This week we are going to dig deeper to explore what soil is and what is good soil health. Why should these topics be of interest to us? The health of our planet and the functioning of our ecosystems are dependent on good soil. By maintaining a healthy soil, we can prevent many adverse issues and help solve others. Join us on November 30, 2017 for this interesting session! Read More
No EGG Meeting On November 23, 2017
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. We will be back on November 30, 2017 to begin our sprint to the New Year!
All good things begin with a good plan. How about a plan to reduce the greenhouse gases and fight global warming? Yes! There is a plan. Come to our November 16, 2017 EGG meeting and you will learn all about it. The plan we will be talking about originated from the thinking of Paul Hawkin, environmentalist. WE will watch some interesting videos and have some discussion and maybe take some steps along that plan! Join us for a good time! Read More
Conflict Minerals & Us
Have you ever thought about how many parts there are in any of the consumer appliances we use? Take it one step further. Have you thought about the source of all the raw materials that are in those cell phones and monitors you use? The situation is not so pretty. In our November 09, 2017 EGG meeting, we will learn about areas in the world where human life and health are being impacted by the extraction of minerals and materials used in the production of the gizmos and widgets that are used by everybody. Mei-Ling Shek will provide us some info and show us some videos which reveals the nature of this problem. Join us and become educated in this important issue. Read More
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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.
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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