Tue, Mar 13, 2018 - 10:19am

The 12th annual Green California Summit and Expo comes to the Sacramento Convention Center April 9-10, at a time when California is setting the pace for environmental protection efforts worldwide. “California is showing that dealing with climate is good for the economy — not bad,” Governor Jerry Brown has said. “It’s a culture that’s on the move — not pulling up the drawbridge out of fear and economic insecurity.”

The Summit is developed with leadership from an advisory board composed of leaders from state and local government and the private sector. The board is co-chaired by Government Operations Secretary, Marybel Batjer and CalEPA Secretary, Matt Rodriquez.

Commissioner Andrew McAllister of California Energy Commission will speak in the opening session on April 9. He has worked across the world to develop renewable energy generation, energy efficiency investments, and energy management systems, administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative and Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the U.S. Federal government.

Education sessions on April 9-10 will highlight the strategies, best practices and technologies that can support continued progress toward the state’s green goals.

More learning opportunities are available to all attendees in the Green Solutions Expo on April 9-10, featuring scores of green products and services, from electric vehicles to lighting innovations. These exhibits offer attendees hands-on exposure to new technologies as well as opportunities to speak with staff from government agencies that design and administer green programs. Keynote and Expo registration is free to all attendees.

Concurrent Education Sessions

Scores of subject matter experts will discuss case histories, best practices and lessons learned in a concurrent education program on April 9-10. The great majority of Summit attendees are engaged in creating and executing green programs in public and private sector settings, and education sessions are designed to provide them with valuable ideas, strategies and resources.

The pursuit of sustainability is a dynamic activity, with continuously-changing challenges and opportunities. Emerging issues that will be addressed in the education program include the energy consequences associated with legal cannabis cultivation. Indoor “farms” can place new demands on energy grids, and to date they have not taken advantage of advances in energy efficiency.

Additional sessions will focus on other priority areas for the state, from electric vehicle infrastructure to updates of green building and energy codes. Several sessions will focus on Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings, which will be essential to achieving the goal of 50 percent improvement in the energy efficiency of California buildings that has been mandated by SB 350. Funding will also be addressed, from the plans for allocating cap-and-trade auction proceeds to sources of support for energy and water conservation projects.

A series of Technology Showcase sessions, open to all Summit attendees, will highlight products and services that can speed the success of green programs.

Leadership Awards

The Summit’s annual Leadership Awards will be presented during a reception on April 9. Established in cooperation with the Summit’s advisory board, the awards highlight and celebrate successful state and local government projects implemented in California during the previous year. All nominated projects must be publicly financed and executed, and must have provided a measurable benefit to the natural or human environment.

Registration

Registration for the Green Solutions Expo, keynote session and awards reception is FREE.

For more information about the Summit, or to register, visit the Green Technology Website. Early registration discounts are available and additional discounts are available for groups of four or more. For assistance, call 626.577.5700. Check out the summit flyer