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LACI Welcomes New AIR Artists to Advanced Prototyping Center at the La Kretz Innovation Campus

Reception Introducing New AIR Artist-in-Residence Program to be held Wednesday, May 23

Los Angeles, CA — May 22, 2018 —The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is proud to welcome its inaugural cohort of Resident Artists to the LACI AIR program. Selected AIR Artists-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco will be introduced to the public at a special reception on Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9pm. The event will include behind-the-scenes tours of the Advanced Prototyping Center, art installations and equipment demonstrations as well as an opportunity to hear about the artists’ residency projects.

AIR, LACI’s Artist-In-Residence program, is a unique program providing advanced equipment training and research opportunities for professional artists to create art focused on the impacts of climate change. AIR empowers innovation by uniting the creative and cleantech communities in the shared aim of addressing global environmental problems and programming that reflects the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of Los Angeles.

“Congratulations to this incredible group of talented artists- we are excited to welcome Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco to LACI,” said Matt Petersen, LACI President and CEO. “This is a rare opportunity to actually experience the intersection of art, technology and sustainability! Given the axiom, art leads politics, it’s so important for these artists to be able to communicate what is happening now with climate change and how we, as a community, can innovate and help fight our greatest challenge facing humanity.”

A call for submissions issued earlier this year drew applicants from all parts of the region for the opportunity to access new tools, technologies, and subject matter experts in sustainability in the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) at the La Kretz Innovation Campus. The six labs in the APC are utilized by LACI portfolio companies and open to the public through membership offering the region’s highest caliber facility where members can design, build, test, certify and manufacture products all under one roof. Features include an electronics lab, bio-chemistry lab, cell lab, CNC center, water jet center, welding shop, 3D printing shop, use of premium CAD software, laser cutters, woodworking, an assembly bay, training centers and more.

“Engineering can only go so far and technology often lacks human connection,” stated Kay Yang, Director or the Advanced Prototyping Center. “In order to help make technology opportunities understood and create impactful solutions, we need an approachable connection and these artists are going to do just that- by providing the human touch and telling the story through their arts. We are excited for our newest members of the APC!”

In fall 2016, L.A.-based artist Debra Scacco toured LACI’s Advanced Prototyping Center (APC). On recognizing LACI’s technical and intellectual opportunities and Arts District location, she immediately saw the potential for a one-of-a-kind Artist-in-Residence program merging the creative community of L.A. with the incredible resources housed at LACI. Thanks to the generosity of The Durfee Foundation and numerous others, that vision is now a reality.

“Throughout my 20 years as an artist, I’ve often thought about the ideal residency: the capacity to collaborate with thought leaders, the resources and training to learn new skills, and the opportunity to build invaluable community in my home city,” said lead Aritist-in-Residence, Debra Scacco. “When I walked into LACI nearly 18 months ago, I recognized it as one of the only places this kind of program could happen.”

Please Join Us and Meet the Artists – May 23, 2018:

Rebecca Bruno will use dance and sculpture to examine natural regenerative cycles (as seen in permaculture) and their relationship to external variables such as air quality and climate change. Bruno will conduct a series of public movement workshops both on campus and off.

Nova Jiang will use interactive sculptures and installations, which invite playful viewer participation to explore the infrastructural history of Los Angeles, and highlight the human and natural systems which shape its urban condition.

Debra Scacco will use cartographic drawing, sculpture and installation to examine structure and connectivity by mapping past, present and future rivers, highways and transit lines of Los Angeles.

In addition to the artists’ work on exhibit throughout the duration of their residency, the AIR program includes: community partnerships such as Small Green Door (Commerce) and Blue Roof Studios (South LA); artists’ studio visits and LACI site visits; professional development workshops on and off campus; artist talks at La Kretz Innovation Campus; AIR exhibition and panel discussions; and the creation of limited edition artworks related to sustainability issues.

About AIR

AIR incubates artists working with ideas of water, sustainability, transportation, energy and related themes. Resident Artists will receive a $10,000 stipend, $3,000 for materials, training and six-month access to the Advanced Prototyping Center (a $10M+ facility including machine shop and wet labs), and the opportunity to work side-by-side with LACI portfolio companies, including scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs working in related fields. Limited edition pieces and a work-in-progress exhibition will showcase how access to research, government, non-profits and start-ups in cleantech are embedded in the artists’ work. 

