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
The poisoning of the drinking water in Flint, Michigan has created headlines nationally. Lead has been known to cause bodily damage when ingested, especially in children. But what is not known are other possible contaminants in your drinking water which not being reported in the news but should be on your radar. Hear about what man-made chemicals may be lurking in your drinking water, how they were introduced into the drinking water supply and what you can do to protect yourself. I will cover questions such as:
Learn what potable drinking water is tested for before you can drink.
How the agriculture industry shapes what might be in the water.
Why Waste Water Treatment Plants are not ready to handle what might be in our water.
How our behaviors can alter what winds up in our drinking water.
Why incidents like Flint, Michigan will not be a one-time occurrence.
Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!
More than 50% of residential water usage is consumed outdoors. To achieve the 25% water reduction target mandated by Governor Jerry Brown and 30% by Santa Clara Valley Water District, letting the green go brown is one of the quickest ways to do so. However, the new yard does not need to be brown; a garden full of water efficient plants can be as beautiful and enjoyable as a green lawn.
Come to this week’s meeting to hear about the current status of the drought, the value of a water efficient garden, rebate programs for converting a lawn to a garden, and see photos of some beautiful water efficient gardens from around the SF Bay Area.
A viewing of the video "Over Troubled Waters" and discussion led by Rod Kirk.
We are at the crossroads of something very good happening or something very bad happening. There is a pending plan to embark upon the construction of a set of tunnels to convey water through the Delta to Southern California. Right now various county agencies throughout California are busy analyzing and gathering input and data in order to make a decision to get on board and if this is going to help with our water issues or cause even more problems. The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) has been holding meetings in which supporters and non supporters of the plan have provided input. There are two ideas being talked about. One is called the California Water Fix and the other is referred to as California Eco Restore. They address different facits of the overall plan. SCVWD will later this year be making a decision whether to sign up for the plan and getting water from it or to not sign up and put efforts into other water related efforts to deal with our water problems. This a critical time. Every Bay Area water user needs to become educated on the details of the plan, the various reports and information being circulated, and listen to the speakers who are providing input. One of the key opponents to the plan is the Restore The Delta organization.
In this special EGG meeting, we will watch a video called "Over Troubled Waters" which was produced by the Restore The Delta organization. We will then spend some time discussing what we have learned. Come join us for an informative session.
For today's meeting we will view some portions of several videos which pertain to the areas of recycling and waste management. The Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling in 21st Century California convened for the first time on August 18, 2015, in Sacramento. Leaders from across the state discussed what we need to do, collaboratively, to meet the statewide goal of recycling 75% of our waste by 2020. While California does a good job collecting recyclables, we miss out on much of the economic benefits that can be generated from manufacturing new products in-state from those recyclables. According to CalRecycle, roughly 18 million tons of recyclables were exported from California seaports in 2014. Mark Murray, from Californians Against Waste, said recycling has created 125,000 green jobs in California and added billions of dollars to our economy but, he said, “We’re exporting too much of the value that can be generated from recycling.”
This week we will address the topic of employment in the Cleantech area within Silicon Valley. As the need to reduce our carbon footprint becomes more important, opportunitites in the Cleantech area are growing and becoming very important. G. John Foggiato will guide the audience through the current state of gaining employment in this area. He will cover the demographics of clean technology in Silicon Valley which includes:
LEED Certified Buildings
Electric Transport Development
He will explore other technologies including:
Wind Energy Power Generation
Wave/Ocean Energy Generation
The presentation will include examining applications and opportunities, job opportunities, sources for training, and sources of information with the technology sectors listed above. Join us for this exciting presentation.
Today we will view a video on the subject of Global Grids followed by Alex Mednick's review of the TiE Smart City Initiative.
The video was recorded at a TEDX event. The speaker is Damien Ernst. The title of his presentation is "The Global Grid for Empowering Renewable Energy". Damien presents an interesting twist on the problems associated with moving to renewable energy and some common economic obstacles which need to be looked at. It was well received by viewers and should provide some thought provoking insite.
Alex Mednick was involved with the TiE Smart City Initiative during January. They organized some very interesting competition to develop solutions to waste management, water management, and parking challenges. Alex will present information on the competition.
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