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Solar Installers of Washington | Solar Lobby Day | Feb 23 | Olympia, WA

Join solar industry leaders to urge legislators to pass the 2017 Solar Bill (HB 1048). The day will feature remarks from solar policy leaders, legislative briefings and networking.

Women in Solar Energy | #NationWISE | Feb 23 | Seattle, WA
NationWISE is a multi-city round table that looks to help women enter the solar energy industry and grow their careers in each local market. On February 23rd, 2017, Women in Solar Energy (WISE) will hold #NationWISE events in 15 cities around the country to facilitate local conversation and feature women employed in aspects of the market unique to each city. A diverse industry means diverse job opportunities that should equate to more diversity across the industry. This event is organized by women but open to all women and men with an interest in solar and clean energy. Bring a friend! 

Outdoor Recreation Summit and Expo | Feb 24-25 | Bellingham, WA

Bring your friends and family to meet face to face with Apparel and Gear Manufacturers, Retailers, Outfitters, Outdoor Media, Activity Clubs, Stewardship Organizations and representatives from your favorite local recreation events and races. Explore Washington’s outdoor recreation opportunities to find new ways to get outside and play.

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit | Feb 27-Mar 1 | National Harbor, MD

Now in its eighth year, the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit draws more than 2,200 participants from across the United States and 25 countries to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and cultivate relationships with leaders from industry, government and academia to advance technologies towards deployment. The ARPA-E Summit will also feature a variety of breakout sessions led by today’s top minds in energy. The Technology Showcase at the ARPA-E summit features more than 275 innovative technologies from across all energy sectors, including prototypes and commercial-ready products—many on public display for the first time. The showcase brings ARPA-E awardees and other top technologists together with investors and corporate decision makers who are looking to transform how energy is created, used and stored.

Venture Summit West | Feb 28-Mar 1 | Mountain View, CA

The Fifth annual Venture Summit West, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers. Whether you are an investor seeking access to new early stage deals, or a CEO or Founder of a new venture looking for funding, visibility and growth, Venture Summit West is one event you won’t want to miss.

Washington State China Relations Council | Annual Banquet 2017; The Future of US-China Trade Relations | Mar 15 | Seattle, WA

The Washington State China Relations Council is honored to host keynote speaker Ambassador Carla Hills – Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Hills and Company International Consultants, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chair of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and United States Trade Representative (1989-1993) – at the Council’s Annual Banquet on March 15, 2017. Ambassador Hills will share her seasoned perspective on the future of US-China trade relations. Join us for an evening of insightful discussion on a timely topic that could impact Washington State's relations with China.

GoGreen Seattle | Mar 16 | Seattle, WA
GoGreen Seattle 2016 hosted over 500 regional leaders, 57 speakers and over 50 partners featuring the theme of Green Your Workplace and Green Building. Last year's theme delivered a track of content dedicated to the business case for high performance and deep green buildings; the importance of district and cooperative energy and applying the principles of green chemistry and engineering to sustainable building and product design. Other important issues addressed included putting a price on carbon pollution and how the updated 2015 Climate Action Plan works to drive private sector and regional economic development forward. CleanTech Alliance members can save 30% using the CLEANTECH promo code during registration.

Keiretsu Forum | Angel Capital Expo | Mar 16 | Redmond, WA
Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest angel investor network with 2,500+ accredited angel investor members throughout 47 chapters on 3 continents. The Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel investment community. Keiretsu Forum Northwest’s Annual Angel Capital Expo provides a myriad of benefits, including exceptional exposure, press coverage, diversified networking, and access to local leaders, growing entrepreneurial companies and a variety of venture capitalists and private investors.

GridWise Forum Distributed Grid Services Workshop | Mar 21-22 | Atlanta, GA

The GridWise Alliance, along with General Electric (GE) and Intel, is hosting a free industry workshop to develop a methodology for characterizing smart devices ability to provide valuable grid services. The workshop facilitates the collaboration between equipment manufacturers, grid services providers and utilities that is necessary to define, build and encourage widespread intelligent device adoption that will make our power grid more sustainable, efficient and resilient.

