Our cities are going to have to change to allow for sustainable living in the future. What will they look like? How will they be different? What decisions issues will have to deal with? How reved' up on technology will they be? Join us at our 3/22/18 EcoGreen Group meeting for an exploration of this topic. We will view some videos and have some discussion. Read More
Garbage Patch Cleanup Update
The Ocean Cleanup; a great project founded by Boyan Slat. And guess what? This project is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area! We have been following the life of this ocean cleanup project for some time now. In the March 08, 2018 session of EGG, we will take a look at the status of the project. There have been technical changes to the project which are very interesting. We will view some videos and have some discussion. Join us for this update to a fascinating and important project! Read More
Energy For What's Ahead: Transforming Energy In California
Many changes are occurring in the way Californians source, receive, and use their energy. Opportunities abound for progress in many areas. Where will significant advances take place? In solar? In wind? In residential? In storage? In commercial? Join us in our March 01, 2018 EGG meeting and get an idea for where we are going. We will view a video highlighting work done by Dr. Pizarro, CEO of Edison International (EIX). There will be some discussion, debate, and more! Read More
Sustainability: Streetwise or Harvard?
So much to learn, and so little time. There are so many resources that we can use to increase our knowledge of things pertaining to "sustainability". In our EGG February 15, 2018 meeting, we will investigate, explore, and rate the numerous sustainability resources that we have available. Hopefully, participants can bring their ideas to add to our list!
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The human population is experiencing exponential growth. Over the past 200 years we’ve reached our 2nd billion and the 7th billion milestone. While this tells of our great success in the fields of medicine and technology, the population growth is also the source of great threats: environmental and political instability, famine and disease. We will discuss three dynamics that the population growth already set in motion: urbanization, immigration and empowering of women, and try to identify the opportunities within the challenges.
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.
When watering plants, the water can often flow away from the plant before the roots can absorb the water. People may then overwater a plant, increasing water consumption over extended periods of time. Some places in the world are highly susceptible to drought conditions and overusing water can be problematic. It can often take a considerable amount of time to water plants, especially if too much water flows away and more water is needed.
Water Saver (Patent Pending) is a water containment device which helps hold water underneath plants, ensuring the plant is properly maintained and healthy over long periods of time. The device helps prevent water from running away from the plant before it has the chance to absorb nutrients. In this presentation I will provide some success examples, details of the product, and some expected results.
Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!
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.
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.
The Cleantech Open is ramping up their 2018 acceleration program here in the West. As in each of the past few years, their application deadline is on May 1. Click on the link to find out more about this exciting program. This may be your opportunity to make things happen! Read More
We are looking into the issue of whether or not cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are sustainable. As of this writing, the jury is still out. It is very controversial and many people do not want to touch them with a ten foot pole! Take a look at the presentation which has some good references to start your investigation. 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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