Looks like we are in the "dog days of summer". It's warm out, people are having barbecues, swimming, camping, and all those other fun things. We will keep it low key this week and show some videos, catch up on any sustainability events and news, and talk about things of interest. Maybe even do show n' tell. What is the cleanest, greenest way to barbecue?
Come join the fun and mingle with like minded green folks. Read More
smappee - Your Energy Buddy!
Need help figuring out how to make intelligent energy usage decisions in your home or business? Do you want some insite into how energy is being used at your location? In our August 10, 2017 EGG meeting, Jean-Claude Junqua will address these issues and more as he dives deeply into the innovative Smappee product. Join us and come up to speed on this new innovative technology. Read More
Comments On Intersolar North America 2017 & Interesting Videos
Did you miss the 2017 intersolar North America Conference in San Francisco last month and want to hear something about it? Did you attend the conference and you have some things you would like to say about it? Great! Come to our August 3, 2017 EGG meeting because we are going to be talking about the conference. In addition, we have some very interesting videos that we will be showing. Show up, have fun, learn a lot! Read More
You Can Help Restore Santa Clara Valley (and California) Native Eco Systems
If you have living around the Santa Clara Valley during the last four decades you most certainly have images of what the valley looked like back then. Orchards and open lands have been replaced by streets and buildings. Our native environment in the valley has been decimated. OK, don't despair too much. There is a movement on to bring some of that native environment back. Join us at our July 27, 2017 EGG meeting and learn all about this movement from Debra Kiefel who will fill us in on where we have been and where we are going and what is in it for us! Read More
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.
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.
Today we will be live streaming the activity taking place in the 7th annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7). The goal of this Ministerial is to create positive sustainable actions that are real-world and make a difference. The core attendees are global energy policymakers, clean energy experts, and visionaries from investment and business areas. This meeting will be the first CEM meeting to occur after the COP21 climate change talks that took place in Paris in 2015. Many countries will be participating. A short list of some of the presenters includes:
Ernst Monitz - US Secretary of Energy
Jerry Brown - Governor of California
Lisa Jackson - VP Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives, Apple Computer
Steven Chu - Former US Energy Secretary
John Woolard - VP of Energy, Google
Janet Napolitano - President, University of California
Mark Kenber - CEO, The Climate Group
For a complete list, please visit the Greenbiz event website. Greenbiz is the official livestream partner for this conference.
Please join us for the first 1 1/2 hours of streaming of the event which coincides with our EGG meeting. We encourage you to register so you will be able to access the event after our meeting is over.
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!
Charcoal, intended for use in agriculture as a way of sequestering carbon and improving soil fertility, has been gaining in popularity. We will look at it properties and production then survey its use in soil and finally, address some outstanding questions regarding its economic viability and scalability.
Please join us for this informative talk and discussion.
Join us in a natural garden setting to learn all about the Native Neighborhoods Movement. Alrie Middlebrook and Debra Kiefel will provide insite into what this movement is all about, why it is important, and how the Santa Clara Valley, residents, and our Earth will benefit. Read More
We are trying to get the native ecosystem back up and running here in Santa Clara Valley. Come learn all about it, why it is so important to accomplish, and what you can do. Join us for this special event! Read More
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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The Agrihood Project, which is destined to be located right near the corner of Stevens Creek Blvd and Winchester in Santa Clara needs your help to ensure the project proceeds in the right direction! Please read on and get involved! Read More
This is going to be an important meeting. If you cannot show up to vocalize your opposition to the WaterFix/Delta Tunnels Plan, then you can send in your comments to be read out load. Join us! Read More
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