By Caitlin Moyles
Special to the Almanac
Green industry experts and curious entrepreneurs will mix and mingle at the Green Chamber of Commerce's Future of Clean Tech event, to be held at the TechShop in Menlo Park on Thursday, June 16.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with an hour of wine tasting and appetizers sponsored by Silver Mountain Vineyards and Organicopia,as well as an opportunity to tour the TechShop, said Stacie Shepp, executive director of Green Chamber of Commerce. A group of panelists led by Heather Durham, who launched the TV show "Silicon Valley - Technology, Art, Green and Sustainability" in 2009, will participate in a discussion beginning at 7 p.m.
The event aims to facilitate interaction between entrepreneurs and investors, and to educate attendees about what's going on in clean tech industry, Ms. Shepp said.
"We wanted to bring in experts who are working in or following the clean tech industry to give attendees an overview of where opportunities might be," Ms. Shepp said.
"Clean tech" refers to the movement toward alternative energy sources and modes of transportation as well as the preservation of clean water, she said, adding that solar and wind energy are examples of clean technology.
Among the panelists are founders of various "clean tech startups" such as Serious Energy, which recently retrofitted the Empire State Building with energy-saving materials. An attorney from Novak Druce will contribute his knowledge of intellectual property law to the discussion, Ms. Shepp said.
The Green Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that advocates the development of sustainable business practices and public policy, and provides networking opportunities for its members. Although the organization is based in San Francisco, this is its first clean tech event in Silicon Valley, Ms. Shepp said.
"We want to introduce ourselves to new potential members in South Bay area," she said.
The TechShop is located at 120 Independence Drive. Tickets can be purchased at greenchamberofcommerce.net under "Events." They are $5 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets are also available at the door for $20.