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Opportunity: WA Dept. of Commerce – Clean Tech Sector Lead

This is an Exempt Management Recruitment and the hiring authority reserves the right to fill this position at any time prior to the advertised closing date. It is to the Applicant’s advantage to submit your materials as soon as possible, first review of applications will be August 25, 2014. Salary is determined based on job relevant experience, skills and abilities.Click for Full Job Listing  Read More…


Please Partner with Us in Promoting Our Northwest Green Chemistry Market Survey

NW-Green-ChemistryNorthwest Green Chemistry (NGC), the innovative center promoting science to improve environmental business practices in the Pacific Northwest, is asking regional companies and organizations for help with an important survey released today.

The online market survey is aimed at gathering opinions and ideas related to NGC’s goal of promoting “green chemistry” to protect and improve the environment throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia.  The survey is underwritten by the Bullitt Foundation of Seattle, a leading organization supporting environmental initiatives in the Pacific Northwest.

“The Bullitt Foundation is pleased to support Northwest Green Chemistry and the belief that companies can be environmentally responsible and sustainable, and still be successful,” says Denis Hayes, the foundation’s President and CEO.  “But we need to hear from them and talk to them more, which is why this survey is so important.  If we work together, I think we can really start a green chemistry revolution right here in the Pacific Northwest.”

Find the survey here.

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Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Business Development Mission to Japan and South Korea 

October 19-23, 2014

For more information or to register:

An Exciting Opportunity to Expand Your Business in Asia

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead a Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission to Asia with stops in Japan and South Korea from October 19-23, 2014. This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Asia by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the healthcare and energy sectors. In both countries, the governments and private sector are investing significant money to develop both sectors.

Business Development Missions organized by the Department of Commerce provide a unique opportunity for businesses interested in exploring export opportunities overseas. Participating U.S. companies will meet with prescreened potential partners, agents, distributors, representatives, and licensees. The agenda will also include meetings with high-level national and local government officials, networking opportunities, and country and industry briefings.


RFP: Sale of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and Related Environmental Attributes


Request for Proposals Department of Executive Services
Finance and Business Operations Division
Procurement and Contract Services Section
206-263-9400                    TTY Relay: 711
Advertised Date:June 3, 2014
Request for Proposal Title: Sale of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and Related Environmental Attributes
Requesting Dept./Div. King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks – Wastewater Treatment Division
RFP Number: 1117-14-RLD
Due Date: June 24, 2014, no later than- 2:00 p.m.
Buyer: Roy L. Dodman,,  206-263-9293
Alternate Buyer: Victoria Nakamichi,, 206-263-9299
Pre-Proposal Conference:
An optional conference to discuss questions related to this RFP shall be held at 10:00 a.m.  on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in the Administrative Building of the South Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1200 Monster Rd SW, Renton, WA 98057.  Potential Submitters can call in to the meeting at (206) 263-8114 (conference ID 763561).  A gas scrubbing plant tour will take immediately following, at 11:00 a.m. on June 11th.
Sealed proposals are hereby solicited and will only be received by:
King County Procurement Services Section
Chinook Building, 3rd Floor
401 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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2014 Siemens New Venture Forum

The Siemens New Ventures Forum is a business plan showcase that allows entrepreneurs to present before an influential audience, engage with Siemens and accelerate partnership discussions, and network with the vibrant innovation ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Siemens TTB is an entrepreneurial gateway to our global parent company. Venture partnerships with us can spark a broad range of rewarding relationships with Siemens — including direct go-to-market activities, joint development deals, equity investments,
and licensing agreements.

The Siemens New Ventures Forum is an ideal place to share your ideas and passion, and deliver your business pitch to key decision makers. Invited startups will network with Siemens executives, technologists, and product managers in addition to venture capitalists and prominent Valley leaders.

The transformative impact of IT on Siemens businesses, particularly in categories such as:

  • “Smart Data” analytics,
  • interfaces and visualization,
  • data-driven services,
  • cloud-based technologies, and
  • innovative mobile solutions.

We also welcome new ideas in the fields of:

  • smart grid and buildings,
  • wind power,
  • factory automation and drive technologies,
  • software for industrial design, simulation, and manufacturing.

Broader areas of focus are energy storage, robotics, novel sensors and materials, and transportation solutions including logistics and planning tools.

Venture- and seed-stage companies located in the United States and Canada are encouraged to apply. Selected companies may send up to two entrepreneurs each.



