Building The Electron Economy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

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Presented by Robert Cormia - Foothill College

In Collaboration With the Ecogreen Group of Silicon Valley


Developments in energy technology are accelerating, from energy storage to building analytics to smart grid deployment.  Simultaneous reductions in cost for battery and electric vehicle technology, along with policy are pushing electric vehicle adoption.   "Building the Electron Economy" is an integrated path to decarbonizing our energy infrastructure, using a systems approach of eleven interconnected technologies. It's a plan and a path to achieve an environmentally and economically sustainable energy system, with achievable milestones.  Join Professor Robert Cormia to learn about how we can live very comfortably in a low carbon electric world.  How will "transactive energy", evolving utility business models, technology, and energy efficiency contribute to this new world?

Thursday March 12, 2015

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Check-in & Networking

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  Presentation and Q&A


This event is FREE but please pre-register at Eventbrite to reserve a seat. 


Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 23:02
Green Investments PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

On February 05, 2015, the EcoGreen Group facilitated the SVCTSS monthly event. This month's event focused on "Green" investing. A summary of the event, the speaker, and the available presentation are provided below. 

Earth Supported  


Our investment choices can have a broad impact socially and environmentally. Financial Advisor Toby  Cooper will explore the origins, development, and benefits of “socially responsible” (aka, sustainable, ethical, or green) investing, including a nod to 18th Century Quakers, Dr. Martin Luther King, and anti-war activists of the Vietnam war era. He will discuss how investors can achieve their financial goals while aligning their invested dollars with their inner values. He will demonstrate how sustainable investing has found its place in the mainstream investor landscape today. Finally, he will discuss how sustainable investment decisions will interface with “2015 Year-Ahead” investment forecasts from leading Wall Street analysts. Come join us for an interesting evening and explore how your investment choices can make a difference.


Click Here to Access the Presentation


 Toby Cooper
Toby Cooper is a Financial Advisor with a Fortune 100 financial institution. He is a leader in values-based investment strategies using environmental and sustainable investment models. He is experienced in a multitude of financial services including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, 401K and other retirement plans, variable annuities, life insurance, wealth management, trusts and estates, home financing, short and long term corporate cash. He earned a BS from the University of Michigan and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He is Chairman of the Sacramento-based Mountain Lion Foundation and is active in competitive sailing and equestrian sports. In 1968 he was a member of the US Olympic Kayak and Canoe Team at the Mexico City Olympics. 

Human Relations In The Workplace PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Lemons   

Eric Lemons  

Understanding the role of human relations in the workplace is critical to our personal success and to the long term success of
any business. This talk will provide some insight into how we can be more effective and  how businesses can improve by paying attention to human relations. Areas to be discussed will include: 




  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Dealing with Change
  • Continuous Learning
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Handling Conflict and Negotiation


The Magic of the Bioneers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   


Prior to 2012 I did not know of the Bioneers organization; didn’t even know they existed. I came across their website and signed up for their newsletter. After reading and pondering what they had to say, I convinced myself that this was a very interesting and meaningful organization and there was probably more than meets the eye. And was I ever right.


I signed up and attended their 25th Anniversary Bioneers Summit Conference. It was held near the civic center complex in San Rafael, California. It was a nice drive there and I leisurely stopped along the way taking lots of pictures.

The Story of the Cleantech Open PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Presented by

Kim Eva Van Keymeulen


clean tech open logoMany Bay Area entrepreneurs are taking on the challenges of global climate change. Each year some of the best local clean tech entrepreneurs look to the Cleantech Open to help them refine their business plans, sell their concept to investors and customers, and build a successful clean tech enterprise. The Cleantech Open has grown into a global accelerator for clean tech start-ups and is embarking on their 10th year. Kim Eva Van Keymeulen is the Major Metro Director for the Bay Area and the Sustainability Co-Chair for the Bay Area and the Western Region. Kim will tell us the inspiring Cleantech Open story.


Kim has also invited some Bay Area start-up alumni of the Cleantech Open to join her to talk about their businesses and their experience in the Cleantech Open. So far, Hobin Kim (with Seevider), Jinal Sampat (with Garden Pipe), and Robert Chang and Chaitanya Sharma (with Verdigris Technologies) have confirmed that they will join her for this presentation and discussion with the audience. Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting.


Thursday Morning, February 19, 2015
8:00 am - 9:45 am  
This Event is Free!
We encourage you to please register on the EGG Meetup Site.



Saratoga Federated Church
Hall (Faces corner of Oak Place
and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd)
20390 Park
Place, Saratoga Ca. 
(Map to this location)


Last Updated on Saturday, 14 February 2015 19:35
Meet the Bioneers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Bioneers Logo

We are fortunate to live in a geographical area full of opportunites to engage with people and organizations involved with "helping the earth". The Bioneers is one such organization. For some reason, this organization has gone unnoticed by too many people. This discussion will provide some informative and interesting background on this great organization. Your take aways will be an understanding of the philosophy, programs, people, events, and future plans of the Bioneers. Please join us for this interesting session.  

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 January 2015 20:34
Free / Low Cost Learning Resources PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mei-Ling Shek   

We have available at our fingertips numerous free or very low cost cleantech educational resources to take advantage of. In this presentation, Mei-Ling covers a sampling of recommended sources. The presentation highlights the following resosurces:


  • Online resources
  • Educational institutions
  • Individual company resources
  • Utilities


Mei-Ling Shek has worked as a consultant and scientist in both academic and industrial startup settings (telecom optoelectronics & low-power solar concentrators). She has a background in surface science, and materials & optics. While looking for ways to make technical contributions in the field of LED lighting, she spends time learning about the many facets of sustainability and apply what she has learned to preserve our environment. Her favorite environmental organization are the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council. 


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