What we're about

We are professional women working in the clean technology and sustainability space, from the entry level to the executive level. We meet once a month to network and learn the latest developments in the green movement from speakers and panelists. Topics covered include: renewable energy (solar, wind biofuel, etc), water, smart grid, biomass, carbon reduction, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, sustainability, green buildings and many other technologies that aim to make our world a cleaner, more sustainable place.

Upcoming events (5)

Meeting the Rising Demand for Public EV Charging Stations in America

Member Notes: -This event is complimentary for all WCS members -Look for the promo code in your WCS Members' list email -Become a member, email us at -[masked] Electric vehicles (EV) are a key component of America's transportation network, especially if we are to maintain the cleaner air that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed to many living in urban environments. Millions of people have already made the switch to EVs yet they still require innovative charging solutions for their vehicles. Everyone knows that demand for home EV charging stations and office EV charging stations has skyrocketed, but what about public EV charging stations? For EVs to truly go mainstream nation-wide, drivers need to feel confident that if they need to, they can charge anywhere, as easily as they would with a gas station. Whether it’s charging while shopping or dining out, scaling the public charging network is critical in facilitating the nation’s switch to a cleaner mode of transportation. In this Virtual Happy Hour alongside transportation expert Ryan Adelman, founder of the Marin Energy & Transportation Group and our main speaker Richard Albrecht founder and CEO of Saascharge, we will explore how to meet the rising demand for public EV charging stations in the US. Join us as we cover: -Key aspects of the public EV charging solution -The current state of the public EV charging market -What an EV network needs in order to operate both profitably and at scale -How to overcome challenges in meeting the rising demand of public EV charging -What to expect from the public EV charging market in the years to come -How Starbucks, Walmart, or McDonalds could become the largest charging network, and why? About the WCS happy hour It is a weekly virtual gathering of the women and men in the cleantech and sustainability space. This social event runs for about an hour and includes a short presentation from the event co-host to give a perspective on the given topic. Following the presentations, attendees are divided into breakout rooms which are facilitated by both WCS and the co-host. Participants are given the opportunity to network and meet new peers by introducing themselves one by one and providing their digital cards in the chat group. The breakout session also includes a discussion regarding the topic and the WCS facilitator will report back with the salient points to the rest of the virtual happy hour group. After the short recap, the attendees will move on to two or more breakout sessions. Attendees are encouraged to continue their discussions after the event. About Marin Energy & Transportation Group It's dedicated to working professionals operating at the nexus of energy and transportation and based in Northern California. We arrange networking events, generally in Marin County, and encourage knowledge sharing & camaraderie.

As We Heal From the Global Pandemic, It’s Time to Talk About Climate Change

>>This event is complimentary for all WCS members (Refer to the membership options here: https://bit.ly/WCSMembership) and limited to the first 100 attendees. Members look for the promo code in your WCS Members' list email. Or email [masked] to get your member promo code. Registration required on Event Brite: https://bit.ly/WCS_CLIMATETALK Thankfully, 2019 was the year of the Climate Strike, with the courageous Greta Thunberg igniting a movement that prompted roughly 10 million global citizens to march. Now, 2020 seems to be revealing how quickly the world can take action within the face of an imminent threat and just how clean our air could be if we prioritized zero-emission vehicles and more sustainable manufacturing. The novel coronavirus COVID-19 led to dramatic shutdown of economic activity and dramatically reduced the use of fossil fuels. It’s also demonstrated that while a hit to the economy was a reason not to adopt widespread climate mitigation on a global scale, it is possible when there is political will. In order to be meaningful for the future of climate change, the drops in greenhouse gas emissions and consumer consumption need to extend beyond individuals to the larger structures that shape our lives. As the economy recovers, regulations and stipulations that require governments and businesses to adopt more sustainable practices is paramount. To ensure the planet recovers from the coronavirus in a greener and more sustainable way, we as industry professionals and voters have a responsibility to win the hearts and minds of those in power to use their influence towards taking serious, urgent, and targeted action to mitigate climate change. Climate change is not only about what’s happening to the planet. It is also about the personal and universal emotions humans feel surrounding the scale of the problem. When we take the time to connect climate conversations to personal motivations, people out of action or in denial are known to change their viewpoints. While such conversations could be challenging to have and may need to be repeated over time, done thoughtfully and responsibly, they can sway people into taking action in their spheres of influence. In this virtual workshop, founder and CEO of Technica Communications, and chairwoman of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability, Lisa Ann Pinkerton will cover: -An eight-step process on how to discuss the climate crisis with friends, family, and community leaders in denial and inactive -Spotlight effective tactics for opening one’s mind to thinking differently about climate change -Outline case studies of famous deniers who have shifted to climate action -Highlight the cascading effect such conversations can have on the power structures of industry and politics After the short TED-style presentation, attendees will be given the opportunity to practice the techniques outlined in two Zoom breakout room sessions. Between each session, the group will share insights and experiences with the larger group. “Without addressing climate change on the personal, human level, one cannot hope to change it at a global scale.” - Lisa Ann Pinkerton

