Opportunities for Sustainability in Commercial Buildings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony Green   

TonyGreenCommercial buildings include buildings greater than 1,000 square feet which devote more than half of their floor space to activities which are neither residential, manufacturing, industrial, nor agricultural.


This includes stores, office buildings, schools, churches, gymnasiums, libraries, museums, hospitals, clinics, warehouses, and malls. The design, construction, operation of commercial buildings impact natural resources, environmental quality, worker productivity, and community well-being.


Approximately 9 percent of the total water use is consumed by commercial and institutional facilities in the United States and up to 17% of publicly-supplied water use. Three applications: sanitary (e.g., toilets, sinks), landscaping, and heating/cooling account for 88% of commercial building water use.


Hear about the opportunities for commercial buildings to do their part in conserving our water in this time of unpreceded drought.


I will cover questions such as:

  • What are commercial buildings and does how water usage differ by type?

  • What are the typical water and energy usage in commercial buildings?

  • Where can water savings be obtained in commercial buildings?

  • Where is the nexus between water and energy in commercial buildings?


Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!


Thursday Morning Meeting, October 15

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).


Tony Green enjoys using his technical background to help people solve problems in fascinating

applications which he hopes will make the world a better place in the long run. His career has

included roles in application/project engineering and sales/marketing in the alternative energy,

environmental, and utility industries.


Tony works as an Water Treatment Sales Engineer for sustainability focused water treatment

company who works with Commercial and Industrial Clients to reduce their water consumption,

optimize their energy usage all while being sustainable.


Developing Sustainable Pathways to Fuels and Chemicals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Tom Jaramilo   

Video & Discussion


Nearly all the fuels and chemicals produced and consumed today are derived from fossil resources. This talk will describe recent efforts to develop new, renewable pathways to produce the same kinds of fuels and chemicals that our society relies on, though in a sustainable manner. In particular, the talk will focus on two areas of sustainable technology: (1) Solar-based processes for the renewable production of H2 from water, and (2) CO2 conversion to produce carbon-based fuels and chemicals. Keys to improving these technologies for widespread commercialization involve the development of higher performance semiconductors, interfaces, and catalyst materials for high efficiency, stability, and selectivity for targeted products. This talk will describe challenges in the field and the means to address them through Prof. Jaramilo’s research efforts to engineer improved materials and devices.


Thursday Morning Meeting, October 8

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).




A Revolutionary New Battery for Grid Energy Storage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

A Video Featuring Dr. Donald Sadoway


donald sadoway pictureOne of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, describes the development of a new revolutionary, cost effective, and very durable grid storage liquid metal battery which will revolutionize the electric grid and solve energy storage problems for renewable energy such as solar and wind energy. The presentation in this video was made at the February 18, 2015 MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas program in Houston. Please join us for this interesting viewing. 





Frugal Innovation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

 A Video by Navi Radjou 


Today's meeting will include the showing of a video created by Navi Radjou called "Frugal Innovation: How to do More With Less". In this interesting video, Navi discusses innovations which allow progress to be made without throwing massive amounts of money and resources to solve the problems. He will cover some examples which include cleantech and greeen opportunities.

Please join us for this interesting EcoGreen Group session.



Renovo: American EV Supercar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Novak   

Special Announcement


EV Meetup - Multi-Club Event



Matt Brunner is the featured speaker. He is an automotive Engineer, Designer & Craftsman at Renovo. Matt graduated from UC Davis & RWTH Aachen University in Germany.


CAR:  The Renovo Coupe has 500 HP, a 30 minute fast charge, 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, and 1000 ft-lbs torque from a dead stop, with a modest curb weight of 3250 lbs.


COMPANY:  Renovo was founded in 2010 in Campbell, CA. with a mission to build the world’s most exciting vehicles. The Coupe production prototype was unveiled at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concoures d’Elegance.


Saturday, Oct. 10th, 2015

8:30-9:00 am …… Check-in, Networking & Pastries & Coffee

9:00-9:30am…….. Announcements & Introductions

9:30 -11:00am ….. Presentation, Q&A by RENOVO, Door Prizes



1 Blair Island, Redwood City, CA





Rechargable Battery Technology Overview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bert McMahon   

Bert M PhotoRechargable batteries are used in many places as the power supply of choice. In this presentation Bert McMahon will provide an overview of the technology behind rechargeable batteries as well as examples of how they are being used today. Rechargeable battery issues and opportunities will also be discussed. Please join us for this interesting presentation.  

Some key areas to be discussed are:


  • What is a battery?
  • How does a rechargeable battery work?
  • What are the parts in a battery?
  • How is the Tesla battery configured?
  • How is the Nissan Leaf battery configured?
  • Overview of the Battery Management System
Powershift and Funding Clean Tech with Frugal Innovation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Mednick   

Alex MednickAlex will set the stage for his presentation by showing a short but very moving video that was created ten years ago during a World Environment Day called Powershift. Following the video, he will lead a discussion on the funding available to clean tech startup companies including the Frugal Innovation concept that was introduced in the last EGG meeting as well as presented live recently at PARC. Please join us for this interesting session.




Presentation is Available Here



About the Presenter

Alex 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.


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