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RSVP to participate in the “Academy Awards of Clean Technology”

Posted by at 12:12 AM, 10/09/2009

Join us!

This year’s Cleantech Open Awards Gala will be the biggest and most spectacular event we’ve held to date, designed to showcase the boldest ideas, the most ambitious entrepreneurs and the brightest, most engaged investors, venture capitalists and prospective technology customers.

You are cordially invited to attend:

2009 Cleantech Open Awards Gala

November 17, 2009
10 am PT – 7pm PT

The Masonic Center
1111 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108



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Come early and explore our exposition floor of over 120 companies and sponsors from throughout the country, intermingled with networking and business development opportunities.

Expo starts at 10:00 am

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Demo/Pitch sessions start at 1:00 pm

In the afternoon, plug in for our keynote speakers and celebrate with us as we announce the 2009 National Cleantech Open Winner and present the $250,000 prize package. Audience members are invited to participate by voting for the "Peoples' Choice Award" of their favorite companies and technologies.

Awards Gala begins at 4:30 pm

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Afterwards, enjoy a private Chapagne reception with Gala speakers, sponsors, industry leaders, alumni executives and Clean Tech Open 2009 Winners.

Reception and Reopened Expo begins at 6 pm


Premium ($299) and Inner Circle ($599) level ticket holders will have the best seats for the demonstrations and the Awards Ceremony in the beautiful Masonic Center Auditorium. Plus, as supporters who value the visionary role Cleantech Open plays for our economic and environmental future, Premium and Inner Circle ticket holders will also enjoy special updates and “Insider Briefings” throughout 2010 Cleantech Open from Executive Director, Rex Northen.

Inner Circle tickets ($599) include front section seating in the main auditorium plus an invitation to the private Champagne reception with Gala Speakers, Sponsors, Clean Tech industry leaders and the Winner of the 2009 Clean Tech Open. General seating admission is an incredible value at just $99 if you register before October 20th and includes admission to the Exposition, live demonstrations, speeches and the National Award announcement. You can even choose to attend just the Expo or the Demonstrations and Awards. Go to our event overview page to find out more about these options. 


The Masonic Center
1111 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Looking to carpool? Sign up here!


Tentative Schedule:
10:00am to 1:00pm  --  Expo! of Clean Technologies and Companies
1:00pm to 4:00pm  --  Demo and Pitch Sessions from Ideas and Business Competition Finalists and "Peoples' Choice Award" Voting
4:30pm to 6:00pm  --  Awards Ceremony with Keynote Speakers and the National Award Winner Announcement
6:00pm to 8:00pm  --  Expo! and Wine Reception


Invited Speakers Include:

  • Mayor Gavin Newsom
  • Mayor Chuck Reed
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • Senator Barbara Boxer

 Who Should Attend and Why:

  • Current Semifinalists
  • Cleantech Open Alumni
  • Green Card Holders
  • Current and Interested Sponsors and Partners
  • Any professional interested in viewing the latest clean technologies
  • Any entrepreneur considering entering the 2010 competition

Additional Details:

Hotel Booking:

The Cleantech Open has arranged a special rate with the Parc55 Hotel, a hotel very close to the heart of San Francisco and the Masonic Center.Please use this link to book your rooms at the special rate.

Ticket Options:

$599    Cleantech Open Inner Circle - front section seating in the main auditorium and an invitation to the VIP Champagne & Hors d’Oeuvres Reception
$299    Premier - preferred seating in the main auditorium
$129    General Public

All Cleantech Open Green Card Holders receive free admission.  Sign up now for a Green Card for just $499 per year or $49 per month you have unlimited access to all the public events we run every year, including Premier seating at the Awards Gala.

To sign up for a green card, go to:

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Rex Northen is a panelist at Sept. 1 Harvard Club 'Cleantech Thought Leader' event

Posted by at 6:55 PM, 08/25/2009

Come and see our very own Rex Northen at this interesting event, next week in San Jose…

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

The third installment of the Harvard Club of San Francisco and Alston & Bird’s 2009 Cleantech Thought Leaders series will take place at Adobe’s LEED Platinum-certified San Jose 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 clean tech institutions:

  • Dan Adler, president, California Clean Energy Fund
  • Rex Northen, executive director, Cleantech Open
  • Melinda Richter, executive director, Environmental Business Cluster

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

“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.”

Registration costs $25 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
345 Park Avenue
San Jose

6 pm - Light buffet dinner and refreshments
7 pm - Presentation
For further information and program registration go to

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"Groundsourcing" the Carbon Problem

Posted by at 6:26 PM, 07/29/2009

HCSF Clean Tech Thought Leader Series

Ground, Ice & Water - Dennis Murphy of GroundSource GeoThermal [website] [blog], Clean Tech Open alum, is speaking at the Harvard Club SF Clean Tech Thought Leader Series. Come meet industry experts and learn about ground-source heat pumps, a mission-critical technology as Californians rush to meet "net zero" building requirements by 2020!

What: a networking event and panel discussion on the positive power of "Negatherms" and the role that ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and allied thermal transfer techniques like ice storage and water-gridding can play to significantly reduce energy demand throughout the built environment.
Where: University Club, 800 Powell Street, San Francisco
When: Thursday, August 6th, 2009
6:30-7:00 pm - Dinner
7:00-8:30 pm - Talk and Q&A
Who: Dennis Murphy, president of GroundSource Geo — a Clean Tech Open alumnus — leads a panel of energy innovators focused on new solutions to the age-old problem of providing heating, cooling and hot water.

By all accounts, reducing the energy demand from buildings is the major climate change challenge in this country and around the world. The US Green Building Council estimates that buildings are responsible for over forty percent of carbon emissions. When you consider that seventy percent of our built environment in 2050 has already been constructed, the urgency for retrofit-capable solutions becomes apparent. Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) technology is a key piece of the solution.
Oak Ridge National Labs estimates that aggressive adoption of GSHP HVAC systems can save 4 quadrillion BTU. That's significantly more energy than solar, geothermal power and wind power currently produce.
Murphy, a recent winner of the world's largest clean technology business plan competition, The Clean Tech Open, will present a crash-course primer on GSHP and review findings from his high-profile California Energy Commission study, Project Negatherm.
The panel will then highlight an astounding array of uses for the thermal transfer of energy: how ice rinks can heat homes, how your local water utility could provide your air conditioning, and how we just might demand-reduce our way out of this climate mess.


Members of HCSF, Stanford SF, Ivy Plus, HBSA/NC and Columbia: $15
Non-members: $25
Price includes dinner.
Members may bring one guest at member price.
Registration: required by Monday, August 4, 2009

About the series...
The HCSF Clean Tech Thought Leader Series introduces the HCSF community and guests to thought leaders working on the many front lines of clean technology. The series covers technological fields of wind, solar, hydropower generation, biofuels, green construction and transportation, as well as non-technical fields such as entrepreneurialism, investment, public policy, marketing and even job-hunting.
The series is chaired by Augie Rakow, intellectual property attorney and Board Member at the Harvard Club of San Francisco.
Sponsor Alston & Bird LLP is a national law firm with specialized expertise in regulatory, finance, land use and intellectual property aspects of clean tech law.

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