Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday! We will not be holding our EGG meeting on December 21 or December 28, 2017. It is time for us to relax. Thanks for your participation during 2017. We hope to see you back again in 2018. Our next meeting will be on January 04, 2018. Read More
EGG 2017 Year End Holiday Potluck Party!
Is it the Christmas holiday season again? Wow, did that come around fast! It is time for our EGG members to take a break. A lot has happened this year, and now it is time for our traditional year end potluck. Everybody is welcome to join; whether you are or are not an official EGG member. Just bring some delicious edibles or drinks to share. It will be a kick back and relaxed time telling stories or tall tales or whatever else we can think of. For those of you who have never attended an EGG event, this would be a good time to meet some of the people involved with EGG who share strong sustainable commitments. Read More
Introducing: The GeoVerde Solar Metal Roofing Solution
Solar paneled roofs are popping up all over the place. It is good to see this happening. The next anticipated endeavor is occurring; integration of the solar panel into the actual roofing material. Will this be good for Santa? Come to our next EGG meeting on December 07, 2017 and you can become familiar with the ins and outs of this new phase of development. Richard Tseui, founder of GeoVerde, is going to lead us through this technology as well as presenting us a show and tell of his new product. Richard will also provide us a look at some of the other energy management projects he is working on. Join us for this exciting look into what will happening on our roofs soon! Read More
What Is Soil And Soil Health?
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
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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:
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.
Our November 19th meeting will provide insight into an industrialized methodology and technology for passive catchment and storage of fog as a new water source for residential and industrial use. As rain water is considered vertical precipitation harvesting, fog water is considered horizontal precipitation harvesting and can collect up to three times more water than rain without disrupting other ecosystems in areas where the requirements for fog water harvesting are met. Tatiana Estevez Carlucci will take us on a journey to explore a fascinating new technology which is being realized through her company, Permalution. Join us for this exciting look at a technology that can provide a new water source and help address some drought issues.
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.
Clean, fresh water is an essential resource that has been dwindling at an alarming rate over the past few years. The importance of conserving and recycling water will be the topic for this event. In particular, examples of sound practices in architecural design will be described that have implications on Silicon Valley and all of California in this severe "drought state" and state of mind. Please come join us for Rinaldo Veseliza's fascinating talk with real world examples of what cities and businesses can do and are doing with proper planning, design, and communication.
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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