Various members of the EcoGreen group are taking a break this week and will be on a field trip to a location to learn and witness sustainability ideas in progress. There will be no EGG meeting at the Federated Church in Saratoga on May, 2017. We will resume our scheduled activities on June 1, 2017. See you then!
Thursday Morning "Free For All"
Today's meeting will be an opportunity for members and visitors to bring to our attention any interesting sustainability happenings that they have uncovered. There are alot of sustainability efforts going on out there and by having everybody's eyes and ears investigating we can become aware of some really incredible things that people are doing. I will be bringing to the meeting some of my findings and sharing it with the group. Bring some new sustainability things and help advance our effort! Please join us! Read More
Introduction To The Tesla Inc. Powerwall
The Powerwall is a Tesla Inc. product that provides Lithium battery energy storage for homes. Unused solar generated energy can be stored for later use after the sun sets. It is also used for time of use load shifting, backup power, and as an off grid energy source. For our May 11, 2017 meeting, Mike Mueller from Tesla inc. will give us a close look at this product and go over details of its usage. Please join us at this informative meeting and join the discussion and learn more about this product.
Review & Discussion Of The Zanker Recycling Center Tour For EGG On April 27, 2017
You may have heard about the field trip that EGG members went on April 27, 2017. We toured the Zanker Recycling Center. If you missed the tour, be sure to attend our May 4, 2017 EGG meeting to see pictures of the facility and to take part in a discussion about what we saw. Mwi-Ling Shek, the host, will also be talking about Anaerobic Digestion which takes place at Zero Waste which is next door to the Zanker Recycling Center. This event will be well worth your time! Read More
Solar City’s mission is to make clean renewable energy accessible to those who need it most and reduce the world’s dependence on finite, polluting power sources. Solar City’s GivePower foundation is committed to extending the environmental and social benefits of clean renewable energy across the world. Solar systems have been installed in some of the economically poorest countries in the world, including Nicaragua, Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal and Senegal. Hear more about how panels provided by the GivePower foundation has showcased the benefits of renewable energy.
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Nature sustains us with food, water, raw materials, and medicine. But, it is easy to overlook the complex, direct, and indirect ecosystem services that are essential to us, particularly in an urban environment. Gretchen Daily, professor at Stanford University, believes that in the near future, all planning of urban development and land use needs to take into consideration the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services. As one of the world´s foremost experts on valuation of natural capital, she is convinced that the only way to create long-term welfare is to quantify the value of ecosystems. We shall view and discuss the videos “Ecosystem Services”, “Environmental Value Systems”, and “Inspiration: Why we need to put a price tag on natural capital and ecosystem services”.
For many people, the propositions on the voting ballet are very confusing. The advertisements for each proposition can leave us voters in a state of distrust about our political system. Many people end up not voting at all or voting "no" on the propositions that are confusing. If you feel the same way, then our next EGG meeting is one you should attend!
Not only are we going to decipher the propositions, but we are going to take a stab at figuring out which ones support a green way of life and which ones don't. Hopefully, you will come away with a good understanding of the propositions and be able to make an intelligent decision when you vote.
Join us for this seasonal EGG meeting become smarter!
There are many small actions you can take to have an impact on the environment. The perception is the steps required to be more green are expensive and involve a great deal of effort. Furthermore, some believe understanding the science behind the actions aides people with implementing these practices into their daily lives. Hear more about the some of the science involved in impacting the environment. I will cover questions such as:
- The five small actions you can take to have a huge impact on the environment. - Why being “Green” does not have to be expensive or time consuming. - How understanding the science can provide clarity on what it takes to be more green. - How the science can help you make more informed lifestyle choices.
Come join us for this special Eco Green Group meeting!
Several months ago, Jon Saunders introduced us to BioChar. He brought to the meeting his own creation to create BioChar. In this meetin, Jon will update us on his attempt to improve the characteristics of the unit he built. As you can see from the picture, list latest installation is a much larger version.
Please join us for this exciting meeting where we will learn all about his latest creation!
A Presentation, Discussion, and Video Viewing by Rod Kirk
The world is being challenged with trying to feed its growing population while witnessing global warming, not enough fresh water to go around, and increased desert lands. Many people are working on solutions to this problem. One promising solution that is being used around the world is desert salt water farming. Our normal fresh water crops have low tolerance to salt water and will not produce well in the presence of saline. Halophytes are one class of plants that contain edible varieties that flourish in the presence of saltwater. This is an exciting area and seems to be one method that will at least help put a dent in food shortage.
In todays session, we will go over some of the ideas and science behind saltwater farming, review some of the leading organizations and supporters of this science, and view some related videos which tell the story of the effort to turn desert lands into food bearing landscapes.
Please join us for this exciting adventure into our future!
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