Civic Champion Workshop

August 16 | 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm  | 5934 Priestly Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States

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The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s Civic Champion Workshop Series will educate, inform and equip civic-minded citizens with the tools needed to make a difference during the elections and beyond. This two-part nonpartisan seminar series will provide a wealth of resources and allow participants to network with business and civic leaders.

August 16: Session 1-Elections: Who, What, When & Where? 

August 23: Session 2-Local: How to make a difference in your community?


SSN August General Meeting

Thursday, August 16 | 12pm – 1pm | 8622 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037Image may contain: ocean, sky, text, outdoor and nature

Beach below the SIO New Scripps/Administration Building
8622 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Steps to the beach are between Caroline’s Seaside Cafe and the Admin Bldg

Please join us for our monthly UC San Diego Staff Sustainability Network general meeting where we will discuss keeping our beaches clean, followed by a beach cleanup and a visit to the SIO Pier.

Accelerating Clean Transportation in San Diego

 Thursday, August 16 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Uptown Tavern 1236 University Ave, San Diego, California 92103Image may contain: text

Have you noticed all the new electric vehicles on the road today? Want to learn how San Diego is working to accelerate the clean transportation revolution? Join us on August 16th at Uptown Tavern to learn what San Diego is working on locally.

We’re excited to welcome Kyle Rentschler, Conservation Organizer for Sierra Club San Diego, to discuss how SANDAC works to influence the San Diego County’s 2019 Regional Transportation Plan. SANDAC consists of Sierra Club Volunteers who will monitor and educate the SANDAG Board Members.The goal is to persuade SANDAG to prioritize public transit in the 2019 edition of the Regional Transportation Plan.

Kyle Rentschler is the Conservation Organizer at Sierra Club San Diego and works to influence the San Diego County’s 2019 Regional Transportation Plan. Kyle Rentschler joined Sierra Club San Diego after extensive volunteering at several conservation and wildlife rehabilitation non-profits including Climate Action Campaign, the Audubon Society, the San Diego Zoo, and three wildlife rehabilitation centers. After earning his doctorate working on ethics and virtual realities at New York University, he is excited to return to the natural world and take his volunteering to the next level. As the Conservation Organizer, Kyle will be primarily working on SANDAC (San Diego Activist Citizens), a targeted volunteer campaign advocating for increased public transit investment at SANDAG.

Mary Lunetta, Campaign Representative for Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All campaign
Kyle Rentschler, Conservation Organizer for Sierra Club San Diego
Kevin Wood, Clean Transportation Specialist at the Center for Sustainable Energy

Veteran’s Energy Seminar

Saturday August 18 | 9:00 am – 5:30 pm | Liberty Station Conference Center 2600 Laning Rd, San Diego, CA 92106San Diego Flyer-1.png

Join a unique gathering of Veteran and Energy Professionals on August 18th to present and discuss the importance of sustainable energy and the impact of our energy dependence on national security. We will explore this through a panel of expert speakers sharing their insights on the trends in technology/innovation in clean energy, supporting policy landscape, and pathways to involvement through entrepreneurship opportunities and workforce development.

David Weil, Director of Campus Sustainability & Carbon Neutrality at UC San Diego, will be presenting on a panel in the afternoon. Tickets are available for military, veterans, and students ($25) as well as energy professionals ($100). UC San Diego Sustainability will sponsor any UC San Diego students interested in attending the seminar. Be sure to save your ticket receipt for reimbursement.

East County Solar Experience

Saturday, August 18 | 11 AM – 12 PM | 6845 University Ave, San Diego, California 92115

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Join your community for a powerful Q&A with nationally certified energy practitioners and nonprofit experts. Learn the latest technologies, how solar works, if solar will work for your home, battery storage and integration, available state and federal incentives and much more.

Light Refreshments Provided.


Achieving Zero Net Energy by leveraging building controls and demand response

August 22nd | 8:30am-12:30pm |  SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

Learn how the University of Hawaii campus became a shining example of strategies to be taken to meet lofty 100% renewable energy goals by starting with energy efficiency and building controls first.  This session will also point to how these strategies can be a guiding example to meet California’s 2030 goals for existing buildings to be retrofit to Zero Net Energy.

Register Here

Civic Champion Workshop

 August 23 | 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm  | 5934 Priestly Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States

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The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s Civic Champion Workshop Series will educate, inform and equip civic-minded citizens with the tools needed to make a difference during the elections and beyond. This two-part nonpartisan seminar series will provide a wealth of resources and allow participants to network with business and civic leaders.