As part of LACI’s Enhancing Community pillar, AIR is committed to: working to build inclusive networks of creative people that can support one another in the making of environmentally-focused work, supporting creative practitioners in underrepresented communities through workshops and events, and leveraging internal and external networks and resources at LACI to empower artists as agents of change.

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies and ensuring an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing community. Founded as a cluster-driven economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value.

For more information, please visit http://laci.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @LACIncubator.r.

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Archaeology of the Present

Archaeology of the Present presents selected findings by artists Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco created during AIR, a six-month residency at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). AIR provided access to a state-of-the-art prototyping facility and leading minds working in climate-related issues. Through varying approaches, each artist engaged with a deep study of humans in relation to their surrounding environments, highlighting agricultural regeneration, urban erasure, and city infrastructure.

By introducing artists to an entrepreneurial clean tech hub, LACI’s AIR program brings new insights, research models and personal entry points to our most urgent ecological issues: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the systems by which we live. AIR resident artists are encouraged to remain a part of the LACI community, benefiting artists and incubator alike. This inaugural exhibition offers a snapshot of the way we work, together.

Rebecca Bruno explored the link between agricultural systems and the choreographic process used in dance and performance art. Her piece, Life Keeping Recipe for a Relic, combines data collected through a series of public movement workshops with studies on permaculture and the impact that land cultivation has on the regenerative properties of soil. The resulting actions contain both hopeful, and dismal, aspects of climate change.

Nova Jiang focused on the relational cycles of urban blight and redevelopment, specifically as they affect neighborhood accessibility and diversity. Her installation, Bunker, commemorates the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bunker Hill—an enclave of opulent Victorian mansions that fell into disrepair, and was eventually razed to make way for the promise of commercial high rises and cultural institutions. Housed in a wheel-shaped sandbox, Jiang’s 3D-printed sand molds modeled after original Bunker Hill mansions allow viewers to rebuild the lost neighborhood. Each time the wheel is spun, the neighborhood is wiped clean.

Debra Scacco initiated the first phase of her longterm project, titled Future Tense. This installation uses Los Angeles as a case study to investigate the relationship between city geographies, historic river courses, existing highway configurations, and a midcentury transit proposal never realized. The work questions our certainty of the history on which we build, the way we currently move, and the potential of an interconnected future.

AIR, the Artist-in-Residence Program at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), empowers innovation by uniting the creative and cleantech communities in the shared aim of addressing global environmental problems.

Situated in the heart of Los Angeles’ Arts District, AIR enhances LACI’s innovation community by introducing research-led artists to a thriving environment: where entrepreneurs, engineers, organizations and policy makers collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies.

The benefits of the six-month residency include:
— $13,000 stipend
— Access to leading minds
— Training and access to prototyping equipment
— Community engagement at the interplay of technology, sustainability, and the arts

LACI and California Clean Energy Fund Announce the Winner of the California Climate Cup

Solstice Energy Solutions takes the top prize, while Wheeli and EVmatch win technology categories in the first-ever California Climate Cup, the global competition showcasing the most promising and innovative megacity climate solutions. CalCEF Managing Director, Danny Kennedy (left) and LACI CEO Matt Petersen (right) present Ugwem Eneyo of Solstice Energy Solutions (center) the Grand Prize Check for the California Climate Cup on the Main Stage at The Global Climate Action Summit. Photo Credit: Mike Swords


LOS ANGELES, CA – On September 14, The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and California Clean Energy Fund announced the winner of the California Climate Cup on the Main Stage of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, CA. The California Climate Cup is a startup competition seeking the world’s most promising climate solutions for megacities and region.

Ten competitors made it to the California Climate Cup finals held on September 10th from the US, Australia and France, and pitched their companies before a panel of judges representing Itron Idea Labs, Edison International, BMW i Ventures, Emerson Elemental, GreenBiz and Innovate UK. The top ten finalists were selected from over 100 applications in the areas of zero emissions mobility and goods movement, energy/transportation nexus, and digital solutions for sustainable cities.

Find out more information about the 10 California Climate Cup Finalists here.

Following the finals in Los Angeles, the three category winners, Wheeli, EVmatch and Solstice Energy Solutions, attended several events in San Francisco pitching in front of key customers, investors, global leaders and policymakers, culminating the Grand Prize presentation at the Moscone Center on Friday, September 14th.

