Greentech Income Generation Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Mednick   

Presented By Alex Mednick


In this workshop event, we will dive deeper into what our role can be in a company or project that is working on issues of concern. For practical purposes, we will concentrate our efforts on local water and energy efficiency. Using this as a starting point, we will focus on:


  • Which companies are in this market
  • Where are the gaps in technology, distribution, education, pricing, and promotion
  • What are possible funding sources
  • How can we provide a service or product to meet the market needs


Thursday Morning Meeting, May 28, 2015

8:00am - 9:30am

Free, no reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you registered 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, 24 May 2015 10:34
New Directions for U.S Water Policy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mei-Ling Shek   


A Roundtable & Video
Hosted by Mei_Ling Shek
Water is critical to America's social, economic, and ecological well-being. Yet, more than 70 percent of the western United States is in the grip of an ongoing drought that shows no signs of ending. The water crisis is as much an economic issue as an environmental one, and demands focused national attention. On Oct. 20, 2014, the Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted a forum “New Directions for U.S. Water Policy”, which highlights the challenges and opportunities for improving water management in the face of water scarcity. We shall focus on the recorded roundtable discussion “The Path to Water Innovation”, in which Buz Thompson of Stanford University presented the main findings of a white paper he co-authored. We shall have a short discussion after viewing the video.


Thursday Morning Meeting, May 14

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, 11 May 2015 21:18
Overview of Our Utilities and How They Relate to Sustainability PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Presented by

Tony Green


One of the miracles of the modern era is the reliability of the power grid. An understanding of how a utility operates will not only allow a better understanding of how the electricity we use daily is generated and transported to our homes and businesses, but will provide insight into how alternative technologies such as Smart Grids and Demand Response will change the way we think of power generation, transmission, and distribution. This presentation will be presented by Tony Green and will cover questions such as:

  • How does a utility transmit and distribute electricity?
  • How is the electric power generated?
  • What is Demand Response?
  • How is deregulation related to utility markets?
  • Who is the CAISO and what function does it perform?
  • What is a Smart Meter and how does it relate to the Smart Grid?
  • What is the Renewable Portfolio Standard?
  • What technologies will have the greatest impact going forward?


Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting.

Thursday Morning Meeting, May 07, 2015 8:00am - 9:45am

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 20:03
From Waste to Wealth using Green Chemistry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   
With significant amount of waste being created by an increasing population, it makes sense that we do something with that waste to offset our use of energy (carbon footprint) and chemicals. Today we will watch "From Waste to Wealth using Green Chemistry", a video lecture by James Clark, Professor of Green Chemistry at the University of York (UK). The lecture was published in February 2014. The video will be preceded by an introduction to the principles of green chemistry by Mei-Ling Shek.


Mei-Ling Shek has worked as consultant and as scientist in both academic and industrial startup settings (telecom optoelectronics & low-power solar concentrator).  She has a background in surface science, materials & optics, and hopes to contribute to LED lighting. Her favorite environmental organizations are the Union of Concerned Scientists and Natural Resources Defense Council. 


Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 15:47
Big Data Use Cases for Energy: Connected Cars - Driving Humankind Towards Greener Pastures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

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 Presented by Dj Das

The advent of motor vehicles ushered in a new wave of productivity for humankind. It created economics of scale never or known seen before. Unfortunately, it also silently started to hurt the very environment that we live in. Increasing carbon emissions around the world have created irrecoverable damage on Mother Earth. New inventions like the electric cars are slowly but steadily helping stop and in some cases, reverse the damage being done but still a lot more still needs to be done. 


We have to change and optimize the way we drive, lower the number of miles driven on a daily basis and adopt technologies to develop efficient least travel patterns, improve gas mileage, and predict breakdowns. The connected cars of today can help us achieve these goals – by the simple OBDII diagnostic outlet. Big Data technologies can help us take all these data and churn it into information that can be used by individuals and businesses alike.


This talk will showcase with a live demo of how today’s connected cars are driving humankind towards greener pastures. General aspects of Big Data and way and means by which it can be harnessed for various applications in the Energy domain will be covered.


Please join us for this special EcoGreen Group presentation event.


Attendance at this event is Free. However, we would appreciate attendees to sign up for the event at the Eventbrite site. Additional info and driving info is available at our Meetup site, as well as below.

For any questions, please direct your inquires to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .        REGISTER HERE


Tuesday Evening Meeting, June 09, 2015

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  -  Networking and Check In

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  -  Presentation & Demo with Q&A


Milpitas Library   - Auditorium 160 N Main St, Milpitas, CA 95035

Near the Calaveras Blvd. overpass, west side. Heading WEST take the Main St. offramp. Heading EAST go left on Abel, right on Weller. The Community Library is easy to reach by car or by the #66 VTA bus or the #217 AC Transit bus [Map].



Dj Das is a senior-level product & consulting services executive with global operations background. He founded Third Eye Consulting Services to deliver Big Data consulting services. He also runs a popular Bay area monthly meetup, Big Data Cloud. Prior to this, he held various business development and technical roles in companies like LG CNS America, Siebel Systems & Microsoft.






Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:33
Overview of Our Utilities and How They Relate to Sustainability PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

We are making available the presentation that Tony Green presented at the 05/07/15 meeting of the Ecogreen Group in Saratoga.


To access the presentation, click on the link to the right.  PRESENTATION



Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:56
Greentech Income Generation Workshop, Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex L. Mednick   

There are many income opportunities in the areas of green technology. This workshop will focus on how to generate income from a Green Tech Project. We will explore various ideas and perform some online research to investigate what it takes to implement a project. 


This workshop will continue with examining 1 or 2 Green Tech Projects in detail to identify:


1. What is the local Problem - scope, severity, factors, causes?

2. What are possible solutions?

3. Who is involved in the solutions - organizations, customers, partners, government bodies?

4. What funding is available?


Again, bring your laptops and any relevant news  articles, brochures, links, etc. and be ready to dive in deep.


Here is an article on the Water Project we discussed as an example, 

Let's Filter Seawater


Thursday Morning Meeting, April 30

8:15am - 9:45am

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).


Alex MednickAlex 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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