Free Tradeshow Pass Available to West Coast Green

West Coast GreenWest Coast Green will take place from September 30 – October 2 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. This conference and expo focuses on green innovation in the built environment and is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees. Highlights include:

Thanks to our friends at West Coast Green, readers of Green VC can receive a free tradeshow pass by visiting this page.

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50% Discount Available to West Coast Green

West Coast GreenWest Coast Green will take place from September 30 – October 2 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. This conference and expo focuses on green innovation and is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees. Highlights include:

Thanks to our friends at West Coast Green, readers of Green VC can receive a special 50% discount off full conference or one-day passes by visiting this page.

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Cleantech Focus Chicago: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment is July 27 (Discount Available)

Cleantech Group

The Cleantech Group will be presenting Cleantech Focus Chicago: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment on July 27.  This event will bring together investors, enterprises, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to focus on the latest energy efficiency technologies and smart building components.  Speakers at this event will include:

  • Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Global Policy and Law, US Green Building Council
  • Michael Meehan, Founder, CTO & EVP Corporate Strategy, ENXSuite
  • Roland Risser, Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program
  • Florence Hudson, Energy & Environment Executive IBM Corporate Strategy
  • Jim Anderson, Director of Strategic Marketing & Innovation, Philips Solid State Lighting Solutions
  • Andrew DeGuire, Vice President, Strategy & Acquisitions, Johnson Controls

Thanks to our friends at the Cleantech Group, readers of Green VC can receive a $200 discount on the registration price for this event.  To receive the discount, please use code "GREENVC" when registering online. Further program information and registration can be found at:

Win a Free Ticket to Cleantech Focus Chicago: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment on July 27

Cleantech Group

Green VC and the Cleantech Group have partnered to offer a free ticket to the Cleantech Group's upcoming event Cleantech Focus Chicago: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment on July 27.  This event will bring together investors, enterprises, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to focus on the latest energy efficiency technologies and smart building components.  Speakers at this event will include:

  • Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Global Policy and Law, US Green Building Council
  • Michael Meehan, Founder, CTO & EVP Corporate Strategy, ENXSuite
  • Roland Risser, Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program
  • Florence Hudson, Energy & Environment Executive IBM Corporate Strategy
  • Jim Anderson, Director of Strategic Marketing & Innovation, Philips Solid State Lighting Solutions
  • Andrew DeGuire, Vice President, Strategy & Acquisitions, Johnson Controls

You can learn more about this event and enter the contest via the form on this page. Enter as soon as possible — one entrant will be randomly selected to receive a free ticket and notified on July 13th.

In addition, readers of Green VC who register for this event can receive a $200 discount by using discount code "GREENVC"  If you register for the event and are then selected as the winner of the free ticket you'll receive a refund of your registration from the Cleantech Group.

Daintree Networks Obtains $8 Million in Capital

Daintree NetworksDaintree Networks, a developer of energy-saving wireless control solutions for commercial buildings, announced today the successful conclusion to its latest round of capital funding with the entire $8 million round subscribed by Lend Lease’s venture capital business.

Daintree's Wireless Lighting Control Solution (WLCS) (pictured below) is intended to overcome the traditional barriers to retrofitting existing buildings with energy saving lighting control systems – the rewiring.  The company claims that its solution delivers significantly shorter payback periods, especially in retrofits, as compared with wired solutions. 

Daintree Networks Wireless Lighting Control Solution (WLCS)

Daintree, which is based in Mountain View, California, with an R&D facility in Melbourne, Australia, indicated that the new capital will be used to fund the company’s worldwide expansion as well as ongoing technology and product development.

Danny Yu, Chief Executive Officer of Daintree Networks, said "We welcome our partnership with Lend Lease and the expertise and commercial opportunities it brings to help accelerate our vision to become the leading provider of wireless solutions to the lighting industry."

Anthony Pascoe, Chief Executive Officer of Lend Lease’s venture capital business, said "Energy use in commercial buildings is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Daintree Networks' innovative technology and excellent management team support Lend Lease’s leadership in sustainable building construction and refurbishment globally."

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Astia and SDForum to Present “Green Buildings – Design and Control Analysis” on March 9 (Discount Available)

On March 9, SDForum and Astia will present the next program in their Clean Tech Breakfast Series entitled Green Buildings – Design and Control Analysis. This program will feature the following panelists:.

