Sunday, June 14, 2009

San Antonio Clean Tech Forum brings energy conservation, efficiency and investment information to San Antonio business community

The San Antonio Clean Tech Forum, was founded in 2008 by Michael Burke, former CEO of Tesoro Petroleum, and five of his friends. The group has over 275 members who share an interest in smart energy investments and a cleaner, more energy efficient San Antonio. The group includes principals of major San Antonio companies. They are evidence of growing interest in green issues that across party lines among the business leadership of San Antonio.

In April they hosted a mayoral candidate forum on sustainable energy efficiency, water and nuclear power issues which brought them to the attention of a wider public.

They next meet July 23, 2009. Here is the information from Mr. Burke's email message:

I am pleased to report that we have another outstanding San Antonio Clean Technology Forum planned for July 23, 2009 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. We are most fortunate to be able to offer two excellent speakers who have a wealth of information that is relevant to our interests and our future:

Paul Dickerson, a recognized leader and sought-after speaker on issues of clean tech and energy efficiency, launched Haynes and Boone’s Clean Tech practice group in 2008. Paul, a partner, offices in the firm’s Houston and D.C. locations.

Paul served as Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) from January 2006 until his return to Haynes and Boone in October 2008 He oversaw the EERE’s $1.8 billion budget and helped move alternative and renewable energy technologies from the “vision” stage to real-world development.

(Thanks so much to Diana Liebmann for her help in bringing Paul to San Antonio.)

Dub Taylor, Director, Texas State Energy Conservation Office, has been a good friend of the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum ever since he and Texas Speaker of the House, Joe Straus provided excellent presentations to our group of then 32 Participants in April 2008.

And now that SECO has received a ton of stimulus money from the federal government, Dub has become our very best friend.

Please mark your calendar to join us on July 23, 2009 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Witte Museum in the Pressell Auditorium. The capacity of the Pressell is 200 so this will be another sold-out event. (And as a side benefit, you will have the opportunity to park in the “greenest parking garage in the nation”!)

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