15th Annual VerdeXchange VX2022 Marketmakers' Conference 
June 19-22, 2022, at the Omni Hotel in DTLA

VX2022: Where Clean & Green Tech Marketmakers Meet to Optimize Opportunities for Truly Transformational Climate Infrastructure Investments

At the 6th annual CoMotion LA 2022 last week, outgoing Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti sat down with CoMotion CEO John Rossant for closing keynote remarks. VX News excerpts the conversation in which Mayor Garcetti highlights the region's extraordinary investments in transportation and housing over the last 8 years and shares his hopes that LA continues to be an international creative hub for transportation innovation. 

This month global leaders gathered in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27 where nations affirmed and expanded their commitments to limit global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. VX News shares these concluding remarks by UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighting the commitment of $100 billion per year in climate financing for developing countries as well as the ongoing and immediate need for member nations to drastically reduce emissions this decade. 
 

In this excerpt from 2022’s luncheon plenary titled “Game Changers: Meet The Innovators,” VX News highlights two innovative business leaders in very different fields: ERI Co-Founder & Chairman, John Shegerian, and RWI Synthetics' Founder and CEO,Myrna Bittner, moderated by Jim Kelly of S&C Electric. Read along as Shegerian tells the story of his early entrance into the ever-growing e-waste economy with ERI, followed by Bittner’s remarkable world-building software to help visualize all futures, imaginable or otherwise. A recording of the entire plenary can be found here.

The California Department of Water Resources is forecasting a fourth dry year in a row. In this interview with VX News, Felicia Marcus, William C Landreth Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West and Former Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, reviews some of the recent wins and losses in water regulation that the state has seen in face of serious drought conditions.

Mary Nichols

The conclusion of California’s Legislative session saw the adoption of ambitious new climate and energy legislation—including laws to set interim targets for 100% clean energy, regulate projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere and smokestacks, and approve buffer zones for new oil wells near communities.  The aforementioned coincides with much of the State experiencing the dire effects of climate change and the health and resilience challenges wrought by extreme heat and wildfires.

In April of this year, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began implementing the Clean Truck Fund fee to generate $90 million annually to encourage adoption of clean trucks with a goal to achieve a zero-emission drayage truck fleet by 2035. VX News shares this panel excerpt from VX2022 moderated by S&C Electric’s Jim Kelly, in which Port of Long Beach Executive Director, 

Greg Spotts

Reflecting on his time as a dedicated public servant in Los Angeles, VX News is pleased to present this exit interview with Greg Spotts as he leaves in September to become the new Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

In March of this year, the Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods group sued the University of California asserting UCB’s long-range development plan did not adequately account for the impacts the student population growth would have on the surrounding city.

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