  • Michael R. D'Amour - Lumenergi
  • Matt Denesuk - IBM
  • Gary Dillabough – Westly Group
  • Scott Hublou – EcoFactor
  • Greg O’Hara – Nixon Peabody, LLP (moderator)

This program will be held from 8:00 - 10:00 am at Nixon Peabody, One Embarcadero Center, 18th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111. Thanks to our friends at SDForum, readers of Green VC can receive a $5 discount from the non-member registration price for this event.  To receive the discount, please use code "CLEAN05" when registering online.  For more information:

Ecobuild America Conference is December 8 – 10 in DC (Free Exhibit Hall and Keynote Pass Available)

Ecobuild America

The Ecobuild America conference will take place in Washington, DC from December 8 – 10. This event is sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences and produced by AEC Science & Technology with the goal of educating design and construction professionals on how to improve the built environment. Attendees include architects, project owners, and facility managers. Targeted training is available for commercial, industrial, government, and residential AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) professionals as well as educators.

The three-day conference is divided into five tracks: 

  • BIM & Information Technology
  • Building Performance & Energy Efficiency
  • Green Building, LEED & Sustainable Design
  • Practice & Business Management
  • Sustainable Sites & Infrastructure

This event also features a two-day exhibit hall. Free training is available in these special areas: Green Insulation Pavilion & Theater, Building Information Modeling (BIM) Theater, Green Mechanical Pavilion & Theater, Efficient Windows Collaborative Pavilion, and BIMStorm DC.

Thanks to our friends at Ecobuild America, readers of Green VC can obtain a free exhibit and keynote admission pass. To receive this benefit, please use code F9EKC when registering.

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Serious Materials Closes $60 Million Round of Series C Financing

Serious Materials

Serious Materials, a Sunnyvale, California-based developer and manufacturer of energy-saving building materials, announced earlier this week that it closed $60 million in Series C financing. The round was led by Mesirow Financial and included other new investors Enertech Capital, Cheyenne Partners, and Saints Capital. Previous investors including New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Foundation Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Navitas Capital, and Staenberg also participated in this funding round. The company stated that the funds will be used to accelerate the company's growth and product development. The company also announced that Tom Galuhn of Mesirow Financial has joined the Serious Materials Board of Directors.

"With a strong management team, vision, and industry-changing technology, Serious Materials is uniquely positioned to drive substantial growth and have a meaningful and positive impact on the environment," said Tom Galuhn, Senior Managing Director for Mesirow Financial Private Equity. "We’re pleased to be in a position to help fuel the next stage of Serious Materials’ growth."

"We are on an important mission to help dramatically save energy, reduce CO2 emissions and stabilize the climate,” said Kevin Surace, CEO, Serious Materials. “Dramatic and disruptive innovation must happen now and on a broad scale. Windows offer the largest opportunity for improvement – fastest payback and highest energy savings. If all buildings in America were to use super-insulating full-frame high R-value windows of R-5.0 or more, versus standard single or dual pane windows, CO2 emissions would be reduced by some 200 million metric tons annually."

With this round, Serious Materials has raised a total of more than $120 million in capital.

West Coast Green is October 1 – 3 (Discount Available)

West Coast Green will take place from October 1 – 3 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. This conference focuses on green innovation for the built environment and is expected to draw 14,000 attendees. This event will feature 80 education and networking programs, 125 speakers, and 300 exhibitors. Program highlights include:

Thanks to our friends at West Coast Green readers of Green VC can receive a 20% discount off full conference passes by visiting this page.

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“Bay Area Green Building Innovation” Program to Take Place on March 5

Hanson Bridgett Sustainable Business Leadership Forum

The next Hanson Bridgett Sustainable Business Leadership Forum, a monthly networking and educational program, will take place on Thursday, March 5 and will be on the topic of Bay Area Green Building Innovation.  This program will feature the following panelists, who will share their insights on green building innovations, emerging legislation, LEED certification, energy, water and waste efficiency, and environmental health.  Three local building case studies will also be presented.

This event will take place from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at Hanson Bridgett, 425 Market Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 (directions).  The admission fee is $45.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.