UC Irvine Applied Innovation


About Sustain OC

About Sustain OC

Sustain OC is committed to its mission of accelerating sustainability and economic growth through innovation, collaboration and education in the Orange County region of Southern California.

As Orange County's population, industry, workforce and tourism continues to grow and change, it is vitally important to proactively address the region's sustainability, environmental and infrastructure needs and objectives.

Formerly known as Cleantech OC, Sustain OC has a long history of exploring and implementing pragmatic, real-world solutions to the challenges created by growth, change and inefficiency that face Orange County.

Challenges create opportunities.

Sustain OC conducts conferences, workshops and networking events to help in the sharing of knowledge and establish connections that have a positive impact on both the economic progress and sustainable future of the Orange County.

For key sectors such as Energy, Water and Transportation, Sustain OC has gathered together stakeholders and formed Working Group Segments that are collaborating towards seeking common solutions and enabling economic growth.

Sustain OC participants and sponsors range from established and emerging cleantech companies, start-up companies, corporate organizations of all sizes, municipal / regional / state / national agencies and governments, schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations, investors and more.

Working Groups / Partnerships: Fostering cooperation and collaboration among the public, private and academic sectors in the area of sustainability and cleantech within and around the greater Orange County region.

Sustain OC Working Groups

  • Energy Segment Working Group
  • Water Segment Working Group
  • Transportation Segment Working Group


Partnerships (partial list)

Information hub: Serving as an information and data clearinghouse to ensure that its members have the latest and most complete information concerning sustainability initiatives and practices and the clean technologies.

Advocacy: Serving as the voice for its members and industry in Orange County, Sacramento and Washington D.C.

Mentorship and Advisory: A service to its community in mentoring and advising toward sustainable growth inclusive of sustainable practices such as, business planning, strategic partnerships, supply chain management, human capital management, recycling, cleantech assessment and integration, etc.

Networking & Collaboration: Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and business opportunities among large corporations, cleantech companies, local government, investors, academia and non-profits.

  • Access to the best local minds in sustainability
  • Access to government
  • Access to latest technology and its C-suite
  • Access to capital both private and public
  • Access to research and facilities at universities and colleges
  • Access to between six and ten events and many other gatherings every year

Platform to share best practices: Providing singular and multi-disciplinary foci to discover solutions.

Social media promotional vehicle: All tools available to members

Roundtables, workshops and lunch and learns: Coordinate focus meetings with a segment or whole of Sustain OC. Members bring ideas to the Sustain OC Board.

Education: We serve to educate our community and raise awareness in all matters related to sustainability with an emphasis on clean technology.


Scott Kitcher - President

Jam Attari - Chairperson

Vitaly Lee - Vice Chairperson

Sean Kelly - Treasurer

Dave Jones - Secretary


Nadereh Afsharmanesh
VP, Sustainability, Earth Friendly Products

Cristina Amorim
Director, Sustainability, Thermofisher Scientific

John Arena
Business Outreach Manager, Metropolitan Water District

Jam Attari
CEO, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, LLC

Ryan Baron
Of Counsel, Best, Best & Krieger

Ken Biele
CEO, JWC Environmental

Rich Bluth
VP, Energy Management, Irvine Company

Tim Brandt
Audit Partner, Deloitte

Dennis Calvert
CEO, BioLargo

Marc Campopiano
Partner, Latham Watkins

Duane Cave
External Relations Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

Ken Chawkins
Business/Policy Manager, Southern California Gas Co.,

Harrison Clay
President, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels

Tom Comstock
Chief Marketing Officer, Edison Energy

Mackenzie Crigger
FTS Lighting, CEO

Michele Davidson
Sustainability Manager, Chapman University

Steve Eberle
President, Eberle Company

Marcie Edwards

Joe Gagliano
Regional Representative, CA Fuel Cell Partnership

Greg Giebel
Managing Director, Roth Capital

Shiv Grewal
Principal, Auctus Capital

Steve Gross
CEO, IHI Power

Sulaiman Hamidi
Director, Sustainability, Allergan

Chris Harrington
Educator, Self

Chris Ivey
Shareholder, Stradling

Dave Jones
Chairman, Biix

Tony Jones
Managing Scientist, Exponent

Sean Kelly
Partner, Hein & Associates LLP

Tom Koutroulis
Senior Manager Organics Proj. Dev., Waste Management

Vitaly Lee
Vice-President, Business Management at Terra-Gen

Mike Levin
Director, Government Affairs, Fuel Cell Energy

Peter Livingston
Mgr. Environ. Serv. Ren Enrgy Pgm, OC Waste & Recycling

Greg Miller
EVP Market Development, Ice Energy

Michael Nisenson
Regional Director, Ansys

Brendan O’Donnell
Regional Sales Manager, ChargePoint

Randy Okamura
Director External Affairs, OC & SDC, AT&T

Theodore Papagiannis
Partner, Knobbe

Patrick Sheilds
Executive Director of Operations, Irvine Ranch Water District

Heather Stratman

Richard Sudek
Executive Director, UCI Institute for Innovation

Patrick Thompson
Partner & CEO, CoorsTek & EcoPAS