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Cleantech Open Symposium: ”One Person’s Trash is Another’s Treasure”: Eliminating the Concept of Waste through Innovative Business Strategy

October 20, 2009, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM PDT

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How are organizations overturning the concepts of pollution and waste - and revolutionizing economic landscapes as they do so?  Our exciting panel will discuss the lessons being learned as innovative leaders and companies transform existing air, water, and waste "liabilities" into valuable resources or closed-loop business opportunities. Come and engage in a stimulating conversation with ecopreneurs, policymakers, researchers and investors. Learn firsthand about the unfolding challenges and groundbreaking opportunities at the frontier of "cradle to cradle" closed-loop business innovation.

The evening will also include a showcase of utility, alumni, contestant, and sustainability booths, along with plenty of networking opportunities.


Sofitel Hotel
223 Twin Dolphin Dr
Redwood City, CA 94065


6:00pm Registration, Networking, Exhibits and Light Appetizers
7:00pm Introductions and Panel Conversation
8:30pm Networking and Exhibits
9:00pm Adjourn


John Katz, Coordinator, Pollution Prevention Partnerships, EPA Region Pacific Southwest

Alex Beavers, Corporate Director, SRI International: leading the commercialization of new materials and clean technologies
Ron Gonen, Co-Founder and CEO, RecycleBank: revolutionizing the world of recycling as an entrepreneur
Bridgett Luther, Director of the State of California's Department of Conservation: catalyzing closed-loop innovation through the public sector
Diana Rothschild, Managing Consultant, Blu Skye Consulting: helping large companies solve complex problems with innovative solutions that lead to strong competitive advantages and environmental results

Who Should Attend

  • Contestants from the 2009 Cleantech Open, especially in the area of Air, Water, and Waste
  • Alumni companies looking to connect with air, water and waste experts
  • Members of the sustainable business community looking to make connections
  • Professionals looking to learn more about innovative environmental business strategy in existing and start-up organizations

Registration Fees

Type Regular Door
General 30.00 40.00
 All prices in U.S. dollars. Sorry, no refunds available.
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