StreetsBlogLA: "'Los Angeles had a sustainable past, going all the way back to the original adobe structures that started the city,' [Mayor Eric Garcetti] said to the 375 people in the audience. 'We paved that over. We need to get back to our roots by, for example, turning our faces towards the river instead of turning our backs on it.' The mayor was just one of roughly 80 speakers at the two-day conference, which started Monday morning." 

GreenTechMedia: "The much-heralded death spiral of U.S. utilities is 'last year’s hype,' according to California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey. It was propagated, he said, by members of the Edison Electric Institute, a utility lobbying group, out of a concern that rooftop solar supported by net energy metering would disrupt utilities’ longstanding business model. That’s not going to happen, Peevey told an audience at VerdeXchange 2014, the seventh annual Los Angeles gathering of California’s greentech community.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, UC President Janet Napolitano, CPUC President Michael Peevey, and CARB Chair Mary Nichols joined 600 global, national, and state renewable energy and finance entrepreneurs, water and transportation leaders, utility regulators and environmental stewards at the VerdeXchange Green Marketmakers Conference January 27-28 in Los Angeles.

California and global trendsetters met under one roof to forecast energy, water and transport policy and investment, share what is driving markets, and pave the way for future marketplace collaborations.

GreenTechMedia: "State policymakers are considering the extraordinary economic opportunity in shale oil and gas. That's the first of California’s emerging trends, a discussion of how to exploit the potential bonanza in its Monterey shale, estimated to constitute 63 percent of all U.S. shale oil reserves, without sacrificing environmental standards. State leaders are also considering how the development of fossil resources will impact the state’s ambitious goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.

Policy in Motion: "Yesterday I had the pleasure of hearing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti address the 2014 VerdeXchange – a green energy conference packed with leaders in sustainability from across the globe, not to mention a few of California’s own like CARB Chairman Mary Nichols, University of California President Janet Napolitano, Former Chief of Staff to Gov. Schwarzenegger Susan Kennedy, ITS-Davis Director Dan Sperling, Senior Advisor to Gov. Brown for Renewable Energy Michael Picker, and hundreds of others I had the pleasure of speaking alongside."

Paul Redvers Brown Inc: "This year, I was lucky enough to be invited again to speak at the VerdeXchange Conference in Los Angeles. The panel I participated on was moderated by our former State Treasurer, Kathleen Brown, and included friends and colleagues Adel Hagekhalil (Assistant Director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation) and Jack Baylis (Commissioner, CA Fish and Game Commission). Entitled 'Financing Water, Energy and Resilient Infrastructure Projects,' I had three points to make..." 

The Planning Report: "The City of Lancaster aims to become the first net-zero city in the world, and took strides toward that goal by mandating solar energy for every new single-family home constructed in the municipality at the start of this year. R. Rex Parris, the Mayor of Lancaster, described his vision to The Planning Report: that the city will serve as an example others follow, so that the nation can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help prevent the worst potential outcomes of climate change.

Examiner: "Exciting news for Los Angeles, as Mayor Eric Garcetti makes it clear he’s a man of action, not just words, when it comes to supporting sustainability innovation and initiatives in Southern California.

Which Way, L.A.?: "Five years after the President's initiative for large-scale solar plants, just three are in operation. The big money is now behind installations on individual buildings, including private homes. We hear about the changing dynamics of renewable energy."

Global and California energy and sustainability leaders meet under one roof to debrief energy policy and to explore what drives clean technology markets.

The Independent Voter Network: "Renewable energy is growing fast in California. The state has mandated 33% renewable energy by 2020. That’s a long way to go and a short time to get there. Wind, solar, geothermal, big and small hydropower, tidal power, and wave power can probably get California to generate that much power by 2020. But that’s just half of the problem. The power needs to be transmitted hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles. The grid needs to be kept in perfect balance too. Supply must always equal demand, never more, and never less"

TriplePundit: "On June 5th of every year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosts World Environment Day, a national celebration aimed at increasing awareness about environmental issues and inspiring action in support of more sustainable and equitable development. The chosen theme for this year’s event is “The Green Economy: Does it include you?” My recent experience at the VerdeXchange Conference in Los Angeles last week proved that although we may not realize it, the transition to a green economy is underway, and it does affect all of us."

GreenTechMedia: "Ron Nichols was brought in as DWP’s manager a year ago to turn that around. The prospect of facilitating change in a utility caught in a web woven by politicians, unions and ratepayers is, Nichols said, 'daunting.' Yet, 'this is the most exciting time to be providing electric service since Edison invented the light bulb,' Nichols told an audience of greentech stakeholders at the 2012 VerdeXchange."

TriplePundit: "At the VerdeXchange Marketmakers Conference that took place in downtown Los Angeles this week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave a keynote speech to an audience of 500 industry leaders working to build and shape the green economy of Los Angeles and the nation. The group included individuals working in both the public and private sectors to further the development of technologies and markets related to energy efficiency, electricity transmission, alternative fuel vehicles, clean water, low carbon transportation, and green building.

TriplePundit: "A panel at VerdeXchange Conference 2012 (VX2012), in Los Angeles, made up of key players in the renewable energy industry shared the challenges they are facing as they try to create “Utility Scale Renewable Energy in California."

CleanTechnica: "Clean Tech Los Angeles is all about making LA a desirable place to start and grow clean tech businesses. The real growth in manufacturing and engineering jobs is in this sector, and LA wants to be sure to catch the wave. Also frequently mentioned throughout the conference were our top three research universities— UCLA, USC, and (of course) Cal Tech. At the Verdexchange conference I saw a broad range of presentations highlighting what’s being done in Los Angeles. You’ve already read here how California is the US leader in the Electric Vehicle industry.

PV Magazine: "Gathered for two days to share best practices and network, local and global business and government leaders tackled some of the most pressing energy issues at VerdeXchange 2012 in downtown Los Angeles. In its fifth year, the conference drew an executive-level audience of more than 500 industry leaders from various sectors of the green economy, along with government officials from the local, regional, and international levels, including Korea, China, Japan, Germany, Canada and Australia."

GreenTechMedia: "[A]lthough a start-up’s financials may be sound, many find it difficult to find manufacturing and production capability. What can be done to make these clean tech innovations a commercial reality? A panel at LA’s VerdeXchange Conference 2012 (VX2012), entitled “Global/Regional Models for Fostering Clean Tech & Commercialization: Incubation, Acceleration & Tech Transfer” attempted to answer this question.

CleanTechnica: "I spent the day at the Verdexchange conference yesterday on behalf of CleanTechnica and heard a lot of interesting news on topics ranging from ESG reporting to waste-to-energy conversion, and so much in between. Highlights included witnessing the beginning phases of California’s carbon market being developed, hearing Mayor Villaraigosa freestyle at the end of his speech and speak from the heart about his passion for making LA as much a Clean Tech Capital as it is the world’s Entertainment Capital.

GreenTechMedia: "'This is going to be about how to make money,' greentech entrepreneur and former California Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg announced to the midday plenary. The subject was actually how to make money under the regulation of California’s AB 32, the most far-sighted U.S. climate change law to date, and California’s nation-leading 33%-by-2020 Renewable Portfolio Standard."

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