Top Sustainability Conferences in 2015 You Should Have on Your Radar

We’ve updated our industry calendar with important industry events you should have on your radar.

Although the events listed in our calendar run the gamut from regional meetups, startup contests and industry specific events, we’ve highlighted six of them for those wishing to mingle with hot cleantech startups as well as brush up on emerging trends in sustainable innovation.

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, Feb 9-11, 2015, Washington, DC

Organizer: U.S. Department of Energy

Ticket Cost: $1,500

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit brings together the very best minds in business, academia, and government to advance cutting-edge technologies that could fundamentally change the way we generate, use and store energy. And the Ultralight Startups/Future Energy event series will co-host the investor pitch event this year on Feb 9.

SustainSummit, Feb 11 – 12, 2015, Newport Beach, CA  

Organizer: International Business Forum

Ticket Cost: $995

The Sustain Summit showcases corporate sustainable innovation strategies and best practices across multiple industries for peer-to-peer learning which reveals the massive opportunities offered by solving our collective global challenges. This event will bring together top innovators, corporations, government agencies, investors and thought leaders, in a program unlike any other – where sustainability strategies meet innovation opportunities. Key session topics will include: sustainability in the energy sector, evolving corporate partnership models, and corporate investment strategies in early stage cleantech companies.

Notable speakers at the SustainSummit will include: Bjorn Heinz, Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital, Kim Marotta, Director of Sustainability, MillerCoors, Pat Ramm, Director, Corporate Venturing, Waste Management, Vincent Schachter, VP of Research & Development, Total New Energies, Tom Stepien, CEO, Primus Power and Wal Van Lierop, President & CEO, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital

CleanTechIQ readers may use the promo code “CLEANTECHIQ” to receive a 25% discount on tickets to the SustainSummit.  Click here.

Cleantech Forum San Francisco, March 11 – 13, 2015, San Francisco, CA

Organizer: Cleantech Group

Ticket Cost: $1,895

This year’s theme is: Cleantech Meets the Cloud: The Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service.  We have observed a significant shift in energy and resource markets from centralized to distributed systems. In this increasingly decentralized world, customers would like more data and control to make better decisions. Sensors, data, software, financing mechanisms, and analytics are needed to manage our increasingly complex and decentralized world. This intelligent layer represents a massive economic opportunity across a number of different markets. They also will host an entrepreneur showcase, where company’s pitch, followed by feedback from a panel of expert judges.

Notable speakers at this year’s event include: KR Sidhar, Co-Founder and CEO, Bloom Energy, Nancy Pfund, Founder, DBL Investors, Ben Bixby, General Manager of Energy Products, Nest Labs, and Edward Fenster, Chairman, Sunrun.

Wall Street Green Summit, March 23 2015, New York, New York

Organizer: Global Change Associates

Ticket Cost: $1,895

The 14th Annual Wall Street Green Summit is the longest running and most comprehensive sustainable finance event in the industry. Launched in 2002 by Peter Fusaro, the Wall Street Green Summit covers cutting edge content, industry developments and features the practitioners and the leaders of tomorrow. The emergence of the “Impact Economy” is where main street investors team up with corporations, entrepreneurs and government to solve environmental and social problems while generating financial returns.

Wall Street Journal ECO:comics, March 25-27, 2015, Santa Barbara, CA

Organizer: The Wall Street Journal

Ticket Cost: $3,850

This March, the editors of The Wall Street Journal will bring together global CEOs, top entrepreneurs, environmental experts, policy makers and leading thinkers at ECO:nomics 2015 to identify and assess the most compelling opportunities — and pressing risks— emerging around the world in businesses impacted by the environment.

Through on-stage interviews with leading figures and interactive sessions with peers in diverse industries, participants at ECO:nomics 2015 will debate, discuss and get the inside story on essential issues: investing in innovation, disrupting current business models, the new meaning of sustainability and the future of the environmental movement, where energy policy is heading, and much, much more.

Bloomberg: The Future of Energy Summit, April 13-15, 2015, New York, New York

Organizer: Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Ticket Cost: $3,000

The Future of Energy Summit 2015 is a unique forum providing an unrivaled meeting place at the intersection of the energy markets, industry, finance and policy. The Summit gathers 1,000 senior level decision-makers who are shaping the future of energy. Attendees come from a diverse range of sectors, including banking and finance, corporations, government and multilateral international organizations.

The summit features more than 45 sessions, including high-level exchanges with policy-makers, discussions with industry leaders and unparalleled multimedia coverage both inside and outside of the Bloomberg media universe. Session tracks will be anchored in key industry areas such as the Future of Power Generation, Grids, Connected Homes, Gas and Vehicles.





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