Solstice Energy Solutions was awarded $25,000US and the two category finalists were awarded $5,000US.

“The California Climate Cup demonstrated that there is no lack of innovative, motivated minds tackling the climate crisis. These companies will enable a future with cleaner air for our cities and citizens, access to renewable energy and zero emission mobility, and reduce carbon emissions on a significant scale,” said Matt Petersen, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. “Business innovation along with strong climate policy will help cities, states, and countries across the globe achieve the goals set with the Paris Agreement and Global Climate Action Summit. Congratulations to the finalists and winners and we look forward to seeing their continued success.”

The competition was supported by major sponsors Edison International and Itron Idea Labs. Additional sponsorship was offered by PG&E and LADWP and affiliate partner support was provided by C40 and GreenBiz / VERGE.

Meet the California Climate Cup Winners

Grand Prize and Winner of the Digital Solutions for Sustainable Cities Category, Sponsored by Itron Idea Labs – Solstice Energy Solutions

Solstice Energy Solutions emerged as the first event California Climate Cup grand prize winner. The San Francisco-based company develops IoT and software to intelligently manage distributed energy resources. Its initial focus is on cities in emerging markets where unreliable grids have resulted in distributed energy landscapes, primarily diesel generators. Increasing integration of distributed solar and battery technology ultimately requires intelligence, flexibility and control.  

Zero Emissions Mobility and Goods Movement

Wheeli is a new York-based shared mobility company. Wheeli is the carpooling app for college students working to build a national transportation network starting with college campuses. Wheeli is the Airbnb for the empty car seats on the road.

Energy/Transportation Nexus Sponsored by Edison International

EVmatch from Santa Barbara, California provides people a network of electric vehicle charging stations. EVmatch is a peer-to-peer network for electric vehicle (EV) charging that harnesses the power of sharing to immediately create more reliable charging options. Through EVmatch, individuals and business owners rent out their private charging stations, earning money and supporting EV drivers with reservable charging. EV drivers leverage the sharing economy to easily find, reserve, and pay for charging with a few quick clicks using the company’s web or mobile applications.

About LACI

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies and ensuring an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing community. Founded as a cluster-driven economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past six years, LACI has helped 72 portfolio companies raise $159M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,695 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long-term economic value.

LACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and committed to building a more inclusive ecosystem that integrates women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups into the cleantech sector and the overall tech industry.  We strongly encourage applications from qualified applicants and members of underrepresented groups. The information collected from the application helps us ensure that we are meeting our goal of an equitable and diverse campus and community.

About California Clean Energy Fund

The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) connects capital to catalytic clean energy investments and ideas. They work across the entire lifecycle of clean energy development, commercialization and deployment. Since 2004, California Clean Energy Fund has leveraged $1.5 billion in investment, invested in over 100 clean energy enterprises, and launched industry leading centers for solution collaboration. Today, they are planning for rapid clean energy adoption, to build equity into the energy economy and to create new jobs in California, the United States and around the world. California Clean Energy Fund operates offices in Oakland, CA and Shanghai, China. Learn more at calcef.org.

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LACI Welcomes President of the Government of Spain and First Lady María Begoña Gómez Fernández for a Clean Energy and Latino Leadership Discussion

Photo Credit: Laura Rudich

LOS ANGELES – LACI welcomed the President of the Government of Spain and First Lady María Begoña Gómez Fernández on September 29th for a tour of the facility, and a discussion on the importance of climate action and Latino leadership.

Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León invited the President to LACI and the La Kretz Innovation Campus, which are in de León’s district area. LACI CEO Matt Petersen provided the President and First Lady a tour of the LKIC campus, including the Prototyping Center. Following the tour, Petersen welcomed the President and First Lady in front of a full audience to discuss climate action, and related issues facing society and how business, government, and entrepreneurs are leading the way.

“Very few places in the world are so ambitious as California in their attempts to face this issue,” said Prime Minister Sánchez in his prepared remarks on climate policy. “We are going to work together, because I am sure that together, civil society, business, and the public sector can make it happen.” 

“It was an honor to host President Pedro Sánchez, and have the opportunity to share LACI’s work with entrepreneurs, government leaders, and corporate partners to create a green, inclusive economy for the Los Angeles region,” said Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI. “We are grateful to Senator De León for his climate leadership, support for our organization’s work, and inviting President Sánchez to the campus.”

