Industrialized Fog Water Harvesting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tatiana Estevez Carlucci   

tatiana linked in picOur November 19th meeting will provide insite into an industrialized methodology and technology for passive catchment and storage of fog as a new water source for residential and industrial use. As rain water is considered vertical precipitation harvesting, fog water is considered horizontal precipitation harvesting and can collect up to three times more water than rain without disrupting other ecosystems in areas where the requirements for fog water harvesting are met. Tatiana Estevez Carlucci will take us on a journey to explore a fascinating new technology which is being realized through her company, Permalution. Join us for this exciting look at a technology that can provide a new water source and help address some drought issues.


Thursday Morning Meeting, Nov. 19, 2015

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).


About the Presenter

Tatiana Estevez Carlucci is the CEO and Founder of Permalution (www.permalution.org). She has a diverse background in the arts, business, and the Canadian government. She graduated from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa with a degree in Business Administration. She competed in the 2015 Cleantech Open representing her company and ideas.


California Clean Initiative PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cheriel Jensen   

Cheriel Jensent picThe statewide initiative we are planning will prohibit the most common mind-damaging, cancer -causing, birth defect-causing chemicals in our bodies, food, water, soil, air, and creatures of the environment.

It will prohibit aircraft and truck mounted pesticide foggings and the significant off-site drift they cause. Remember the medfly Malathion aircraft spraying in this valley in 1980-82? Remember the Monterey-Santa Cruz plastic-bead-encased pesticide from aircraft fogging using the Light Brown Apple Moth "emergency" excuse?  And remember the last 10 years of repeated summer pesticide fogging in Santa Clara County claiming a West Nile emergency? When we discovered that the first pesticide they used Pyrenone 25-5 contained cancer-causing piperonyl butoxide they switched to the even more toxic Zenivex E4.  The Department of Agriculture is planning on endless toxic dousing for whatever new emergency they concoct.  They have finalized their so-called Environmental Impact Report.  So we must do an initiative now to stop this repeated poisoning.

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.


Natural Desalination PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

A Presentation by Joseph Rizzi


Natural desalination is one of five proposed solutions to combat California's water shortage. This method provides endless 100% nature driven desalination at about $20 an acre foot operating cost. It is powered by natural osmotic pressure for reverse osmosis, then gravity conveyance back to shore, where wave power lifts the fresh clean water to the surface and up a nearby hill to again use gravity conveyance for use. All processes have been tested for zero CO2, zero brine and zero entrainment of aquatic life. Please join us for this special EGG sponsored presentation. 


Download Presentation Here


About the Speaker

Joseph Rizzi is an inventor, member of the Benicia Makerspace, and Benicia resident since 1998. He was born in Southern California and grew up and schooled on the coast of Oregon. Joseph worked for 23 years at Chevron in accounting and IT while completing a Business Analyst certification. He automated a P&R Trucking operation and moved it from Oakland to Benicia. He is currently working on 5 solutions to end water shortages in California forever.


Water Use in Architecture and Community Development PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex L. Mednick   



rinaldo vesileza pictureClean, fresh water is an essential resource that has been dwindling at an alarming rate over the past few years. The importance of conserving and recycling water will be the topic for this event. In particular, examples of sound practices in architectural design will be described that have implications on Silicon Valley and all of California in this severe "drought state" and state of mind. Please come join us for this fascinating talk with real world examples of what cities and businesses can do and are doing with proper planning, design, and communication. 



Introduction to GIS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Mednick   

Alex MednickThe presentation will be a look into Geographic Information Systems (GIS). We will cover various powerful tools that are used for spatial data gathering, viewing and analysis. These tools are now commonly used by utilities, cities, governmental agencies, and businesses. Application of GIS for land use planning, health, and resource usage will be investigated. 


  • What is GIS?
  • Who uses this technology?
  • What local organizations exist to promote the expansion and usage of GIS?
  • What are some of the GIS tools available?
  • Examples of GIS usage.
  • What job opportunities exist locally?


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


Presentation Slides Available Here