RFI – R & D Needs and Technical Barriers for Fuel Cells

Link to

Description: Amendment 000001: Revised the Closing Date to June 9, 2014. Revised the information regarding the Pre-Solicitation Workshop at the 2014 Annual Merit Review. The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is seeking feedback from the research community and relevant stakeholders to assist in the development of topics for a potential Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for fuel cells and fuel cell systems designed for transportation, stationary, and early market applications as well as cross-cutting stack and balance of plant (BOP) component technology.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback on R&D needs for and technical barriers to the widespread commercialization of fuel cells for transportation, stationary, and early market segments. Feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders is sought.

FCTO is specifically interested in information on R&D needs and priorities concerning the development of low-cost fuel cell components and pathways leading to improved fuel cell performance and durability. Input received from this RFI will be considered prior to FCTO issuing a fuel cell FOA (subject to Congressional appropriations). Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of responses can be found in the full RFI posted on the EERE Exchange website at



Career Opportunity – Senior Sustainable Energy Coordinator

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is eagerly seeking strong candidates to take over the Sustainable Energy Program. Although the listing is heavy on housing, I’ve been running it as a general clean energy focused economic development program. We’ve branched out into single family homes, commercial buildings, and even generation side projects to help prove out new ideas.

In general, there is a shortage of honest brokers and early money into new business models for energy projects. We want someone who can play both roles. Done right, this position can be an incredible launch pad in addition to playing a key role in the region’s cleantech sector.

The listing is here:

The review process will begin on May 16th, 2014


Safer Chemistry Challenge – supporting safer products and cleaner manufacturing

Often, we focus on chemical hazards after there’s already a problem – a spill, an injury, or an unforeseen environmental impact. When businesses use safer ingredients in their products and eliminate hazardous chemicals used in manufacturing processes, however, those problems can be avoided in the design stage.

In May, the Washington Department of Ecology and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable will introduce a new program called the Safer Chemistry Challenge to support businesses that are working to create cleaner, safer products.

“Many Washington businesses and organizations already understand that making safer products is a smart business decision,” said Ken Zarker, manager of Ecology’s pollution prevention and regulatory assistance section. “By promoting safer products and cleaner manufacturing methods through the Safer Chemistry Challenge, we want to spur innovation and spread best practices.”

The Challenge will offer participants technical assistance with chemical hazard assessments, training and education, and sponsor cross-industry conversations. Businesses and organizations that demonstrate ongoing leadership in pursuing safer chemistry will be honored as “Safer Chemistry Champions.”

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Are you an IT professional? The “must attend” IT event of the year is April 22.

The IT Summit was selected as one of the top ten “must-attend” events for CIOs and IT Marketers 
– April 2013


The IT Summit is the executive technology conference series returning to Seattle for our third annual event on April 22, 2014. The purpose of the summit is to provide educational and networking resources for the IT leaders in the Puget Sound area. The conference is driven by an Executive Board of regional IT professionals that directs the content of the educational sessions and sponsor participation. The IT Summit is designed to address the real-world opportunities and challenges faced by today’s executives, by facilitating face-to-face interaction and networking among information technology peers.

Asking yourself, what is the IT Summit and why should I go?

“The IT Summit is more than an event, it’s an experience. It’s set in a relaxed atmosphere with hundreds of IT professionals from all industries mixing and mingling and managing to share ideas and insights, networking and meeting new people. As IT professionals we get busy with the day-to-day deadlines and projects, and before you know it we are attempting to solve new challenges with retro logic. I strongly urge you to step away for a day and experience The IT Summit. It will assist you in bringing a fresh new approach and provide a network of professionals that you can put in your tool box.”


Cleantech Open’s 2014 application deadline is May 1

The Cleantech Open is the world's largest cleantech business competitionBe on your game.  Start your application for the 2014 Cleantech Open program today and position yourself and your company to win!

Being your application and pay your application fee before April 23rd, and you’ll have the opportunity to access to the deep expertise of a business foundation expert to help you forumlate your application.  Admission to the Cleantech Open is a competitive process, and you’re assigned mentor will help you make your application the best it can be.   Don’t delay!


The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Our mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges.

The Cleantech Open provides entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch and create successful and sustainable clean technology companies. We do this through our accelerator programs which provide participants with training, mentoring, infrastructure, relationships and funding opportunities to help grow them into world-class cleantech companies.

Since its inception in 2006, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $6 million in cash and services to support cleantech growth companies. The 865 participating companies in the Cleantech Open’s accelerator programs have raised more than $900 million in external capital.

The Cleantech Open’s reputation is built on its clean technology Accelerator, the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. Cleantech Open alumni companies continue to score scientific breakthroughs, funding, deployments and customers.

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