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.

Thursday Morning Meeting, April 23, 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).


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 Thursday, 16 April 2015 09:52
Funding Cleantech PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Mednick   

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Venture Summit/West 2015 took place in Mountain View, California during February of this year. This article provides some informative insite and take aways from this conference. Join me on a discoverey of what's happening in startups and funding in areas that will become a part of our lives in the near future.


Click Here to Download the Article


AlexMednickAlex 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 EcoGreenGroup 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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:19
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   

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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
The Internet of Things: A System That Pays You to Reduce Your Electricity Use PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

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The speaker will present a primer on smart grid demand-response and a demo of Ohmconnect.  OhmConnect is a Demand/Response web-based application that allows many people to pool their response to fluctuations in demand on the grid.  OhmConnect sells "load reductions" to the Independent System Operator by having consumers of power reduce their demand at certain times when power is expensive to produce.  Some of this is automated – Internet-connected devices in the home can be directly controlled to reduce demand.  Some is manual: a Text message or email to users prompts them to turn off some load – defer laundry, turn off lights, etc.  Participants are paid for their contribution to the aggregate reduction that can be sold to the grid, as measured by their smartmeter vs. historical use pattern.


Thursday Morning Meeting, April 9, 2015
8:15am - 9:45am
Free, No reservations required, but it would
be appreciated if you sign up on our Meetup site.


Last Updated on Saturday, 04 April 2015 19:48
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. 

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