Photo Credit: Laura Rudich

After speaking briefly to press, President Sánchez led a roundtable discussion about Latino leadership.  Participants from Los Angeles included Senator de Leon, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), State Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Vice Mayor of San Jose Magdalena Carrasco, Mr. David Ayon, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Dr. Cynthia Telles, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, Mr. Walter Ulloa, and Mr. Moctesuma Esparza.

Mayor Garcetti, California Air Resources Board, L.A. County, Industry Partners & L.A. Cleantech Incubator Release Unprecedented Roadmap to Accelerate Zero Emissions Transportation by Time of 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Partners Call for Additional 25 Percent Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Beyond Current Commitments Through Acceleration of Transportation Electrification in the L.A. Region by 2028

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 11, 2018) The unprecedented Transportation Electrification Partnership—convened by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) —today released the 1.0 version of their Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap, setting the goal to move toward an additional 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution beyond current commitments—through accelerating transportation electrification—by the time the world arrives in Los Angeles for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Partnership’s Leadership Group—comprised of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Southern California Edison (SCE), & LACI—have already made ambitious commitments to transportation electrification for the region that are aligned with California’s climate change and air quality goals, as well as the Paris Agreement’s 2 degrees Celsius goal. The additional 25 percent goal to reduce GHGs and air pollution reflects the Partnership’s ambitious commitment to help the region go further, faster together, including through the Roadmap’s principles and targets for key sectors.

With its release on the eve of California Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit, the Roadmap’s targets include ensuring that 20 to 45 percent of all passenger cars are electric by 2028, and 10 to 40 percent of all heavy-duty drayage trucks on the road are zero emissions by 2028. LACI and the Partnership’s Leadership Group, Advisory Group, and other stakeholders will work together over the coming year to conduct further analyses in preparation for the release of the Roadmap 2.0 by Fall 2019.

“Climate change doesn’t respect any city lines or national borders, so our response to it requires strong partnerships, unified action, and the urgency demanded by the greatest threat to our planet’s health and our families’ futures,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This Zero Emissions Roadmap will help us set ambitious transportation targets in our Sustainable City pLAn, while strengthening L.A.’s economy, reinforcing our commitment to environmental justice, and accelerating the reduction of dangerous emissions between now and the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

“Los Angeles County is proactively investing in zero-emissions transportation,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, whose district includes the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. “Communities along our freeways and in the Harbor Area have shouldered the air pollution burden of our car culture and goods movement system for too long. We have the technology we need to kick our reliance on fossil fuel and drive a zero-emissions future—and with this roadmap we can get started building that future today.”

“Using the deadline of the Olympics in 2028, we can use the LA region’s can do attitude along with California’s leadership to make things possible that were never before,” said Mary D. Nichols, Chair of CARB. “That’s why this partnership is so powerful and critically important to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, cleaning up our air, and leading the transition to a zero-emissions future.”

The Roadmap also includes targets for the deployment of charging infrastructure, electric buses and medium-duty electric delivery trucks, among other targets. The Roadmap will be a key tool that other cities and regions outside Greater Los Angeles can use to inform their own efforts to move towards zero-emissions, working to combat climate change in the manner inspired by the Paris Climate Accord.

“As the White House rolls back air quality and fuel efficiency standards, the Partnership and Roadmap reaffirm that the L.A. region and California are leading the way to cleaner air and a brighter future,” said Matt Petersen, president and CEO of LACI. “Thanks to the landmark Transportation Electrification Partnership, the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap will help keep the Los Angeles region focused on our important 25% additional reduction goal while unlocking innovation through startups.”

As part of the Partnership and Roadmap implementation, LACI will begin to identify catalytic pilots, demonstration showcases and testbeds for transportation electrification and shared mobility, and also host technology competitions and incubate start-ups, while helping develop the needed workforce for bringing the benefits of transportation electrification to disadvantaged communities. For example, LACI and the California Clean Energy Fund recently announced finalists for the first-ever California Climate Cup, a global startup competition with over 100 entries focused on promoting the next generation of technologies that will help megacities—as well as states and regions—accelerate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and enhance resiliency in the face of climate change.

