SOURCE: Clean Tech Open

May 12, 2008 09:01 ET

Silicon Valley Clean Tech Entrepreneurs and Engineers Unite With Santa Clara University

Sustainable Growth: Innovating and Implementing in the Developing World Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at Mayer Theater, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Representatives from Clean Tech Open, Engineers Without Borders and Santa Clara University's School of Engineering will gather to interact and discuss how the current Silicon Valley drive for clean technology can be implemented in the developing world. For the first time ever, the Clean Tech Open will partner with Santa Clara University to match the Jesuit university's mindset of global social justice with the Silicon Valley movement for new clean tech innovation. The May 13th event will bring together parties keen to take the environmentalist movement to developing nations.

Santa Clara University will host Engineers Without Borders, the Senior Engineering Design students, and several Clean Tech Open alumni companies that are currently expanding their clean technologies beyond the United States. After a networking reception at Mayer Theater, there will be program introductions, and a Sustainable Growth discussion. Panelists will include a representative from Lawrence Berkeley Lab, the Co-Vice President of the Stanford BASEs E-Challenge, as well as representatives from companies who are taking their clean tech products to the developing world. The panel will be moderated by GreenMountain Engineering's Vice President of Business Development, R. David Hague. Santa Clara University Engineering seniors will also briefly present their design projects, and Engineers Without Borders will discuss their current activities.

"Environmental problems are inherently global," said Rebeca Hwang, a panelist for this event and Stanford BASES vice president and co-lead for the Social E-Challenge. "Our best chance to create sustainable solutions to these pressing problems is to adopt a systemic approach that will multiply the impact of clean tech innovation in both the developed and developing world."

The evening will also include a tribute to Tyler Palmer, Co-Founder of GreenMountain Engineering, an active member of Engineers Without Borders, and a Clean Tech Open Competition Mentor. Palmer died tragically in a January ski accident.

This event will be held May 13, 2008 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at Santa Clara University's Mayer Theater at 500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara, Calif. If you are interested in meeting possible teammates for the Clean Tech Open's 2008 California competition, or are interested in the movement to bring clean technology to the developing world, please join us.

As space is limited, all guests are urged to RSVP in advance at the Clean Tech Open's website at You will find the RSVP form for the Sustainable Growth event under EVENTS.

About the Clean Tech Open:

The Clean Tech Open brings together a unique and powerful combination of entrepreneurs, researchers, environmentalists, investors, business professionals and others to create economic growth and environmental sustainability by sparking a clean technology cluster in California. By giving winners early-stage capital and expertise, the competition speeds clean technologies from lab to market. The goal is to foster innovative new businesses focused on energy efficiency, smart power, renewable energy, transportation, green building technologies, pollution control and resource management. The competition thrives on the state's strong business and governmental support for innovation, technology and environmental protection to create rich soil for the growth of clean technology enterprises that foster a healthy natural environment. To learn more, please visit:

The Clean Tech Open is under the fiscal and administrative sponsorship of Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth, a California 501(c)3 non-profit public benefit corporation. Acterra is located at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4303.

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