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Now Accepting Clean Tech Innovator of the Year Nominations
PR Log - Aug 17, 2011 - SARTA announces the first annual “Innovator of the Year” award for an outstanding individual innovator from the Sacramento region. The 2011 winner will be announced on October 24th at the fifth annual Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, a premiere networking and educational event for the clean tech industry with an expected 800 in attendance, over 90 exhibitors, media representatives, and a host of industry professionals.

The winner of the award will be selected by the Awards Committee to recognize innovative, important, and high impact inventions and products that transform an important aspect of the clean technology industry, making products and services more effective, less costly, or more widely used. The innovation should be in use in a commercial product or service. The committee may also take into account benefits generated for our region, such as jobs and economic development. Criteria that will be used by the Awards Committee include creativity, breadth of innovation, affected consumers, and economic and environmental benefits.

Clean technology trendsetters can recommend colleagues’ products or services, or submit their own innovations, by going online to and clicking on the “Innovator of the Year” tab. All nominations must be received electronically by 11:59PM on Friday, September 9, 2011.

Awards Committee: The awardee will be selected by a committee that consists of eight clean technology leaders:

- Jim Alves, SMUD
- Jack Crawford, Velocity Venture Capital
- Mark Henwood, CleanStart
- Laurie ten Hope, California Energy Commission
- Emir Macari, Sacramento State
- Clay Schmidt, PG&E
- Gary Simon, CleanStart
- Bruce White, UC Davis

SARTA is accelerating the growth and development of the technology sector in the Sacramento region. SARTA is the nexus that links technology leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, community organizations, and educational institutions. CleanStart is an initiative of SARTA designed to accelerate the development of clean technology ventures within the greater Sacramento region. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital, and connections that are critical to creating a successful new business. SARTA is a 501(c)(3) corporation established in 2001. For more information about SARTA’s CleanStart program, please visit

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