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Water Efficient Gardens - Conserving Water Beautifully PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shelkie Tao   

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More than 50% of residential water usage is consumed outdoors.  To achieve the 25% water reduction target mandated by Governor Jerry Brown and 30% by Santa Clara Valley Water District, letting the green go brown is one of the quickest ways to do so. However, the new yard does not need to be brown; a garden full of water efficient plants can be as beautiful and enjoyable as a green lawn.

Come to this week’s meeting to hear about the current status of the drought, the value of a water efficient garden, rebate programs for converting a lawn to a garden, and see photos of some beautiful water efficient gardens from around the SF Bay Area.  

  

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Febuary 18, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you register on our Meetup site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

 

About the Presenter


Shelkie Tao
is the founder of
waterefficientgarden.com , a website that aims to make it easier to design and build water efficient gardens. shelkie tao picBefore creating the website, Shelkie worked in Product Management in big e-commerce and online payment companies. Shelkie received her MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2016 10:46
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Electric Grid Video & TIE Smart City Initiative Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Today we will view a video on the subject of Global Grids followed by Alex Mednick's review of the TiE Smart City Initiative. 

 

damien ernst picThe video was recorded at a TEDX event. The speaker is Damien Ernst. The title of his presentation is "The Global Grid for Empowering Renewable Energy". Damien presents an interesting twist on the problems associated with moving to renewable energy and some common economic obstacles which need to be looked at. It was well received by viewers and should provide some thought provoking insite. 

 

 

TiE logo 5Alex Mednick was involved with the TiE Smart City Initiative during January. They organized some very interesting competition to develop solutions to waste management, water management, and parking challenges. Alex will present information on the competition.  

 

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Febuary 04, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you register on our Meetup site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

 

About the Presenter

AlexMednick1 25 12Alex Mednick is a technology and environmental professional with an extensive background in computer science, finance, green building and environmental planning. Alex has been a leader in a number of organizations, including Sustainable Silicon Valley, the Green Building Council in Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley, Acterra, and most recently the EcoGreen Group of Silicon Valley. He is always looking at how best to collaborate in bringing forth innovative green technologies and concepts to the marketplace in the areas including sustainable transportation, health, cell phones,  community development, web tools, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.  

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 22:39
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Water & Energy - Forever Intertwined PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony Green   

tony green pic 2There is a close connection, or nexus, between energy and water. It takes a significant amount of water to create energy. Energy is also used in great quantities during the supply and treatment of waste water. For the year 2011 in the United States, electricity from fossil fuels and nuclear energy required 190 billion gallons of water a day accounting for 39% of all the freshwater withdrawals while 4% of all power generation was used for water supply and treatment. Water and energy problems are connected to each other in such a way that, in spite of some partial and short-term success, partial responses are bound to fail in the long-term.

Water and energy policy, planning, and management must be integrated to encourage
conservation, motivate innovation, and ensure sustainable use of water and energy.
Hear about the interconnection of water and energy and how these two resources will be intertwined forever. I will cover questions such as:

•  What is the water-energy nexus?
•  How is water used in energy production?
•  How is energy used in the production of water?
•  Water and energy in California connected?
•  How can water and energy be managed together going forward?

Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!


Thursday Morning Meeting, January 14, 2016
8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you sign up on our Meetup site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall
20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 January 2016 16:50
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Happy Holidays, See you Next Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

happy holidays picture We will be taking a break over the Christmas Holiday. Our next weekly meeting will be held on January 7th, 2016. We will send out a newsletter and update the website a few days before that date to inform everybody of the scheduled event for that meeting. Have a green and enjoyable holiday and see you next year!

   

Join the EcoGreen Group!

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 22:37
 
Ideas on Recycling & Waste Management PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mei-ling-Shek   

garbage 2For todays meeting we will view some portions of several videos which pertain to the areas of recycling and waste management.

The Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling in 21st Century California convened for the first time on August 18, 2015, in Sacramento.  Leaders from across the state discussed what we need to do, collaboratively, to meet the statewide goal of recycling 75% of our waste by 2020. While California does a good job collecting recyclables,  we miss out on much of the economic benefits that can be generated from manufacturing new products in-state from those recyclables. According to CalRecycle, roughly 18 million tons of recyclables were exported from California seaports in 2014. Mark Murray, from Californians Against Waste, said recycling has created 125,000 green jobs in California and added billions of dollars to our economy but, he said, “We’re exporting too much of the value that can be generated from recycling.”

 

Join us to learn and to generate ideas on how we can increase extended producer responsibility,  and  increase the number of green jobs in the state, and what we can do to meet the statewide recycling goal.

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Febuary 11, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you register on our Meetup site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

 

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 17:44
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Water Leak Detection Made Simple PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nancy Hartsoch   

A Presentation by Nancy Hartsoch

 

DSC 5813 smallAging plumbing, outdated distribution systems and equipment malfunctions cost property owners billions of dollars in water damage and loss annually. Despite the severity of the problem, available solutions, which focus primarily on spot detection, have been limited in their ability to address the problem. In addition millions of gallons of water are lost due to a variety of causes, and these losses often go undetected for months until a very large bill arrives two months later causing a shock wave and urgent investigation of the situation. 

 

The AquaSeca system, which leverages major advances in acoustic sensing, cloud based computing, machine learning and wireless communications, detects leaks throughout a building, not simply at the location of an installed sensor such as under an appliance.  The solution includes a group of low-cost, non-invasive, battery operated, wireless acoustic sensors which are strapped onto accessible pipes. The sensors “listen” to water flow and collect and transfer data to AquaSeca’s cloud-based analytics hub where the data is analyzed to create the building’s unique operational water footprint.  Thereafter, the building is monitored 24/7; when unexpected water usage patterns are identified, actionable information is sent to the property manager. Installation is done without plumbers or electricians, and the system can be tied into existing shut off valves or other building management systems. The highlights of the products includes:

* Fast Leak Detection      * Protects property

* Real Time Monitoring    * Reduces water consumption

* Low Cost                     * Lower cost than incumbent solutions

* Easy Installation          * Non-invasive install

 

Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!

 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 19:31
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Happy New Year! Wind Turbine Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Fireworks Original D Merged 2016Welcome to the start of the new year! Alot happened in 2015 and 2016 looks to be a very important year in making or breaking it when it comes to attacking our CO2 problems.

 

enercon e126 turbineWe are going to start off this year quietly with a couple of interesting videos on the topic of wind turbines. We will take a look at what makes them tick and we will spend some time checking out the worlds largest wind turbine. Discussion on this and other topics will be welcomed. Please join us!

 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Jan. 07, 2016

8:00am - 9:30am

Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you sign up on our Meetup site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070 Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 January 2016 12:56
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