in the United States, we are able to address the full range of policy, regulatory, financing and technology issues that impact the cleantech sector. Our interdisciplinary team of attorneys and other professionals is dedicated to providing a broad range of services to our cleantech clients and includes two former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders, the founder of the North American Carbon Capture & Storage Association, a former Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the American Wind Energy Association and a former general manager of CO2 at Shell International.

About Livingston Energy Innovations (LEI)

LEI provides strategic consulting services to utilities, technology ventures, and investors in the areas of energy efficiency, demand response and smart grid technologies.

About The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)

CalCEF is a nonprofit, evergreen venture capital fund formed out of the California electricity crisis to accelerate investment in clean energy technologies. CalCEF Fund I, one of the first cleantech fund-of-funds, is invested in 40 startups, and in 2007 CalCEF sponsored the creation of the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund to focus on seed-stage technologies. CalCEF is also the proud founding sponsor of the Energy Efficiency Center at U.C. Davis, and of CalCEF Innovations, the Fund's affiliated market strategy and public policy arm.

About The Clean Tech Open

The Clean Tech Open has assisted over 120 companies raise more than $125 million in external funding, and has spurred the creation of hundreds of jobs in California. Fueled by a network of over 400 volunteers and sponsors, the Clean Tech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America's clean tech sector a thriving economic engine.

About the Environmental Business Cluster

Established in 1994, the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) is a commercialization center created to assist early stage companies developing products or services that will have a positive impact on the environment. Since 2003, the EBC has specialized in assisting clean energy and energy efficiency emerging technology companies and has also been working with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to provide commercialization services to selected applied research grant recipients. Today, the EBC manages the largest private technology commercialization program for clean energy start‐ups in the United States.


Augie Rakow
Series Chair, Harvard Club of San Francisco
Intellectual Property Attorney, Alston & Bird LLP
(650) 838-2028


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