The Partnership’s Leadership and Advisory Groups are instrumental to achieving and fostering the necessary collaboration to realize the Roadmap’s ambitious goals. The Advisory Group is comprised of diverse partners including BMW Group, PCS EnergyItron Idea Labs, Greenlots, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Tesla, Pacific Gas & Electric, BYD, Southern California IBEW-NECA, California State University, Northridge and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

“LADWP has made great strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution and we are making significant investments in supporting electrification because a cleaner and greener transportation system is key to continuing the progress we have made in the Los Angeles region, said LADWP General Manager David Wright. “We are excited to partner with other utilities, local, regional and state government and others in the Transportation Electrification Partnership.”

“Southern California Edison has been aggressively moving forward with a range of programs that will help to electrify transportation across many sectors,” said SCE President Ron Nichols. “These programs support California’s greenhouse gas and air pollution reduction goals to achieve cleaner air for our communities.  SCE is pleased to be part of a regional Transportation Electrification Partnership that has come together to accelerate the L.A. Region’s role as a national leader in zero-emission vehicles by 2028.

“LA Metro has 105 electric buses on order and will deploy a fully electric bus fleet on the Orange Line by 2020 and the Silver Line soon thereafter,” said LA Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Our goal is to convert the entire 2,200-plus Metro bus fleet to zero emission vehicles by 2030, and we will do everything possible to accelerate that date. We believe it’s important to lead in the effort to fight climate change and improve air quality in Southern California.”

“Transportation is a leading source of air pollution that causes negative public health outcomes in Southern California and drives global climate change,” added Stella Li, President of BYD Motors. “BYD’s North America operations, with nearly 900 employees in Los Angeles County alone, is working to tackle this problem head-on by providing a range of battery electric bus, truck, forklift and rail options that will help the region, state and nation meet its clean transportation goals. BYD is pleased to partner with LACI on this important Zero Emission Roadmap.”

“The BMW Group is excited to be part of the LACI Transportation Electrification Advisory Group helping to identify ways to reduce GHG emissions and air pollution by accelerating zero emission mobility,” said Lisa Errion Saums, Vice President Government and External Affairs Americas, BMW of LLC. “The targets elaborated in the ZEV roadmap are very ambitious and require a substantive investment in infrastructure, additional financial and non-monetary incentives and continuous customer education and outreach. In order to reach these ambitious objectives joint efforts from all stakeholders involved are needed. LACI is bringing together an unprecedented partnership of local government leaders, utilities, regulators, start-ups and carmakers to work collaboratively and achieve regional transportation electrification faster. The BMW Group is committed to help transform mobility in L.A. to meet air quality and climate goals.”

“Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy because climate change is real and happening right now,” shared Rohan Patel, Director of Policy and Business Development for Tesla. It’s why we recently announced our decision to enter the heavy-duty market and why all our vehicles are 100 percent electric and zero-emissions. As both a California-based manufacturer and a provider of charging infrastructure with 20,000 employees throughout the state, we’re pleased to be part of the LACI Advisory group that is helping to shape and meet these goals.”

“The electrification of transportation is one of the biggest steps we can take to reduce carbon emissions and improve regional air quality,” Roberto Aiello, Director at Itron Idea Labs said. “We are proud to join this innovative group of stakeholders to create new opportunities for clean energy that can be readily adopted by cities around the world.”

“Although we operate in 13 countries across 3 continents, Greenlots is proud to call Los Angeles our home,” said Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots. “We share the city’s vision for a carbon-free future and believe that widespread and equitable access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure is key to achieving that vision. By embracing an ambitious sustainability agenda, Los Angeles is setting the standard for other large cities around the world. Greenlots is proud to work alongside LACI and other organizations to help the city shine ahead of the 2028 Olympic Games.”

Jennifer Kropke, Director of Workforce and Environmental Engagement for Southern California IBEW-NECA added, “The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 11 and National Electrical Contractors Association Los Angeles Chapter are so proud to partner with LACI under the vision of Matt Petersen to usher in a new era of transportation electrification. The fruit of these efforts will be better air quality and good green jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. The future of transportation is electric and we are ready to make it happen.”

“Los Angeles will create the proof with its population of early adopters that electric vehicles cost less than half of traditional combustion engine vehicles so hence the future will be driven with EVs,” said Paul Jennings, Principal of PCS Energy.

About LACI
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation (working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies), transforming markets (through partnerships in transportation, energy and sustainable cities) and enhancing communities (through workforce development, pilots and other programs). Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org.

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