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Cleantech Open adds two new speakers to ‘Academy Awards of Clean Technology’ Gala line-up

Marc Stanley and Jeffrey Schaub have been added to the all-star line-up for Tuesday’s Grand Expo and Awards Gala at The Masonic Center in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO (November 13, 2009) - The Cleantech Open announced two new speakers, Marc Stanley and Jeffrey Schaub, to its all-star line-up for Tuesday's Grand Expo and Awards Gala at The Masonic Center in San Francisco. Marc Stanley is deputy director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Jeffrey Schaub is the Green Beat reporter for CBS 5 KPIX Eyewitness News.

Before coming to NIST, Stanley was the associate deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) by Presidential appointment. He also currently serves as a U.S. governor on the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation Board of Governors and as the American director on the Trilateral Industrial Development (TRIDE) Executive Committee.

Schaub, a three-time Emmy award winner for his reporting, will act as master of ceremonies. Schaub covers environmental issues that affect Bay Area residents. He has also covered the energy and education beats for the station and has been recognized for his coverage of critical transportation issues, and stories that focus on Bay Area transit, commute, urban planning, and development.

Additional speakers at the Cleantech Open Grand Expo and Awards Gala include:

Bill Weihl
As Green Energy Czar at Google, Weihl leads efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy while managing Google's greenhouse gas footprint.

Dennis Hightower
Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and a seasoned business executive with a 40-year career in the public and private sectors, Hightower is responsible for ensuring that the Department of Commerce leads the way in government efficiency, effectiveness and performance management.

Steve Westly
Prior to founding The Westly Group, Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California. During his four-year term, he led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments. He also served as the California Co-Chair for the Obama for President Campaign in 2008.

Gil Friend
CEO and President at Natural Logic, Friend is a systems ecologist and business strategist with 35 years experience in business, communications and environmental innovation.

Lesa Mitchell
As Vice President of Innovation at Kauffman Foundation, Mitchell has been responsible for the Foundation's frontier work in understanding the policy levers that influence the advancement of innovation from universities into the commercial market.

The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by National Expansion Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Platinum Sponsor: PG&E; Gold Sponsors: Autodesk, The Cleantech Circle, Google, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; Silver Sponsors: Accretive Solutions and RoseRyan; and Program Sponsors: California Clean Energy Fund, Ernst and Young, and Korn/Ferry International. Media and outreach partners include the Matter Network, San Francisco Business Times, Greener World Media,, Sustainable Industries and Sustainable Life Media.

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The Cleantech Open is the world's largest cleantech business competition. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. The program provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has helped hundreds of clean technology startups bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helping alumni contestants raise over $125m and making thousands of green collar jobs possible. Fueled by a network of more than 400 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America's cleantech sector a thriving economic engine. For more information, visit, and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.

In addition to the original competition held in California, the Cleantech Open was expanded in 2009 to include two new regions: the Rocky Mountain region (including Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming; and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Cleantech entrepreneurs will compete for a total of more than $1 million in prizes. Past alumni successes include Adura Technologies, Cool Earth Solar, Enverity, Federspiel Controls, GreenVolts, GroundSource GeoThermal, Lucid Design Group, Mission Motors, and Syncromatics.