Tag Archives: clean technology

Adapting to the New Normal

16 Nov

After a drought-plagued summer and the recent havoc wrought by super storm Sandy, scientists, policymakers, and the public are looking for long-term strategies to minimize the damage caused by Mother Nature. Strictly speaking, there is not enough evidence to fault global warming for any one extreme weather event. However, scientists warn that as temperatures rise, we can expect to see these types of events occur with more frequency.

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California: Proposition 39 – “Clean Energy Jobs Act”

17 Oct

THE PROPOSAL: If passed, Prop. 39 will require out-of-state businesses to calculate their California tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. The law would repeal an existing law that gives out-of-state businesses “favorable tax treatment,” and would dedicate $500 million annually to fund projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California. The revenue to fund these projects will come from the anticipated tax revenues from the out-of-state companies. Continue reading

Cluster Science

14 Sep

In terms of economic development, Los Angeles has a lot of elements working in its favor. So why isn’t L.A. doing as well as its counterparts when it comes to building new, viable industry clusters? The area’s emerging biomedical, technology, and clean technology sectors may provide some teachable moments for a region that’s still sorting out how to attract and retain business. Continue reading

Case Study #2: Clean Technology Sector

14 Sep

Like the biomedical sector, L.A.’s clean technology sector has great potential. The region is already home to the largest green economy in the nation [PDF]. Working with the umbrella organization Cleantech Los Angeles (CTLA), the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is looking to harness the region’s assets. Cleantech LA is positioned to be a coordinator of funders, investors, entrepreneurs, business, researchers, educational institutions, and local government. As we described last month, Cleantech LA is poised to take on the role of a backbone organization to propel collective impact. Continue reading

Harvesting Kinetic Energy

18 Aug

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will soon be harvesting additional energy from its rail system by taking advantage of regenerative braking. The technology, widely used in hybrid vehicles, converts the kinetic energy of the vehicle into electricity that can be used later. Continue reading

Cleantech Los Angeles Welcomes New Executive Director

18 Apr

Mark Goldstein was recently appointed the Executive Director of Cleantech Los Angeles (CTLA). Goldstein is the company’s first executive director and is tasked with executing CTLA’s mission of fostering a self-sustaining clean technology ecosystem that will take root in the Los Angeles region. Continue reading

How California’s Clean Tech Ecosystem is Coming Together

19 Mar

Image from the Danish Wind Industry Association: http://www.flickr.com/photos/45030669@N02/4136599974/

California is the nation’s undisputed leader in clean-tech investment and innovation. The state attracts about $2.8 billion in clean-tech venture capital, amounting to 57 percent of the $4.9 billion invested nationally. All of this is encouraging news for a nascent sector trying to establish itself in a weak economy. Continue reading