One of the biggest events in the green business sphere is coming to Silicon Valley next month. A conference and expo dedicated to accelerating the clean economy, VERGE 17 will bring together more than 2,000 leaders from global corporations, startups, forward-thinking government agencies, and utilities. The event is created by GreenBiz and focuses on the intersection of technology and sustainability.

Join us at VERGE 17 on September 19-21 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Save 10% by registering with code V17SSV here: Hurry — early bird rates end this Friday, August 18th!

Here are just a few highlights of what you can expect at the event:

1. High profile featured speakers:

Lisa P. Jackson – Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social initiatives at Apple; former EPA Administrator

Van Jones – CNN political contributor, author, and green jobs advisor to President Obama

Kate Brandt – Lead for Sustainability at Google

Carla Peterman – Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Val Jensen – Senior Vice President of Customer Operations, Commonwealth Edison

2. A comprehensive array of program tracks that allow attendees to take a deep dive into what interests them most:

Renewable Energy Procurement

Distributed Energy Systems

Grid-Scale Power

Next-Gen Buildings

Connected Transportation & Mobility

Smart Infrastructure

City & Regional Resilience

Circular Economy

3. VERGE Accelerate

This pitch competition is designed for early-stage startups and entrepreneurs. Finalists this year include:



Bioplastic Recycling

COI Energy


Katz Water Technologies

Lilac Solutions


Symbiot Technology

Renewal Mill


The Renewal Workshop



4. Interconnect Expo

The expo, which is open all three days of the event, showcases more than 50 innovative companies at the forefront of the green economy. Browse exhibits, network, and learn about new products and technologies.

5. Solution Series

These hour-long sessions at the expo allow standout companies to share their products on a more in-depth basis.

6. VERGE Microgrid

Powered by 100% renewable energy, the VERGE Microgrid will be installed on-site at the Santa Clara Convention Center using off-the-shelf components from leading startups and established brands. Tours are available throughout the event so attendees can learn about the different equipment and its interoperability.

VERGE 17 Microgrid Diagram
VERGE Microgrid Diagram. Image by GreenBiz.