August 23: Session 2-Local: How to make a difference in your community?


New Energy Efficiency Policies and the Cleantech Opportunity

August 29, 2018 | 8:00 – 10:30 am | Duane J. Roth Auditorium Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr La Jolla, CA 92037

New Energy Efficiency Policies and the Cleantech Opportunity

State and federal energy efficiency policies calling for solar on new construction and annual energy benchmarking disclosures, among other standards, are creating an exciting opportunity for buildings to leverage clean technologies like never before.

Join us for a discussion with energy efficiency experts – from solar and ZNE to reporting and IoT – to explore what the sustainable built environment of tomorrow looks like and how San Diego’s cleantech industry will be key to realizing that future.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Ralph DiNola
    CEO, New Buildings Institute

Featured Speakers:

  • Dawn Baker
    Senior Commercial Property Manager,
    H.G. Fenton Company
  • Douglas Kot
    Head of Section, Sustainable Buildings and Communities, DNV GL
  • Beckie Menten
    Director, Distributed Energy Resources,
    Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Cameron Ravanbach
    Customer Success Associate, Measurabl
  • Daniel Sullivan
    Founder and CEO, Sullivan Solar Power
  • Craig Wood
    Western Region Director, Site 1001

American-Made Solar Prize Information Session 

August 30, 2018 | 8:00 – 9:30 am| DeskHub 2159 India Street San Diego, CA 92101

The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that is designed to accelerate and sustain American solar innovation through a series of three contests: the Ready! Set! and Go! Contests.

Ammar Qusaibaty, who supports DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, will join us on August 30 to discuss the new prize competition. The challenge encourages innovators to identify and take action to develop solutions that address critical needs for the solar industry. The presentation will address eligibility criteria, prizes, and the application process for each of the contests. Applications for the first contest (the Ready! Contest) are due October 5.

Cleantech San Diego is supporting this initiative through its San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network.

Community Choice Forum

Friday, September 7 | 8 AM – 4 PMImage may contain: 7 people, people smiling, people standing and text

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Community Choice Forum this September 7, 2018, 8am-4pm.

Our region is making history with unprecedented commitments to reaching 100% clean energy. Six cities in San Diego have committed to 100% clean energy by 2035, and all six have identified Community Choice in the Climate Action Plans as a tried-and-true pathway to succeed. Solana Beach has paved the way for the region, launching Community Choice this June!

Statewide, nearly five million families in California are expected to benefit from Community Choice by the end of this year — including LA and Ventura County. It’s time for San Diego families to enjoy the freedom of choice, energy democracy, local economic development, revenue that stays in the community, and moving from a for-profit to a not-for-profit business model to keep runaway energy rates and San Diego’s rising cost-of-living affordable to all.

Stay tuned for details!

Rise for Climate Action San Diego

Saturday, September 8 | 10 AM – 3 PM | San Diego, California

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Join SanDiego350 and partners for the next big climate mobilization on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Thousands of San Diegans will stand with climate advocates worldwide for this global day of action ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. We will call for a #FossilFree world and a just and rapid transition to 100% clean energy. Details of the event (including time and location) are coming soon!

RSVP or Donate to support the march.

Trashy Tuesdays at SIO 

Tuesday, September 11 | 12:30-1:30pm

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The second Tuesday of every month you’re invited to help keep SIO looking beautiful. Join SIO for Sustainability for a short 30-minute walk around the SIO campus to collect litter. Stick around for a free snack until 1:30pm; shareable snacks welcomed. Meet at Pawka Green and bring your own gloves, bucket, and water bottle.

Seaside Soirée

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San Diego Coastkeeper’s Seaside Soirée is our annual celebration of clean water, a vibrant environment, and the community that makes it all possible. It is also your chance to make a measurable difference in protecting our most precious resource — clean water.

Against the backdrop of the San Diego Bay, raise a glass (preferably one of the Bali Hai’s infamous mai tais) to clean water in San Diego County. This event brings together more than 200 environmental advocates, community leaders, policy makers, high-level supporters, and San Diego Coastkeeper Board of Directors and staff to celebrate 23 years of successes in advancing the protection of our region’s inland and coastal waters. It’s the one time of the year you can dive into San Diego Coastkeeper’s work with interactive learning, bid on fun packages and trips through a silent auction, and savor delicious food from a roaming buffet all while mingling with stakeholders, supporters, and environmental visionaries who share your passion for a healthy, thriving environment.

