March 29th, 2010

Calling all Young Cleantech Professionals in Boston

Chris Williams

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I started The Green Light Distrikt about 5 months ago as a personal project and it has evolved into something much larger than myself and the vision is becoming mighty clear. To those of you that pushed me to start the blog, you know who you are, I thank you very much. I can honestly say it has had a huge beneficial impact on my life.

A couple weeks ago I was at a Boston Green Drinks event (I help organize them and you should come!) talking with Walter Frick from the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC). He told me about how their organization works with a lot with clean tech executives and provide forums for them to learn and connect with each other but the same venue does not exist for young professionals in the industry.

Boom! It hit me. The Green Light Distrikt will unite the Boston’s young clean tech professionals that are the future leaders of the industry.

We’ll accomplish this goal in 3 simple ways.

1 – Industry Insiders - I have no problem with journalists, but I prefer to hear information straight from the horses mouth. The Green Light Distrikt will provide a central forum for healthy online discussion that provide up to date information and insights from the front lines to the community. The goal is also to use GLD to help each industry insider build their own personal brand, expertise and credibility in the field they work in.

Currently, we have 3 industry insiders writing from various backgrounds and we’re looking for 10 so we can have a many perspectives that span the industry. We ask the that insiders write at least one post a month, not a huge commitment.

If you’re interested, please contact me. The criteria is a simple 1) You live in Greater Boston area 2) You’re young, you can be the judge of this 3) You directly work in a clean tech field.

2 – Local Events – We aggregate all local clean tech events. Making friends as  I like to call it, NOT networking, is essential to learning, getting new perspectives, and keeping up to date. Online discussions are great, but there is no substitute for face to face meetings. The Green Light Distrikt already has an events calendar where we aggregate over 20 organizations each month to provide to the community.

3 – Clean Tech Kingpins - In addition to communicating others events The Green Light Distrikt will also host our own regular event that will provide a forum for young clean tech professionals to meet each other and learn from current industry experts. Our first event is on April 20th at 6pm at the NEXUS Green Building Resource Center. We’re having the CEOs of Harvest Power, Wakonda Technologies, New Generation Energy and VP of Business Development at Nexamp speak. If you have signed up already, you should right here.

The last thing I’m working on for the new vision is a re-design of the site to make it look much more authentic and snazzy. Here’s the sample. What do you think?

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Chris Williams

About Chris Williams

Chris Williams is the editor of Green Light Distrikt and Chief Marketing Officer at HeatSpring . He has experience in business development, prototyping and new venture research with a focus on geothermal heat pumps, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies. Chris is an IGSHPA accredited geothermal installer and NABCEP certified solar installer. Chris is focused on solving customer facing issues in the creation and adoption of clean energy technologies and products. Chris has installed over 300kW of solar and tens of geothermal systems. He's invented the PV Pal , developed many trainings at HeatSpring, publishes the NABCEP Study Guide , the Hitchhikers Guide to Cleantech and has done due diligence research for Urgent VC . Feel free to connect with him @topherwiliams , on Linkedin , or through email about new ventures, collaborating, writing, research or whatever is on your mind.

  • disdaniel

    Good luck with your work. I wish we had a good hub like you are discussing here in Chicago. I have several good business ideas I’d like to pursue and not enough time to pursue them all.