Rain Gardens – Turn Rain Into Beauty In Your Garden
Our rainy season will be here vey soon. Have you given any thought to how you might capture some of this critical resource that we seem to be increasingly short on? How about using it to enhance both the health and curb appeal of your garden? In our October 12, 2017 EGG meeting, Shelkie Tao will go over many details of taking advantage of our winter rains to bring more beauty to your garden. So jump out of bed, grab some breakfast, and join us in Saratoga for this interesting session with Shelkie! Read More
Wave Hello To Energy!
Is there value in using mechanisms along our seashore to extract energy? Are they going to interfere too much with the natural balance in the sea and aesthetic appeal of the seascape? Join us on October 05, 2017 and we will take a look at the pros and cons of using Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) to satisfy our demand of energy. We will investigate wave basics as well as the different types of Wave Energy Conversion mechanisms and what new designs are being developed. Join us for this interesting session! Read More
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
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The problem with climate change is too much, and a growing amount, of carbon in the atmosphere (primarily as carbon dioxide and methane). There are soils everywhere with the potential to capture and retain carbon. What about soils makes it possible to be a potential solution? What might that solution look like? Elizabeth will present a view into the often overlooked and highly valuable soils. We celebrate the International Year of the Soil with a closer look at something we all depend on.
The advent of motor vehicles ushered in a new wave of productivity for humankind. It created economics of scale never or known seen before. Unfortunately, it also silently started to hurt the very environment that we live in. Increasing carbon emissions around the world have created irrecoverable damage on Mother Earth. New inventions like the electric cars are slowly but steadily helping stop and in some cases, reverse the damage being done but still a lot more still needs to be done.
We have to change and optimize the way we drive, lower the number of miles driven on a daily basis and adopt technologies to develop efficient least travel patterns, improve gas mileage, and predict breakdowns. The connected cars of today can help us achieve these goals – by the simple OBDII diagnostic outlet. Big Data technologies can help us take all these data and churn it into information that can be used by individuals and businesses alike. This talk will showcase with a live demo of how today’s connected cars are driving humankind towards greener pastures. General aspects of Big Data and way and means by which it can be harnessed for various applications in the Energy domain will be covered.
Please join us for this special EcoGreen Group presentation event.
The recent drought has prompted Governor Brown to enact mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the history of the state of California. With no end to the drought in sight and the level of the state’s reservoirs being at their lowest levels in decades, everyone will need to take steps to conserve this precious resource. Grey Water systems have recently been proposed as a method where home owners can help conserve water by using reclaimed water produced by laundry, sinks and bathtubs in non-potable applications such as irrigation or flushing toilets.
We will investigate why their time has come and how you can participate in conserving our most precious resource.
What are Grey Water Systems and what are the benefits of their use?
Why are Grey Water Systems becoming part of the water conservation discussion?
What are the concerns of using Grey Water?
Will I need a permit to install a Grey Water System?
If I wanted to install a Grey Water System, how would I go about it?
What products are safe to use with a Grey Water System?
One of the miracles of the modern era is the reliability of the power grid. An understanding of how a utility operates will not only allow a better understanding of how the electricity we use daily is generated and transported to our homes and businesses, but will provide insight into how alternative technologies such as Smart Grids and Demand Response will change the way we think of power generation, transmission, and distribution.
How does a utility transmit and distribute electricity?
How is the electric power generated?
What is Demand Response?
How is deregulation related to utility markets?
Who is the CAISO and what function does it perform?
What is a Smart Meter and how does it relate to the Smart Grid?
What is the Renewable Portfolio Standard?
What technologies will have the greatest impact going forward? Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting.
Our investment choices can have a broad impact socially and environmentally. Financial Advisor Toby Cooper will explore the origins, development, and benefits of “socially responsible” (aka, sustainable, ethical, or green) investing, including a nod to 18th Century Quakers, Dr. Martin Luther King, and anti-war activists of the Vietnam war era. He will discuss how investors can achieve their financial goals while aligning their invested dollars with their inner values. He will demonstrate how sustainable investing has found its place in the mainstream investor landscape today. Finally, he will discuss how sustainable investment decisions will interface with “2015 Year-Ahead” investment forecasts from leading Wall Street analysts.
Come join us for an interesting evening and explore how your investment choices can make a difference.
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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