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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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