The LACI Energy Cluster is anchored by Energize California, Southern California’s hub for clean energy innovation. Its goal is to support California’s clean energy goals by connecting and convening the energy community, helping startups access the business and technical resources they need to bring new tech to market in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Energize California is an LACI Initiative, and is part of the California Energy Commission’s regional energy innovation clusters, dedicated to driving energy innovation. Find out more at www.energize-ca.org
The LACI Agriculture & Food Science Cluster has a focus on Indoor farming, alternate farming solutions, food waste management, food processing, and urban agriculture policy. The Cluster has partnered with Community Healing Gardens in South Los Angeles to begin creating a Tech Community Garden at Markham Middle School in Watts.
The LACI Water Cluster is working with utilities to develop a Reverse Pitch Program to match tech with the issues utilities are looking to solve. Areas of focus include water efficiency and reuse, local water and storm water. Sponsors include Niagara, MWD, Ugmo, Carollo, Advantageous Systems, and Splashlink.
The LACI Built Environment Cluster activities feature So Cal Edge, in partnership with the LA Better Buildings Challenge and funded by the Department of Energy. The initiative is working to match property owners who are committed to innovation with market ready solutions. Other activities involve La Kretz Innovation Campus Demos and the LADWP Lighting Lab. Other focuses include affordable housing, residential technologies, green buildings, urban landscape, innovative project financing options, and the achievement of energy efficiency goals. The cluster meetings are ponsored by Niagara, and the US Green Building Council.
The LACI Transportation Cluster programs include Advanced Vehicle Technology Showcase, FASTLink DTLA (Transportation Management Organization for DTLA), and the Advanced Transportation Center (Southern California site). With a focus on Transportation electrification, autonomous vehicles, goods movement and public transit, the Transportation Cluster is sponsored by Metro.
The Waste & Sustainable Materials Cluster is committed to a deeper understanding of key regional issues on the topics of waste management and alternative materials.