LOS ANGELES MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA SET TO DELIVER OPENING ADDRESS AT THE GREENXCHANGE LEADERSHIP
The GreenXchange Leadership Conference is proud to announce that Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa has signed up to give the opening address at the conference this December 10-11, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA SET TO DELIVER OPENING ADDRESS AT THE GREENXCHANGE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Additional speakers representing the financial sector will discuss increasing investment opportunities in the renewable energy business
Los Angeles, Calif., and Framingham, Mass., September 12, 2007 - GreenXchange LLC, the recently formed partnership of tradeshow innovator IDG World Expo and environmental think-tank VerdeXchange, today confirmed that Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, will deliver the opening address at the upcoming GreenXchange' Leadership Conference, scheduled to take place December 10-11, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Mayor Villaraigosa has made greening Los Angeles one of the centerpieces of his administration, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear first-hand about his bold agenda to make Los Angeles the greenest big city in the United States.
Conference organizers also announced the addition of several speakers representing the green and clean tech investment communities who will address the growing number of opportunities in the renewable energy business.
"Los Angeles is setting the green standard for its use of renewable energy and our Green L.A. Climate Change Action Plan features some of the most ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions set by a major American city," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "The GreenXchange Leadership Conference is a global event focused on understanding the fast changing markets for green technologies. I'm honored to be able to kick-off what promises to be the defining event in shaping the green world, and sharing the details on how Los Angeles is embracing global environmental leadership."
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is considered a political trailblazer on many issues. He recently released the details of "Green L.A.: An Action Plan to Lead the Nation in Fighting Climate Change," and armed with the support of the City Council and a comprehensive package of environmental initiatives, he made it clear he believes that L.A.'s green agenda will lead the nation.
Villaraigosa was elected mayor of Los Angeles in a run-off election on May 17, 2005. Prior to his service as mayor, Villaraigosa was the California State Assemblyman for the 45th District, the Speaker of the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Councilman representing the 14th District. Before being elected to public office, Villaraigosa had a long career as a labor organizer. Villaraigosa also serves as one of four national co-chairmen of Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign.
In response to the growing number of green and clean tech portfolios, the GreenXchange Leadership Conference today also announced the addition of several speakers representing the financial sector, who will participate in panel discussions to address investing and capitalizing on green technologies. Financial professionals attending the conference will learn about investing in new green projects, funding existing green organizations, and investing in emerging technology companies that are showing great promise for growing and offering a viable commercial product, among other topics. The renewable energy business is one of the fastest-growing segments in the investment industry. With growing opportunities in wind, solar, wave energy, biofuels and battery markets, investments in renewables are on the rise, making a major statement about the faith of investors and policymakers in these alternative energy markets.
"Environmental policy and policy makers are a growing consideration by institutional investors," said Alan Emkin, founder and Managing Director of Pensions Consulting Alliance Inc. "From venture capitalists to the issuers of global debt, global warming, energy efficiency and clean water offer opportunities for investors. This conference presents an ideal forum for the two worlds to exchange ideas and create new partnerships."
Confirmed speakers include:
Alan Emkin, founder and Managing Director of Pensions Consulting Alliance, Inc. Mr. Emkin co-founded PCA with Nori Gerardo Lietz in 1988 and is a Managing Director. Mr. Emkin has over twenty years of general consulting experience, with an emphasis on public plan administration and investment policy, non-dollar investments and real estate investments. Prior to forming PCA, Mr. Emkin was a Vice President at Wilshire Associates where he was responsible for public plan relationships and was the director of international and real estate research. Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Emkin worked in the California Governor's office, and before that he was a registered lobbyist for ten years.
Mike Wallace, Vice President, North American Operations, Trucost. Mr. Wallace has over fifteen years of environmental consulting experience. The first half of his career focused on conducting environmental due diligence for corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He served as the M&A Program Manager for Environmental Resources Management's (ERM) Western Region and has conducted hundreds of facility inspections for multi-national buy-side clients. In this capacity, Mr. Wallace assessed environmental liabilities for US and international operations and quantified findings for use in deal negotiations. For the later half Mr. Wallace has focused his due diligence expertise on the growing interest in corporate environmental transparency and the nexus between environmental performance and corporate governance. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and international NGOs on issues surrounding sustainability. He has authored several articles on corporate environmental performance, has participated in international working groups on the subject and speaks regularly on the topic of environmental transparency and governance.
Brian Martel, Managing Partner, Environmental Capital Group, and an environmental investment advisor to CalPERS, the largest pension fund in the United States.
Tom Soto, Partner, Craton Equity Partners. Mr. Soto is a managing partner, member of the Board of Directors and a senior investment professional with Craton Equity Partners, a Los Angeles-based clean technology private equity fund. Soto assists companies in increasing profits while enhancing the environment.
Robert Aguallo, General Manager, Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System (CERS). LACERS manages the retirement benefits for more than 40,000 members and directs investments of more than $9 billion in trust assets. They have recently begun investing in green technologies and are likely to increase their green portfolio.
Mike Musuraca, Trustee of the New York City's Employee Retirement System Fund (NYCERs) and Assistant Research Director for New York City's largest union, AFSCME #37.
Yaniv Tepper, co-founder and a Managing Partner of Angeleno Group ("AG"). AG is a California-based private equity firm focused on high-growth investments in the energy sector.
As managing partner, Mr. Tepper oversees AG's investment activities in generation-oriented technologies, advanced materials and components, and power storage. Prior to the formation of AG in 2001, Tepper managed $2 billion in private and public equities and structured securities on behalf of institutional and mutual fund clients while at Aetna (now ING Group). Earlier in his career, Tepper held various engineering R&D positions at Bechtel in San Francisco and at MIT's Advanced Materials Lab in Boston under the Department of Energy. Tepper has also served on the Boards of several high growth technology companies.
The GreenXchange Leadership Conference brings together decision makers from the spectrum of green and clean technology marketplaces to help companies and public jurisdictions choose and assemble comprehensive clean energy portfolios. Discussions and ideas presented at the conference will inspire the agenda for the first annual GreenXchange Xpo', scheduled to take place October 1-3, 2008 in Los Angeles, Calif.
About GreenXchange Xpo
GreenXchange (www.GreenXchangeXpo.com) is a world-class conference and exposition, bringing together policy-makers, thought leaders, innovators and consumers to shape the "green world." The events offer ecologically friendly, environmentally sustainable products and services in forums that provide education, stimulating debate, and innovative product and service display and viewing opportunities. The attendees of these forums are thought leaders, policy makers, and key facilitators of "green" products and technology from the public, private and NGO (non-governmental organization) sectors looking to rapidly forward an ecologically effective marketplace.
About IDG World Expo
IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment For All' (E For All'), E3 Media & Business Summit, GreenXchange Xpo', LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo® and Next Generation Data Center' (NGDC'). IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.
VerdeXchange, LLC is a start-up environmental think tank and publisher created to inform and strategically advise green innovators wishing to diffuse green technology and innovations in the marketplace. VerdeXchange Institute is committed to sharing with civic and commercial entrepreneurs the evolving business signals and government drivers influencing the global marketplace for green innovation and technologies. For additional information about VerdeXchange go to: http://www.verdexchange.org
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