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2018 Cleantech Open Acceleration Program On Its Way!

Promotion Of An Event Sponsored By The Cleantech Open

2018 Recruitment TwitterCleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator, providing entrepreneurs and corporate innovators the resources they need to launch and grow successful cleantech businesses. Our one-of-a-kind innovation ecosystem built over the last 10 years of programming spans key cleantech innovation hubs in the U.S., linking labs and universities, service providers, investors, corporations, governments, and other cleantech incubators and accelerators. Through our annual accelerator, we provide between 100-150 companies in the U.S. a rich program of customer discovery, extensive mentoring, training, investor meetings, startup-corporate matching, and showcasing at both the regional and national levels. Since 2005, more than 70% of our reporting U.S. alumni companies are still operating and have collectively raised over $1.2B in external funding. Join this exciting community and be a part of our global network of innovation. 

>>>  The application deadline for the 2018 Cleantech Open acceleration program is on May 1.

>>>   Interested startup, find out more by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About The Cleantech Open

Cleantech Open is the world's largest and oldest accelerator for early-stage cleantech startups. In the US, we are a network of over 1,500 pro bono professionals who support scientists, engineers and other aspiring entrepreneurs as they move their clean technology innovations to the marketplace. Modeled on MIT's Ignite Clean Energy competition, the California Cleantech Open has evolved over the last 13 years into a National and Global program. Now a program of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, Cleantech Open works to accelerate early-stage cleantech startups in 6 Regions across the US.   In partnership with the World Bank and the United Nations, we run our  Global Cleantech Innovation Programme  (GCIP) in 6 emerging market countries outside the US.  In addition, we hold an annual  Global Ideas  competition for cleantech startups in developed market countries in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week.  To date, Global Ideas has been active in over 30 developed countries.
Ian Foraker
Western Region Director

Comments On Intersolar North America 2017 & Interesting Videos

A Presentation & Discussion By Rod Kirk

intersolar 2017 pic 1Another summer, another Intersolar North America Conference in San Francisco. If you did not go to this show this year, yes, you will be happy to know that Freiburg Green City was again the sponsor on the give away conference bags. It was a good conference; one of the best to mingle with people involved with solar and energy related products. I will go over my thoughts on this years conference, provide some show and tell goodies, and invite anybody else who attended the conference to tell their stories also.

We will finish the meeting up with viewing  some very interesting videos that I have found related to energy and sustainability.

Join us for a fun filled and interesting EGG meeting!

Fifth Annual West Valley College Earth Stewardship Symposium

A Green Event Occuring April 20-21, 2017 at West Valley College


The West Valley College sustainability Committee is hosting the 5th Annual Earth Stewardship Symposium. This year’s theme is the oceans of the world and the topics covered include the effects of plastics and pollution, aquaculture and fisheries, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves. The two-day event begins Thursday, April 20 at 3 p.m. and continues on Friday, April 21, starting at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center Baltic Room.

The symposium is produced by the WVC Sustainability Committee and sponsored by a grant from the West Valley-Mission Community College District Land Corporation.
The event is free to the public with free parking in parking lot 5. For more information, please visit or call 408.741.2011.

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The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking in Lot 5.
If you have any questions, please contact Brenda B. Rogers, Tel. (408) 741-2011.


BIOS Of The Presenters

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang collaborate in an ongoing project to collect plastic that is washing ashore on Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Since 1999 they have focused their attention on just 1000 meters of tide line on a single beach. Their artwork has been featured in over 70 exhibitions in galleries and museums; educational and science centers including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Windows, the United Nations World Environment Day, the Cummings Gallery at Stanford University, and the University of San Francisco. Their work was recently exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences, Sausalito's Marine Mammal Center, The Oakland Museum, Hong Kong's Ocean Film Festival. Their artwork is widely collected nationally and internationally and has been on display at the US Embassy in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Cavallo Point Lodge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area has fine art prints of their work in each of its 155 rooms. The California Coastal Commission commissioned advertising images seen in posters and on placards and bus signage. They were cited as co-authors in a report from the University of Tokyo about concentrations of pollutants in plastic pellets published in the 2009 Marine Pollution Bulletin. TV segments have included appearances on the PBS Newshour, The Travel Channel, Wowow Tokyo and The Today Show. 10 short videos have been produced highlighting their artwork. In talks on the project they have appeared at the Newseum in Washington, DC, The Dallas Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Oakland Museum, Oxbow School in Napa, CA, and California College of the Arts in SF. Their project has been supported by the Feigenbaum Nii Foundation, the Arts and Healing Network and the Open Circle Foundation.
Dr. Halley E. Froehlich is a Postdoctoral Scholar for the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, involved with the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group evaluating sustainable open-ocean aquaculture around the globe. Halley received her Ph.D. in 2015 from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington and B.Sc. in Animal Biology in 2009 from the University of California, Davis. Halley is also a proud graduate and transfer student from West Valley College. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, she took an interdisciplinary approach studying the effects of human and natural-based low oxygen disturbances (i.e., hypoxia) on marine species and fisheries. A key facet of Dr. Froehlich’s graduate and postdoctoral research is linking important ecological questions with conservation and management objectives.

