Creating Cleaner and Smarter Cities

Clean Tech Nation Briefing Series

Clean Tech Nation

High Impact and Timely Insights from the Research Experts at Clean Edge 

The clean-tech marketplace is rapidly changing – making reliable updates on the latest issues and breakthroughs critical. To help our subscribers keep abreast of these changes, Clean Edge has launched the Clean Tech Nation Briefing Series, a groundbreaking series of online webinar discussions to inform industry stakeholders on the most important clean-tech developments. Leveraging Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder’s book, Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economy, and incorporating expertise from leading industry experts, each session is designed to highlight real-world lessons, best practices, and actionable market trends and developments. 


Recent Webinar: Creating Cleaner & Smarter Cities

Listen and watch the recorded session from Novemeber 27th, 2012.

Listen and watch the recorded session.  

Cities across the U.S. (and world) are working to foster regional ecosystems that are cleaner, smarter, and more productive. According to Clean Edge’s just released U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index, 87 percent of all U.S. clean-tech venture capital dollars, 70 percent of U.S. company clean-energy patents, and 95 percent of the country’s registered HEVs reside in the top 50 metro areas. What policies are working? How are leading cities turning wastes into resources and dramatically increasing their renewables and efficiency  efforts. Who’s leading the charge and what can we learn from them. Clean Edge’s managing director Ron Pernick moderated a lively webinar conversation with:

Featured Speakers:

Jacques ChiraziJacques Chirazi
Clean-Tech Program Manager
City of San Diego
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Jacques Chirazi is the Program Manager for San Diego’s Clean Tech Initiative. He is responsible for promoting, fostering and coordinating strategic alliances and collaborations among local, regional, state, and federal institutions to develop and execute a clean technology business attraction strategy. His focus is the creation of economic growth and environmental sustainability by developing a clean technology cluster in San Diego. Earlier, Jacques was Senior Program Manager at Bainbridge Inc., a strategic management consulting firm which provides consulting services to Fortune 500 companies. He received a Master degree from University of California San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies with an emphasis in International Environmental Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from San Diego State University’s School of Business Administration. Jacques is a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P) and LEED-AP.

Greg NickelsGreg Nickels
Mayor 2002 to 2009
City of Seattle
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Greg Nickels served as Seattle’s mayor from 2002-2009 after serving on the King County Council for 14 years. In 2010, Nickels was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate to be a UN Public Delegate and he’s recently been a resident Fellow at Harvard University. Nickels is best known outside of Seattle for his leadership on climate protection and urban sustainability. Rolling Stone magazine called Nickels the "Pied Piper" of mayors for his work to protect our climate and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded him its 2006 Climate Protection Award. Nickels launched "Seattle Climate Action Now," a grassroots effort to protect the climate by taking action at home, at work and on the road.


Johanna PartinJohanna Partin
Director of City Programs
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Johanna Gregory Partin is Director of City Programs for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Prior to coming to C40, Johanna served as Senior Policy Advisor on Environment to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, where she advised Mayor Lee on citywide sustainable energy, climate, transportation, green building and other programs promoting sustainability for San Francisco. Ms. Partin served in the same position under Mayor Gavin Newsom from 2009-2010. Ms. Partin also served on the Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and is a Faculty Member for the Climate Leadership Academy. Previously, Ms. Partin worked as Renewable Energy Program Manager at the San Francisco Department of Environment, and as Program Manager for international clean energy programs at Winrock International.

Ron PernickRon Pernick
Session Moderator
Managing Director, Clean Edge
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Ron Pernick is founder and managing director of clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge and the coauthor of two books on clean-tech business and innovation, Clean Tech Nation (HarperCollins, 2012) and The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007). At Clean Edge he has coauthored more than two dozen reports on clean technologies, markets, and policies and oversees the firm’s research, event production, index publishing, and advisory services. He has taught MBA-level courses at Portland State University and New College, is widely quoted in the media, and is a regular speaker at industry events in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.

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