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 Orchards and open lands have been replaced by streets and buildings.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
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.
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.
Aging plumbing, outdated distribution systems and equipment malfunctions cost property owners billions of dollars in water damage and loss annually. Despite the severity of the problem, available solutions, which focus primarily on spot detection, have been limited in their ability to address the problem. In addition millions of gallons of water are lost due to a variety of causes, and these losses often go undetected for months until a very large bill arrives two months later causing a shock wave and urgent investigation of the situation.
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.”
There is a close connection, or nexus, between energy and water. It takes a significant amount of water to create energy. Energy is also used in great quantities during the supply and treatment of waste water. For the year 2011 in the United States electricity from fossil fuels and nuclear energy required 190 billion gallons of water a day accounting for 39% of all the freshwater withdrawals while 4% off all power generation was used for water supply and treatment. Water and energy problems are connected to each other in such a way that, in spite of some partial and short-term success, partial responses are bound to fail in the long-term.
Water and energy policy, planning and management must be integrated to encourage conservation, motivate innovation and ensure sustainable use of water and energy. Hear about how interconnection of water and energy and how these two resources will be intertwined forever. I will cover questions such as:
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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