Get extra time to mingle at our VIP cocktail reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. VIP tickets include early event admission, the opportunity for a quick jaunt around San Diego Bay on our boat, and two drink tickets.

Event sponsorships and reserved tables available. Send us a message for more information.

Climate Action on the Shoulders of Science and Industry: A San Diego Story

Thursday, September 13 | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

It is a proven fact in San Diego, California, and beyond that we no longer live in a time when economic growth has to come at the expense of the environment. The technologies already exist that will transform our energy future, and the market is already showing that today’s consumers and citizens are on board.

Today more than ever, regional cities, universities, and local institutions are carrying the torch in the fight against climate change, and in many ways the San Diego region is taking the lead. We are fortunate to be part of a community in San Diego that values innovation, sustainability, and collaboration.

Driven by this forward-thinking spirit, our stakeholders in technology companies, government, academia, nonprofits, and the military are committed to shaping a positive clean energy future for San Diego and the world that will carry us into the next decade and beyond.

This regionally-focused affiliate event will showcase San Diego’s clean energy and climate action leadership, recognizing the immense power it has to both strengthen the economy and preserve the planet as a safe home where our children and grandchildren can also prosper and thrive.

KAABOO Kindness: Land + Sea (Volunteer Opportunity for Free Access!)

September 14 – 16


KAABOO Kindness: Land + Sea (KL+S) is a multifaceted program directed towards protecting our coastal environments and local marine habitats by understanding the interconnected relationships between our actions on land, the impacts of these actions on our oceans, and how these impacts can ultimately affect our communities. KAABOO and our friends at PangeaSeed Foundation need your help to implement our on-the-ground operational efforts (e.g., recycling and organics diversion from landfill), to educate vendors and attendees on upholding program policies, to collect survey data, and to promote activism throughout the festival to help us leave behind a positive legacy.

In return for your generosity, you will be provided with each of the following:
1. Access to KAABOO on your day of service
2. Snacks and water during your shift
3. Official KL+S t-shirt

Sign Up.

Electric Vehicle Day San Diego

 September 15 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Liberty Station 2401 Truxtun Road
San Diego, 92106 United States


Green Business Education Series Workshops

Wednesday, September 19 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | The National City Chamber 901 National City Blvd, National City, California 91950

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San Diego Green Building Conference & Expo

San Diego Green Building Council | Friday, September 21 | 8 AM – 6 PM |SDG&E Energy Innovation Center 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, California 92117

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Make the most of the Early Bird pricing registration for the 2018 San Diego Green Building Conference and Expo!

2018 Conference sessions will discuss local projects, policies and programs that put our community on the path towards meeting California’s and San Diego’s environmental goals.

During the event speakers will present 14 sessions in three content tracks:

Net Zero Energy
Net Zero Water
Net Zero Waste

HOMER International Microgrid Conference and Exhibition

October 8 – October 10 | 1404 Vacation Road San Diego, CA 92109 United States


Cleantech San Diego is a supporting organization of the HOMER International Microgrid Confernece and Exhibition.

Two days of conference activities offer a strong focus on solving practical challenges through real-world examples presented by leading figures in the microgrid and distributed energy industry. Between presentations, networking breaks on San Diego’s Mission Bay will help you connect with high-level peers in a relaxed setting.

An optional third day of hands-on training using the HOMER Grid and HOMER Pro software platforms can help you model your next microgrid project, develop your demand management strategy, and get training you need as a microgrid developer.

Green Homes Tour 

Sunday, October 21


The Residential Committee is still looking for a few projects to feature on the 2018 Green Homes Tour on Sunday, October 21st. Are you involved with (or know of) a green home project that deserves the spotlight? This is great opportunity to share it with the larger San Diego community!
Event sponsorship opportunities are also available for organizations wanting to reach San Diego’s eco-conscious consumers!

2018 Momentum Awards

Wednesday, October 24 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | San Diego Natural History Museum 1788 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101

Celebrate mobility, great neighborhoods, connected communities, and sustainable development, while recognizing the achievements of visionary civic leaders and businesses.

Circulate San Diego’s Momentum Awards recognize the people and projects in the San Diego region that are improving our quality of life by advancing forward-thinking multi-modal transportation choices, better connectivity, and vibrant, healthy communities.


Sponsorships are available for firms and individuals that want to support our work and secure visibility at the event. View our sponsorship form here, and contact Circulate San Diego at: (619) 567-6856 or

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