Equifax Security Breach Aftermath: Rescuing Your Green
It has been a painful two weeks since we were notified of the massive Equifax Data Breach. As I am doing, you are probably scampering around trying to secure and put safeguards in place to deal with this terrible breach. We thought it would be a good idea to pause our green thoughts for a moment and take a close look at what happened and what we should be doing to protect ourselves. Join us on September 28, 2017, at our next EGG meeting, for an important presentation by Mark Hoff to investigate and discuss where we go from here. Read More
Mid-September 2017 "Free For All"
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
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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:
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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