Through the Green Door Marketing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beverly Turner   


We will put together a million dollar industry, selling appropriate green products to a range of industries. We will identify the specific industry needs, the type of products that are available, and develop an inexpensive, targeted business plan.


Thursday Morning Meeting, April 17

8:00am - 9:30am

Free, No reservations required.

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).


Beverly Turner is in Internet Marketing in the Food and Beverages Industry.


Energy from Waste Water PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Lemons   


  • Growing aquatic ecosystem Dead Zones
  • Effective reduction costly and consumes energy
  • New wastewater treatment, CANDO, recovers energy from nitrogen waste


YanivSchersonNitrogen pollution is a major environmental threat that depletes oxygen in aquatic ecosystems that leads to "dead zones". The number of "dead zones" worldwide has nearly doubled every decade since 1960, many are so big they can be seen from space. Wastewater treatment facilities are facing increasing pressure to reduce nitrogen discharge, yet manage rising energy costs. The conventional method for reducing nitrogen is effective but imposes major costs and consumes energy. Yaniv will present a new wastewater treatment process that removes and recovers energy from nitrogen waste - something that has not been done before.


Yaniv Scherson is currently a Postdoctural Scholar at Stanford University and CEO of NGen Corporation - a start-up aimed at commercializing a new wastewater treatment process, called CANDO, that removes and recovers energy from nitrogen. Yaniv obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he developed CANDO, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from UC Berkeley. Yaniv grew up in Southern California, and today lives in Northern California with his wife and baby boy. In the little free time he does have, Yaniv loves to scuba dive, surf, train jiu-jitsu, and mountain bike.


Starting a Green Business - A Labor of Love PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Kemp   

President and Principal Energy Consultant,
Simple Home Energy


  • The qualitative case for starting your own business
  • Synopsis (highs and lows) of the journey
  • Key learnings from experience
  • Significant resources at your disposal


JohnKempJohn Kemp founded Simple Home Energy two years ago, after a successful career in mobile and wireless technology Product Management. His mission is to help home and business owners reduce energy consumption, costs and associated carbon footprint. John's Product Management and Marketing experience has helped him define his business, products and services that represent real solutions to challenges that business and home owners face. His focus on customer value and experience enable his business to stand out in the crowd.


Starting a Green Business-A Labor of Love (pdf)


Sustainable Mobility: Hybrid and Electric Vehicles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Fred Barez   


Dr. Fred Barez presents an overview of the history and the motivation resulting in the development and need for sustainable mobility including alternative fuel vehicle technologies. He discusses the current state of such vehicle manufacturing, the opportunities and challenges.
The Joys of Driving an Electric Car PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug McKenzie   

There are obvious environmental benefits of electric cars, such as reducing reliance on imported oil. There are also many not-so-obvious benefits to owning and driving an EV. This talk will compare environmental, economic and experiential benefits of owning and driving an electric car versus a gasoline-powered car.  Slides here


Doug took early retirement from Hewlett-Packard in 2005 after nearly 20 years as a people, project and program manager in customer service and in software development. Prior to HP, he was a salesperson, a newsletter editor, a home remodeling contractor and a property manager. Since departing HP, he has become a career coach as well as an educator and consultant in the solar power industry. He became a Nissan Leaf owner in April 2013.


SolarCity: Better Energy to Power a Better Way of Life PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth Guimarin   



Presented by
Brian Bostwick Smith

Field Energy Consultant, SolarCity


Better technology and a sustainable business model is powering a growing movement to cleaner more affordable energy from the sun. It's better for the planet, better for your pocketbook, and better for your energy-focused lifestyle.




SolarCity is the leading solar company across the nation, serving thousands of people in 14 states. Satisfied customers include individual home owners, to large corporations and governments. SolarCity has the strength of a national company and the assurance of a local resource.




IEEE 1588 - Precision Time Protocol on the Smart Grid PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   


Behind every advancement in the areas of renewable energy and energy management, are some underlying technologies which help make those advancements possible. The IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol is one of those underlying technologies which is helping to make the Smart Grid a reality. This presentation will provide an overview of this technology and some of its uses in the Smart Grid.


Rod_KirkRod Kirk, a San Francisco Bay area native, has held various Electrical Engineering positions in numerous companies in the areas of data storage, networks, and motion control. He has a degree from San Jose State University and an Energy Management certificate from De Anza College. Rod is currently providing Technical Writing services for emerging companies.


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