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Clean technology plugs into business networking

By: Laura Newell, Features Editor
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Clean technology was the focus at a recent networking event in Folsom.

The Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance’s (SARTA) “Power UP” clean tech networking event was held on Tuesday, April 23, at Folsom Lake College.

Participants showcased and then received feedback on their clean tech products. People also had the opportunity to film a one-minute promotional video about their company or product for posting online, and meet potential investors, partners and service providers.

Katie Shively represented T3 Office Recycling Solutions, based in Rancho Cordova.

“We recycle ink and toner cartridges,” Shively said. “We are trying to keep ink cartridges out of landfills.”

In January, SARTA released its Clean Start Progress Report revealing that Sacramento region clean tech revenues in 2012 grew by 29 percent to over $2.1 billion, while employment grew by 31 percent to more than 3,200. Both marks are all-time highs for the Sacramento region’s clean tech sector, said SARTA officials. The total number of area clean tech companies now totals 99.

“We participate at a lot of SARTA events,” Shively said. “This event is a great way to network and get more contacts.”

SARTA officials said clean Start has a long-term goal to bring 10,000 new clean-tech jobs and $5 billion in additional revenue to the Sacramento region.

This event was the second of three being organized under SARTA’s Clean Start program. The third event will be from 4-7 p.m., June 26, in Grass Valley.

For more information, call (916) 231-0770 or visit sarta.org.