Oakland to celebrate 'Clean Economy Week' Oct. 15-19

Clean Economy Week
The first "Clean Economy Week" in Oakland will elevate the city's role in accelerating a resilient and inclusive economy.

Mayor Libby Schaaf has proclaimed Oct. 15-19 as "Clean Economy Week" in Oakland, as the city prepares to host the upcoming VERGE 18 conference and expo.

Since 2011, the VERGE global event series has uncovered the massive business opportunities at the intersection of technology and sustainability. Over the course of three days, starting Oct. 16, VERGE 18 will convene more than 2,500 cross-sector leaders at the Oakland Convention Center. Attendees will represent some of the world’s largest companies, as well as utilities, city and regional governments, policy makers, NGOs, solution providers and startups.

"As an Oakland-based business, GreenBiz Group is proud to bring VERGE 18 to our hometown," said Pete May, president of GreenBiz Group. "Holding the conference in conjunction with ‘Clean Economy Week’ in Oakland allows us to showcase the city’s leadership role in the transition to a clean and inclusive economy."

While VERGE 18 offers a global perspective and reach, GreenBiz Group has organized a locally based Host Committee to ensure that the event represents the best and brightest of the Bay Area, remains inclusive in its programming and makes a positive contribution to the Oakland community. The Host Committee includes members from Kaiser Permanente, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Powerhouse, Sierra Club, University of California, WeWork and other leadership organizations.

Situated in an emerging "green corridor" across the bay from San Francisco and just north of Silicon Valley, Oakland is a logical hub for technological developments that stand to create a clean economy and increase economic and community resilience, equitably and inclusively.

"Oakland is home to a wide array of companies and organizations that are developing clean technologies and policies that promise to improve the sustainability and prosperity of our community," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. "We're thrilled to be partnering with GreenBiz Group around its VERGE 18 conference and expo to recognize the role that the East Bay can play in furthering a more resilient and equitable economy — both locally and globally."

The VERGE 18 program will feature dozens of leaders from Bay Area and Oakland-based organizations, including Bay Area Rapid Transit, California Clean Energy Fund, East Bay Community Energy, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Lyft, Neighborly, PG&E, San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency and The Greenlining Institute.

Several allied organizations will also co-locate their events alongside VERGE 18 during "Clean Economy Week" in Oakland, including Cleantech Open’s Western Region Awards & Innovation Showcase, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 Fall Acceleration Workshop and the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Summit.

To learn more about “Clean Economy Week” in Oakland, click here.

To learn more about VERGE 18, click here.

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