Is your microwave sleeping rather than cooking? Is your computer in permanent reset mode? Is your bike not rolling smoothly? Wait! Don't throw it away!....Bring it to Repair Café and collaborate with brilliant minded folks who will help you get your prized possession working again. And then you can walk away knowing that you have part of a growing movement reducing what gets thrown into our landfill. Join us in this informative and interesting presentation by Maia Coladonato. Read More
Sustainability As A Path To Peace: How To Prevent Future Wars Over Our Water Supply
Water - The next gold. That shift in perceived and real value is starting to have impact on the world economy as well as the delicate balance of power. How are we going to deal with it? What can we do? Join us at our next EGG meeting for a revealing presentation by Tony Green as he guides us through his thoughts on water and how it is going to affect our world. Read More
An Introduction To Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Want to spend your money on an energy provider that uses renewable energy (rather than fossil fuels!) for electricity production? If so, then join us for a great introduction to the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Organization. Misty Mersich and Jenna Behrendt will tell us all about how we can get involved with this great way of reducing our carbon footprint. Read More
Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center - What Can Recycled Water Do For You?
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has taken some steps to reduce the amount of fresh water that is required to service its customers. The new Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center takes its customers used water, cleans it up, and then makes it available for use. Join us for a very interesting presentation by Nai Hsueh, Board member of the SCVWD, and learn how this new facility accomplishes its water saving goals. Read More
Do you have something that you love but it no longer works or is damaged and wish you could repair it?
How do we fix broken things we use and love in our "disposable" world? Where can go to figure out if something is worth repairing?
Our dumps are filling up with stuff we throw away because we no longer choose to fix things—we buy new things, which frequently aren't as well made.
The fixer movement with event-based repair, such as Repair Cafe and Fixit-Clinic, offer a solution to help divert valuable resources from landfill. These organizations are re-introducing a fixer-mentality and a curiosity of how things work, and how they can be fixed. Find out more about this movement and how you can be a part of it!
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is responsible for securing, managing and delivering a safe and reliable water supply to the region. Searching for sustainable local water supply sources that match the right quality with the right use is part of that responsibility. The Santa Clara valley needs additional supplies, and highly purified recycled water is our new, locally developed and reliable water supply. The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, the largest plant of its kind in northern California, is the focal point of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s recycled water expansion.
The $72 million state-of-the-art facility receives secondary-treated effluent from the neighboring San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility and purifies it to a very high quality using proven purification processes—microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet disinfection.
Natural gas production is at an all-time high which has led to the lowest gas prices in a generation. Many suspect the United States will eventually be the world’s largest exporter of natural gas. The process of hydraulic fracturing has been one of the primary reasons for the abundant supply of natural gas.
Of all of the water in world, only 3.5% is freshwater suitable for drinking, and less than .001% is available throughout the planets’ rivers, lakes, and streams. As populations rise, and the effect of global climate are felt, surface temperatures will rise and water will become scarcer. The United Nations has stated that conflicts between rival countries could arise over access to water supplies. As water shortages become increasingly urgent, countries may resort to violence to quench their thirsts.
Hear about how innovative water technologies are the key to ensuring that nations of the world will never come to a point where wars will be waged for the right of people to have access to safe drinking water. I will cover questions such as:
Why water has been described as the next oil
The effects of climate change on our drinking water supply
What technologies are available to increase the availability of drinking water
Examples of where collaboration has prevented conflicts over water
The key to preventing future wars over our drinking water supply
Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!
Today we will be live streaming the activity taking place in the 7th annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7). The goal of this Ministerial is to create positive sustainable actions that are real-world and make a difference. The core attendees are global energy policymakers, clean energy experts, and visionaries from investment and business areas. This meeting will be the first CEM meeting to occur after the COP21 climate change talks that took place in Paris in 2015. Many countries will be participating. A short list of some of the presenters includes:
Ernst Monitz - US Secretary of Energy
Jerry Brown - Governor of California
Lisa Jackson - VP Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives, Apple Computer
Steven Chu - Former US Energy Secretary
John Woolard - VP of Energy, Google
Janet Napolitano - President, University of California
Mark Kenber - CEO, The Climate Group
For a complete list, please visit the Greenbiz event website. Greenbiz is the official livestream partner for this conference.
Please join us for the first 1 1/2 hours of streaming of the event which coincides with our EGG meeting. We encourage you to register so you will be able to access the event after our meeting is over.
On the road to lowering our carbon footprint, we are witnessing many new organizations and efforts that are helping us on this journey. One such organization is Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE). This recently formed organization has participating jurisdictions from Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and the unincorporated parts of Santa Clara County. These communities have formed a Joint Powers Agency called the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority which is a non-profit public agency that will oversee a Community Choice Energy (CCE) Program.
Misty Mersich and Jenna Behrendt will be presenting all the ins and outs of this new venture as well as anwering questions from our attendees. They will cover, among other things, the following:
What is Community Choice Energy?
What are the benefits for my Community?
Overview of Progress to date and Next Steps
How to Get Involved
So if you want to learn to put your money where the green is, check out this event and get started!
Charcoal, intended for use in agriculture as a way of sequestering carbon and improving soil fertility, has been gaining in popularity. We will look at it properties and production then survey its use in soil and finally, address some outstanding questions regarding its economic viability and scalability.
Please join us for this informative talk and discussion.
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
Heather Durham has organized a great getaway to enjoy some local organic wine as well as a potluck. This event will be at the Silver Mountain Vineyards in Los Gatos. There will be music, and special tours also. Read More
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Learn about a unique opportunity to get involved with a product that provides for more efficient usage of water in the landscape. Water Saver Inc. is utilizing Kickstarter to get the message out and offer an opportunity to participate in the next step of commercialization of the Water Saver product. Click on the title link above to learn more! Read More