Highlights from VX2018, our 11th California Conference, included bringing together more than 1,000 global and California market-makers to share knowledge to advance renewable energy, innovative water technologies, distributed microgrids, disruptive autonomous vehicles, and resilient green infrastructure.

Office of Herb Wesson: "We stopped by this year's VerdExchange to talk with change-makers, from Los Angeles and beyond, on how we can build a greener, more sustainable city. As the opening speaker for the conference’s second day, I welcomed attendees and shared why Los Angeles has a responsibility to lead the rest of the country on cultural, environmental and policy issues.

Customer First Renewables: "CFR was thrilled to participate in the VerdeXchange conference earlier this week. Special thanks to David Abel and his team for hosting such an inspiring event, and for helping us share our distinctive value with this extraordinary group of industry leaders and innovators. CFR Board Member and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S.

Blau Journal: Interview with David Abel | Chairman & Managing Director of VerdeXchange during the ULI Future Build VerdeXchange Conference in Downtown Los Angeles.

Blau Journal: "Listen to our interview with Sara Neff who is the Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty. We sat down to chat with Sara at the ULI FutureBuild VerdeExchange Event in Downtown Los Angeles."

Los Angeles Downtown News: "The future of transportation, in Downtown Los Angeles and beyond, will get a big airing this week. That’s because ULI Los Angeles and VerdeXchange are hosting the “FutureBuild 2018” event. Panel discussions include topics such as “Transit Hubs Face the Future” — Downtown’s Union Station is on the agenda — and “The Robo-Cars Are Coming.” Another discussion centers on Los Angeles’ transit preparations for the 2028 Olympics.

Québec Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources: "Le ministre amorcera sa mission à Los Angeles, du 28 au 30 janvier, où il prendra part à VerdeXChange, considéré comme le plus important congrès dans le secteur des technologies vertes et des politiques d'économie durable dans le sud de la Californie.

Urbanize LA: "The annual, interactive event spotlights environmental, technology and development innovations for cities to thrive, despite the Federal government’s attempts to undo efforts to reduce climate change and mitigate its effects. Bringing many disciplines together, the event will answer one overriding question: How do you adapt in order to thrive?"

Glaser Weil: "Timothy McOsker, Partner and Co-Chair of Glaser Weil’s Government & Regulatory Law Practice, and Noah Perch-Ahern, Partner in the Firm’s Environmental & Energy Practice Group and President of Young Professiona

Urband Land: “There are a lot of gray areas in existing regulations,” said Sarah Potts Ashton, Uber’s southern California public affairs representative, during ULI Los Angeles’s recent FutureBuild 2017 conference. “The current state regulations were developed in 2012; we’ve seen a lot of changes since then.” ... “As much as autonomy is exciting, by itself it is not likely to solve very many problems,” said Seleta Reynolds, general manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, during the FutureBuild conference, which was staged in conjunction with VerdeXchange.

Urban Land Institute: VerdeXchange Chair David Abel and ULI Los Angeles Executive Director Gail Goldberg welcomed the hundreds of attendees, including municipal officials and professionals from all sides of the design and development industries, to a morning of cutting-edge conversations on the best practices and policies impacting the real estate industry in the realms of Sustainability, Resiliency and Creative Disruption.

Green Car Reports: "Speaking at the annual VerdeXchange conference in Los Angeles, Mary Nichols, chair of the powerful California Air Resources Board, said the state is now pursuing a goal of 100 percent zero-emission light-duty vehicles ... Nichols' declaration is likely welcome news to electric-car advocates amid uncertainty about the direction of federal environmental policy."

NEDO Silicon Valley News: "Chairman Furukawa highlighted two demonstration projects NEDO is conducting in California. The "Drive the ARC" EV project was launched in November 2016 and when completed, will feature a network of 50 DC fast chargers linking Monterey with Lake Tahoe...The second project is a utility-scale, redox-flow battery system which can respond quickly to changes in renewable energy sources, can be used for long-term storage capacity and consists of a safe chemistry.

Plug In America: "Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, speaking at the annual VerdeXchange conference in Los Angeles, announced that California was pursuing a goal of 100% light-duty, zero emission vehicles. Run that by me again? That means that California is planning to completely eliminate gasoline-powered cars. The birthplace of American car culture is going fully electric. That is a big deal."


"During a panel discussion at Urban Land Institute’s Future Build conference, Metro CEO Phil Washington revealed the transit agency might explore adding an express train that would shuttle passengers between LAX and Union Station."

Fox and Hounds: "California may not be alone in its efforts to deal with climate change but neither can state officials ignore the need for a smooth transition to a greener economy that would rely on traditional energy sources. That was the message gleaned from the opening sessions of the 10th annual VerdeXchange conference in Los Angeles dedicated to promoting a green economy."

At the VerdeXchange Conference in Downtown Los Angeles, "Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and waste management company CR&R Environmental today announced they broke ground on construction of an eight-inch pipeline that will bring carbon-neutral renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system for the first time."

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QUÉBEC – Le ministre québécois du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, David Heurtel, est à Los Angeles, pour participer à l’événement VerdeXchange, qui se tient du 29 au 31 janvier. M. Heurtel, invité à titre de conférencier, présentera les initiatives mises en oeuvre au Québec pour lutter contre les changements climatiques en mettant l’accent, en premier lieu, sur le marché du carbone Québec-Californie.