Two upcoming events I've helped to organize are coming up, each offering the state of the art of their respective topics. In chronological order:

The Clean-Tech Investor Summit, Jan. 21-22, in Palm Springs, Calif., brings together about 500 investment professionals, from investment banks to venture funds to corporate venture groups, with thought leaders and business executives in the clean-technology realm. The conference is co-produced by Clean Edge, of which I am co-founder. This year's keynotes include oil and wind magnate T. Boone Pickens and biomimicry guru Janine Benyus. I'll be moderating a session on the electric car infrastructure with panelists from GM as well as from startups, including Better Place, the wunderkind company building EV systems from Israel to Australia.

Bonus #1: To get a $400 break off the fee, use my personal discount code MAKOWER when registering.

Bonus #2: All attendees will receive an autographed copy of my new book, compliments of the cleantech executive search firm Hobbs & Towne.


State of Green Business Forum, Feb. 2, in San Francisco, brings to life our annual State of Green Business 2009 report, which my colleages at GreenBiz.com and I will be launching that morning. Speakers and panels will focus on the trends and key indicators tracked by the report, including the growth of green jobs, the rise of building energy efficiency, water as the "new carbon" and innovation as a green strategy. Speakers (soon to be announced) will include sustainability professionals at a range of leading companies, including Autodesk, IDEO, IBM, Intel, Levi's and PG&E — as well as the Ella Baker Center, Environmental Defense Fund, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Pacific Institute. And more to come.

Seating is limited. There's a 20 percent discount off the $149 reg fee through this week.

Hope to see you at both!