The Greater Washington Board of Trade is going green — on Thursday, at least.

The business organization is hosting a half-day conference on “Innovative Green Technologies and Trends.” Topics will include natural gas, fuel cells, energy management, energy-efficient technologies and alternative transportation.

Panelists are to include John Huffman, president and chief executive of Pepco Energy Services; John Spirtos, chief executive of GridPoint; Melissa Adams, division head for sustainability at Washington Gas; Bruce Henning, vice president for energy regulatory and market analysis at ICF International; Paul DeMaio, founder of Metrobike; and Jonathan Gonsky, regional vice president of Zipcar.

The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $85 for members, $125 for everyone else.

Other events of note
Wednesday, April 17

Lisa Cines, office managing partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman; Rosie Allen Herring, managing director for community investment and engagement at Fannie Mae; and Scott Miner, managing partner at Ascend Executive Search, are to talk about “Getting Connected in Greater Washington.” The event, hosed by the Greater Washington Board of Trade, begins at 8:30 a.m. at the St. Regis Washington, 923 16th St. NW. $50 for members, $75 for everyone else.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce plays host to officials from Deltek who will reveal findings from its fourth annual “Deltek Clarity Government Contracting Survey.” A panel discussion, featuring Stephanie Ambrose from Unisys, Peter Lauria from Baker Tilly, Christian Marrone from the Aerospace Industries Association, and Lynn Wasylina from MicroTech, follows. The event begins at 7 a.m. at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Dr., McLean. $59 for members, $79 for everyone else.

Thursday, April 18

The Northern Virginia Technology Council is hosting a panel discussion on “The Next Step: Successful Early-Stage Funding and the Entrepreneurs Who Made it Happen.” Panelists are to include John Bracken, chief executive of Speek; Jennifer K. Hsin, chief financial officer of CNF Investments; Phil Bronner, chief executive of Quad Learning; and Thanasis Delistathis, managing partner of New Atlantic Ventures. Norm Snyder, partner at Aronson, is to moderate. The event begins at 4:30 at the Virginia Tech Research Center, 900 N. Glebe Rd., Second Floor, Arlington. $25 for members, $45 for everyone else.

Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett Packard, is to give the keynote speech at the Ballston Innovation Initiative’s launch party. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at GMU Founders Hall, 3301 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free.

CoFoundersLab is holding a “Co-Founders Wanted of Northern Virginia” event for people interested in finding a co-founder for their business. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Economic Development, 1100 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 1500, Arlington. $10.

— Shawn Selby