Women in Cleantech: Decarbonizing the Grid with Community Choice Energy

Member Notes: This event is complimentary for all WCS members Look for the promo code in your WCS Members' list email Become a member email us at [masked] The electric grid has traditionally been powered by polluting fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. However, the last decade has been marked by an increased mix of renewable power generation from sources like solar, hydroelectric, and wind. This trend of decarbonizing the electricity system must continue if we are to create a sustainable future. New models to deliver clean power to the grid such as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) are an exciting way to achieve grid decarbonization. Join WCS for this Virtual Happy Hour co-hosted with the Clean Power Alliance, as we explore how to decarbonize the grid through the power of community choice. Hear from Clean Power Alliance speakers Karen Schmidt, Interim Director of External Affairs and Tyler Aguirre, Customer Programs Manager. Learn how CCA’s in California are decarbonizing the grid by: -Leveraging the power of community selection -Shifting towards 100% renewable energy as the default choice for residents and businesses -Driving the development of distributed and utility-scale renewable resources -Spurring local building and transportation electrification -Ensuring equitable access to clean energy About the WCS happy hour It is a weekly virtual gathering of the women and men in the cleantech and sustainability space. This social event runs for about an hour and includes a short presentation from the event co-host to give a perspective on the given topic. Following the presentations, attendees are divided into breakout rooms which are facilitated by both WCS and the co-host. Participants are given the opportunity to network and meet new peers by introducing themselves one by one and providing their digital cards in the chat group. The breakout session also includes a discussion regarding the topic and the WCS facilitator will report back with the salient points to the rest of the virtual happy hour group. After the short recap, the attendees will move on to two or more breakout sessions. Attendees are encouraged to continue their discussions after the event. About Clean Power Alliance Clean Power Alliance is the fifth largest electricity provider in California and the largest Community Choice energy provider. It is also the largest supplier of 100% renewable energy in the country. Learn how CPA is harnessing the power of local choice and local resources to rapidly decarbonize the electricity system in Southern California.

Talent Market Perspective - Navigating the Competitive Cleantech Recovery

Member Notes: This event is complimentary for all WCS members Look for the promo code in your WCS Members' list email To become a member contact [masked] Registration required on Event Brite: https://bit.ly/FChatPC During an economic downturn, it can be challenging to navigate both for job seekers and potential employers. For candidates, the competition is fierce, especially if you are looking to transition from an adjacent industry into the cleantech or sustainability space. For companies looking to hire new talent, weeding through the pool of potential candidates can be overwhelming to manage and the competition for top talent remains frustrating. Join Paige Carratturo, Founder of Enertech Search Partners and Partner at Cipactil Partners for a fireside chat to discuss the current state of cleantech talent landscape from both the Candidate and Employer perspectives. After the chat, attendees will be offered the opportunity to join two breakout sessions led by Enertech Search Partners’ and Cipactil Partners’ representatives (one for candidates and one for employers) to answer specific questions participants might have. For employees the fireside chat will cover: - ZOOM, the new normal – (Video interview best practices) - Follow the Money (Strong cleantech industries to target) - Strategic vs. Tactical - How to leverage recruiter partnerships to support the entire arc of your career, not just the one job you want now For employers the fireside chat will cover: - The current state of the Candidate Market – Opportunities and threats for hiring top talent – don’t be fooled by the perceived oversupply of talent - Teams in the Post-COVID Paradigm – What you should be investing in now to help extend your runway and optimize productivity - Employer Brand – not just for Big Company’s anymore - The importance of managing the candidate experience through the interview process - Reinventing the recruiting model – new paradigms that support early-stage companies About Paige Carratturo Paige Carratturo is a 15-year veteran of the cleantech industry. In 2008, she founded Enertech Search Partners, a boutique talent acquisition firm which partners with companies that are committed to having a meaningful impact on the significant issues that face our world. For the past decade, she has partnered with some of the most innovative start-ups disrupting old economy industries and curated a network of candidates and clients who share those values. With over a decade of talent strategy and recruiting experience her expertise spans energy and resources, transportation and logistics and cities and infrastructure In addition to leading Enertech Search Partners, Paige has recently launched Cipactil Partners, enabling Seed to Series B disruptors across energy, infrastructure, and mobility by providing strategic advisory services focused on CAPITAL, IMPACT and TALENT.

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