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Scientific American, Dwell Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. His book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was released in the United States and UK in June 2014.

nestor picDEEP was a BBC Book of the Week, a Finalist for the PEN American Center Best Sports Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, BuzzFeed 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2014, ArtForum Top 10 Book of 2014, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, Scientific American Recommended Read, Christian Science Monitor Editor’s Pick, and more. The book follows clans of extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean's depths and uncover weird and wondrous new discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves. DEEP has been translated into German, Chinese, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and more. The audiobook, read by Nestor, was released by Audible in June 2016.

Nestor has appeared on more than 40 national radio and television shows ― including ABC’s Nightline, CBS Morning News, and dozens of NPR programs.

On April 16, 2016, The New York Times and Sundance Institute debuted “The Click Effect,” a Virtual Reality short documentary by Nestor and Sandy Smolan. The film, based on a chapter in DEEP, was the first VR short film shot in live action underwater with freediving. “The Click Effect” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at Tribeca Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, and more.

Nestor's longform piece for the boutique electronic publishing house, The Atavist, was released in December 2012. The story, Half Safe: A Story of Love, Obsession, and History's Most Insane Around-the-world Adventure documents Ben Carlin's arduous decade-long, around-the-world journey on land and by sea in the same vehicle.

An inveterate adventurer, Nestor joined a doomed surfing expedition to Norway and Russia for Outside Magazine in 2009, in which he and his team became the first to ride the breaks of the Arctic Circle. He has travelled extensively in Central America and the South Pacific, and lived for a short time with Vanuatuan yam farmers who worshipped the US Army. At home in San Francisco, Nestor lives in a house he rebuilt himself, runs his 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300D on used cooking oil, and occasionally risks his life picking up laundry in his Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar, the first-ever American-made production electric vehicle, which is for sale.

Stiv Wilson brings over a decade of experience in grassroots advocacy, systems innovation, and campaign strategy to The Story of Stuff Project. His role at The Story of Stuff  Project is to design, stiv wilson picexecute, and lead community-sourced campaigns to measurable conservation victories. Stiv is a waste and plastic pollution expert who frequently asked to speak on Solutions to the vexing inefficiencies in the materials economy all over the world. He’s created and led several campaigns to victory: from plastic bags bans, to plastic microbeads, to plastic water bottles at the state, national and international level. He’s sailed over 35,000 nautical miles to four of the five oceanic ‘garbage patches,’ documenting and communicating maritime plastic pollution firsthand. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Data Connectors Technology Security Conference

Information About the Data Connectors Technology Security Conference

data connectors logo 1blue karma security logoJoin other data security conscious companies, organizations, and individuals at the Decemeber 8, 2017 conference in San Francisco dedicated to information, cloud, cyber, and network security. Blue Karma Security company will be present at this conference.

For more information, contact the conference host at Data Connectors Website.




2017 Holiday Maker's Faire Coming Soon!

Information About An Upcoming Maker's Faire

Makers Fair 121716Add some enchantment and curiosity into your holiday activities by attending the 2017 Holiday Maker's Faire hosted by the Middlebrook Center. You will find all types of things to do and see. There will be demonstrations, workshops, live music, networking, many interesting activities for the children, pizza and other types of foods, and more! See the brochure for times, costs, and other details.

If you need additional information, contact the organizer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



VERGE Conference Viewing & Discussion

verge logo 2Taking place this week at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose (Oct 26 - 29), is the VERGE Conference. Today we will focus on the conference. VERGE is GreenBiz Group's global event series that focuses on technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions in a climate constrained world. VERGE fosters collaboration of companies, utilities, municipalities, and technology innovators to create opportunities for business, society, and the environment. The speakers at this years conference represent the cream of the crop from across technology, science, utilities, social movers, and more.
We have signed up for the viewing the program virtually and will view some of the program during todays session. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to listen to the creation of possible solutions to important issues.  

Thursday Morning Meeting, Oct. 29, 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).

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