It's time to get your hands dirty and start tending to your garden. The rains are almost done for the season. It's time to plant, re-pot, plant seeds, plant seedlings, and do all the other tasks needed to get your garden going. In the April 20, 2017 EGG meeting, I will go over several interesting topics and demos to help make you successful. One of the topics will be "air pruning". This will be an open session and everybody is welcome to talk about their little garden secrets. Please join us! Read More
Fukushima: Five Years Later
It has been five years since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan. There has been a lot of activity occurring to attempt to clean up the site, and make the surrounding areas habitable. Many studies are taking place to monitor and understand the radiation side effects on the habitat both on the land and in the ocean. What is the status of the situation? What have we learned? What is the prognosis? Join us on April 13, 2017 in Saratoga for an interesting session with Mei-Ling Shek. She will address these and many other questions and issues. A video and discussion is planned. Read More
Introduction To The Santa Clara County Green Business Program
Do you have a business that is begging to become more environmentally friendly? Do you want to do your part in creating a business environment that supports reducing the carbon footprint of your day to day activities? And would you like to do this with a benefit to your bottom line? Come to the EcoGreen Group's April 6, 2017 meeting in Saratoga and find out how to accomplish all of this. Nicole Nguyen and Lisa Rose, facilitators of the Santa Clara County Green Business Program, will show you how it's done and answer all your questions. Please join us for this interesting and informative presentation. Read More
Idle Threat: A look At One Man’s Struggle To Improve Public Health
Automobiles and idling? There is something going on there. Join us at our March 30, 2017 EcoGreen Group meeting and Tony Green will present to us some facts, stories, and interesting comments on issues and strategies surrounding automobile idling. An interesting video will be viewed and discussion will be a part of the event. Read More
From the garden to the global landscape, improving soil health with the addition of carbon provides many benefits from carbon sequestration to water and food security. In this presentation, Elizabeth will explore such areas as:
How is carbon added to soil?
What might our future look like with the move toward healthy soils?
Who is in this growing network?
Where are opportunities?
Learn how soil carbon can help keep more water in the land, produce better crop yields, increase profits for land managers, and mitigate climate change. Please join us for this exciting EGG presentation!
Natural gas production is at an all-time high which has led to the lowest gas prices in a generation. Many suspect the United States will eventually be the world’s largest exporter of natural gas. The process of hydraulic fracturing has been one of the primary reasons for the abundant supply of natural gas.
Of all of the water in world, only 3.5% is freshwater suitable for drinking, and less than .001% is available throughout the planets’ rivers, lakes, and streams. As populations rise, and the effect of global climate are felt, surface temperatures will rise and water will become scarcer. The United Nations has stated that conflicts between rival countries could arise over access to water supplies. As water shortages become increasingly urgent, countries may resort to violence to quench their thirsts.
Six months into 2016 and a lot has happened. Today we will hold our "Mid Year Review" where we take a look at what we have accomplished and revisit all the great EcoGreen events that took place. We will round out the first part of the morning by talking about some of the things we would like to accomplish in the next six months. This is an opportunity for all members to participate and determine a direction for EGG activities and focus.
Oh yes, please bring some morning goodies to share. Bring your favorites to share with the other attendees and enjoy some fun time and interaction with some great people.
On the road to lowering our carbon footprint, we are witnessing many new organizations and efforts that are helping us on this journey. One such organization is Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE). This recently formed organization has participating jurisdictions from Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and the unincorporated parts of Santa Clara County. These communities have formed a Joint Powers Agency called the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority which is a non-profit public agency that will oversee a Community Choice Energy (CCE) Program.
Misty Mersich and Jenna Behrendt will be presenting all the ins and outs of this new venture as well as anwering questions from our attendees. They will cover, among other things, the following:
What is Community Choice Energy?
What are the benefits for my Community?
Overview of Progress to date and Next Steps
How to Get Involved
So if you want to learn to put your money where the green is, check out this event and get started!
Do you have something that you love but it no longer works or is damaged and wish you could repair it?
How do we fix broken things we use and love in our "disposable" world? Where can go to figure out if something is worth repairing?
Our dumps are filling up with stuff we throw away because we no longer choose to fix things—we buy new things, which frequently aren't as well made.
The fixer movement with event-based repair, such as Repair Cafe and Fixit-Clinic, offer a solution to help divert valuable resources from landfill. These organizations are re-introducing a fixer-mentality and a curiosity of how things work, and how they can be fixed. Find out more about this movement and how you can be a part of it!
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is responsible for securing, managing and delivering a safe and reliable water supply to the region. Searching for sustainable local water supply sources that match the right quality with the right use is part of that responsibility. The Santa Clara valley needs additional supplies, and highly purified recycled water is our new, locally developed and reliable water supply. The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, the largest plant of its kind in northern California, is the focal point of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s recycled water expansion.
The $72 million state-of-the-art facility receives secondary-treated effluent from the neighboring San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility and purifies it to a very high quality using proven purification processes—microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet disinfection.
Contact us to help you save water, get design inspiration for your garden, or connect with a landscaper. We are here to help you get the water efficient garden you have always wanted and need! Read More
Learn about a great product that provides for more efficient usage of water in the landscape. The Water Saver product is now available at Home Depot. Click on the title link above to learn more about the product and where to get it! Read More
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