Our speakers are taking a break and so now is the time to give everybody the opportunity to discuss, debate, and get educated on all the green and clean issues that we are faced with today. In our September 21, 2017 meeting, we are going to start off by addressing the CA WaterFix/Delta Tunnels Project. Where we go from there depends on what else people want to talk about. Join us and leave our meeting well informed and with an itch to do something about some of the problems we are facing! Read More
De Anza College Energy & Facility Management / Building Science Program
Thinking about changing careers? Thinking about graduation from high school and what your next step will be? Interested in energy management, cleantech, and all things green? If any of these interest you, then be sure to come to our September 14, 2017 EGG meeting. Bill Roeder, an instructor in the Environmental Studies Dept. at De Anza College, is going to provide us with the latest information on De Anza's Energy & Facility Management / Building Science Programs. Join us for this very enlightening program and learn all about what is going on in green education! Read More
The Sweet Commute
We all feel it. We are all impacted by it. We all hate it. I am talking about our Santa Clara Valley traffic and transportation infrastructure. What can we do to improve the situation? Beverly Turner is going to guide us through an interactive session where we attempt to come up with ideas to resolve these issues. Bring your brains, bring your laptops, and we will see if we can come up with some creative ideas to get the attention of those who manage our transportation infrastructure. The date is September 7, 2017. Read More
Teaching Energy & The Environment: What I Have Learned
Our members are from all walks of life. One of our members, Mei-Ling Shek, teaches college courses locally. In our August 31, 2017 session, Mei-Ling will share with us her experiences teaching a recent course on Energy & The Environment. Join us for this interesting look behind the scenes and find out what stories she will have for us! Read More
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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.
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.
Come join us for videos and a discussion on how to deal with plastics
The use of plastics in our everyday life and in the vast number of products being produced has been increasing yearly. There are many challenges in dealing with the disposal and re-use of these plastics. Mei-Ling Shek will show some videos on the topic and then we will engage in some discussion.
* Types of plastic commonly used * The need for plastic recycling * Plastics accepted for recycling * Non-recyclable plastics * Biodegradation? * Biopolymers
A very important meeting took place on 08/22/17 at the Almaden Expressway site of the SCVWD. It was a packed house and a lot of interesting questions, discussions, and presentation related to the Delta Tunnels (WaterFix) Project. This is an important issue. Please read about it here and get involved to get the SCVWD Board of Directors to vote no on participation in this project! 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
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
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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