UC Irvine Applied Innovation


About Sustain OC

About Sustain SoCal

Sustain Southern California (Sustain SoCal) is committed to its mission of accelerating sustainability and economic growth through innovation, collaboration and education in region.

As Southern California’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 and Sustain OC, Sustain SoCal has a long history of exploring and implementing pragmatic, real-world solutions to the challenges created by growth, change and inefficiency that face Southern California and beyond.

Challenges create opportunities.

Sustain SoCal 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 area and its residents, businesses and visitors.

For key sectors such as Energy, Water and Transportation, Sustain SoCal has gathered together stakeholders and formed Sustainability Networks are collaborating towards seeking common solutions and enabling economic growth. Working Groups within each Sustainability Network focus on specific issues and challenges that can be addressed through innovation and economic opportunities.

Sustain SoCal 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.

Networks / Partnerships: Fostering cooperation and collaboration among the public, private and academic sectors in the area of sustainability and cleantech within and around the greater Southern California region.

Sustain SoCal Networks

  • Energy Network
  • Water Network
  • Transportation Network
  • Cleantech Investor Network


Partnerships (partial list)

Association of Energy Engineers SoCal Chapter (AEE SoCal)
Association of California Cities Orange County (ACC OC)
Center for Sustainable Energy
Cleantech San Diego
Energy Storage North America (ESNA)
Executive Next Practices Institute (ENPI)
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
University of California, Irvine (UCI):

  • UCI Advanced Power & Energy Program (APEP)
  • UCI Community and Governmental Affairs
  • UCI Facilites Management
  • UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • UCI Master of Public Policy Program

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 Southern California, 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 SoCal Board.

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


Scott KitcherPresident & CEO

Tony Jones – Chairperson

Ryan Baron Vice Chairperson

Randal Kaufman – Treasurer

Scott Kitcher (interim) – Secretary


Nadereh Afsharmanesh
VP, Sustainability, Earth Friendly Products

Cristina Amorim
Vice President, Facilities & EHS, Chief Sustainability Officer, Thermofisher Scientific, Life Sciences Solutions Group

John Arena
Business Outreach Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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

Ryan Baron
Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger

Dennis Calvert
CEO, BioLargo

Marc Campopiano
Partner, Latham Watkins

Ken Chawkins
Business/Policy Manager, SoCalGas, a Sempra Utility

Mackenzie Crigger
Sustainability Manager, Chapman University

Michele Davidson
CEO, FTS Lighting Services, Inc.

Angelina Galiteva
Board of Governors Member, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)

Suzanne Gentilini
Senior Manager, Business Development, Engie Services US

Greg Giebel
Managing Director, Roth Capital Partners

Shiv Grewal
Principal, Auctus Capital

Steve Gross
CEO, IHI Power

Greg Guard
President, JWC Environmental

Sulaiman Hamidi
Director, Sustainability, Allergan

Chris Harrington

Tyler Henn
VP & GM, Clean Energy Renewables subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Chris Ivey
Shareholder, Stradling

Tony Jones
Senior Scientist, Geosyntec Consultants

Randal Kaufman
Sales Director, Transformative Technologies, Black & Veatch

Tom Koutroulis
Director, County of Orange, OC Waste & Recycling

Greg Miller
Exec. VP, Market Development, Ice Energy

Brendan O’Donnell
Regional Sales Manager, ChargePoint

Theodore Papagiannis
Partner, Knobbe Martens

Gary Saleba
President & CEO, EES Consulting

Richard Sudek
Executive Director, UCI Applied Innovation

Scott Tapia
Sales Manager / Southern California, ABM

Patrick Thompson

Drake Welch
Vice President Customer Care, Calpine Energy Solutions

Sustain SoCal Programs Director:

Alan Ring – alan@sustainsocal.org