Renewable Nations Institute
VITAL is a Project Development Partner to Renewable Nations, forging a consortium of business, academic, technology and practitioner stakeholders including:
A) Cornell University
B) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
D) Instituto Nacional de Energia y Sostenibilidad Islena (INESI), Puerto Rico
E) The Miller Center at Santa Clara University, in alliance with 170 Jesuit Universities around the world
Renewable Nations is a Commitment Partner to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for Energy (#SDGAction13739).
VITAL directs Renewable Nations Sustainable Energy Project Incubator, developing investment-grade sustainable energy project proposals in a workforce development model. The Incubator was launched at the 2018 SEforALL Forum in Lisbon to support the development of investment-grade proposals to help meet the goals and objectives of the historic Paris Agreement. (renewablenations.us)
Climate ECOS UNFCCC constituency group
ECOS is recognized by the UNFCCC in support of Action for Climate Empowerment.
ECOS is on a mission to optimize the potential for safe, just, and regenerative climate action through an integrated approach to fostering climate literacy, communicating relevant, time sensitive information, and inspiring action through outreach and messaging.
As part of the global effort to reduce the anthropogenic causes of climate change and to support multi-scale actions to minimize the harmful impacts of climate change through resilience and adaptation, the ECOS community advocates for (1) climate change education, (2) climate change communication, (3) climate change outreach, (4) climate change participation training, and (6) climate change engagement and empowerment. These purposes are connected with an aim to promote activities to increase and mobilize action. (climateECOS.org)
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
VITAL is a member company of LACI, a global leader of sustainable entrepreneurship, formed as a non-profit organization in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has launched its cleantech business incubator to accelerate development of cleantech start-ups by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a growing network of experts and capital. LACI is the business equivalent of baseball’s farm system: it identifies local talent, nurtures it, and helps it get to market, resulting in more jobs and a bigger green economy in Los Angeles.
The city’s primary economic growth strategy is to drive innovation in clean technologies. The Los Angeles region is already the largest green economy in the nation. There is an unprecedented economic opportunity as the country rebuilds its energy and transportation infrastructure, shifting energy dependence away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy sources.
LACI is a non-profit organization funded by the CRA/LA and the LADWP for the City of Los Angeles. In partnership with the city’s exceptional educational and research organizations – UCLA, USC, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory – LACI helps accelerate the commercialization of their clean technologies in addition to accelerating new products developed by independent entrepreneurs. LACI is a result of the Clean Tech Los Angeles (CTLA) alliance among the Mayor’s office, the City’s universities, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Business Council, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, LADWP and the CRA/LA. (laincubator.org)
BioProducts Innovation Center (CENTER)
VITAL hosts the CENTER at LACI. The CENTER is a non-profit organization that curates SmartUse of organic waste & resource streams everywhere - SmartCities, SmartCampuses, SmartCommunities, SmartAg. The CENTER builds partnerships to get Bioproducts market-ready and get markets Bioproduct-ready. Forged by dynamic analysis over 4 years of study, the CENTER was officially formed in 2017 by leaders in the Bioproduct and Circular Economy in CA.
Awarded as an Administrative Grantee in Food Waste #FreeTheFood challenge established by the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (LA-DPW), the CENTER delivered public Dashboards for participating project grantees. In addition, the CENTER designs, captures, and and analyzes qualitative and quantitative metrics and benchmarks against roadmaps like the Sustainable City pLAn for Los Angeles and global Food Waste benchmarks like the Sustainable Food Index and Milan Food Paradoxes to improve beneficial program impacts.
The "Sustainable City pLAn" is an award-winning blueprint from the office of the Mayor of Los Angeles to highlight the integrated approach LA is undertaking to improve execution of all city departments as a leading Green City. (bioproducts.center)