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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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.
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
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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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