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge | Mar 30 | Seattle, WA
Innovative and entrepreneurial students are our best hope for solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems. The Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge at the University of Washington taps into the passion, smarts, and motivation that university students have for solving environmental/cleantech problems. In the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, develop a solution, design and build a prototype, create a business plan that proves their solution has market potential, and pitch to 250+ judges at a demo-day event. If you are interested in attending, contact the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at

WA Commerce | Hannover Messe | Apr 24-28 | Hannover, Germany

Hannover Messe is the world’s largest industrial technology trade show. Washington State is proud to have its largest combined space at Hannover Messe with increased leverage for Washington State companies from the cleantech, smart grid, storage and digital factory spaces. Commerce will fully staff and manage the booths, saving you money and time and expanding your opportunities to see the show. With your registration, Commerce will go to work prearranging B2B tailored to your business, creating marketing materials and media outreach to promote the booth and your business before and during the show. Registration ends February 27, 2017.

International Living Future Institute | Living Future Conference | May 17-19 | Seattle, WA

Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. This year’s three-day conference will focus on the diverse layers ofGenius and Courage, featuringkeynotes Van Jones, Kirsti Luke and Naomi Klein. Out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats lend to the design strategies and cutting-edge technical information that abounds at Living Future. Come celebrate 11 years of innovation, and experience the added noteworthy twists that will exemplify the essence of the unconference.

Renewable Cities | Global Learning Forum 2017 | May 17-19 | Vancouver, BC
The Global Learning Forum 2017 is a solutions-focused dialogue on the transition to 100% renewable energy in cities across the globe. Join 400+ leaders from local governments, the private sector, utilities, and the NGO and research communities to engage and learn. From policy to building political will, from finance to technology, learn about cross-cutting solutions. Engage in focused small group workshops and inspiring plenary sessions with participants from 70 cities from around the world. Meet and learn from international policy and technology innovators in a city that’s committed to 100% renewable energy.

Trade Development Alliance | Complying with U.S. Export Controls | Jun 8 | Lynwood, WA

This two-day program is led by BIS professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods, such as: What items and activities are subject to the EAR; Steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; How to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); When you can export or re-export without applying for a license; Export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements; Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP) concepts; Real life examples in applying this information. Presenters will conduct a number of "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR.

Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Association | VISTA Expo | June 20 | Campbell River, BC

Vancouver Island is the largest island in the Pacific east of New Zealand. Home to the Capital of British Columbia, Vancouver Island’s vibrant technology sector is served by three universities and two multi-campus community colleges comprising of more than 50,000 students. For many years the island has focused on sustainability and the mix of university level research, government and private investment, commercialized innovation and deployed projects - including those by most of the 53 First Nations on Vancouver Island - is testimony to this. Acknowledged more and more as engaging to help lead both west coast and national decision making Vancouver Island is now planning its third-annual full day Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Expo. The VISTA Expo rotates each year between Nanaimo, Greater Victoria and/or Campbell River and aims to present some of the best sustainable technology talent, through panel discussions, poster-boards, booth exhibitors and stakeholders with both island and regional experts in attendance.

VERGE Hawaii | June 20-22 | Honolulu, HI
In 2015, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to mandate 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045. Fulfilling this bold mandate will require enacting high-impact solutions now with unprecedented collaboration among government at all levels, military, utilities, solution providers, energy producers and global leaders. To convene the diverse stakeholders required to meet this mandate, the VERGE Hawaii — Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit will return to Honolulu, June 20-22, 2017. Produced in partnership between the Hawaii State Energy Office and GreenBiz Group, VERGE Hawaii will explore innovative clean energy policies, models, technologies, infrastructure and identify immediate actions needed to deliver on Hawaii’s ambitious mandate. The conference and expo also serves as a platform for Hawaii’s energy leaders and stakeholders from around the world to engage, learn and contribute.


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