EcoGreen Group of Silicon Valley
Overview of Our Utilities and How They Relate to Sustainability PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Presented by

Tony Green


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. This presentation will be presented by Tony Green and will cover questions such as:

  • 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.

Thursday Morning Meeting, May 07, 2015 8:00am - 9:45am

Grey Water Systems PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony Green   

 Presented by Tony Green

“Grey Water Systems: What they are, why their time has come and how you can participate in conserving our most precious resource”.


Tony Green Picture 050715The 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.  



I will cover questions such as:

  • What are Grey Water Systems and what are the benefits of their use?
  • Why are Grey Water systems becoming part of the water conservation
  • 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?
  • What components comprise a Grey Water System?


Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!



Funding Cleantech PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Mednick   

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Venture Summit/West 2015 took place in Mountain View, California during February of this year. This article provides some informative insite and take aways from this conference. Join me on a discoverey of what's happening in startups and funding in areas that will become a part of our lives in the near future.


Click Here to Download the Article


AlexMednickAlex Mednick is a Technology and Environmental Professional with an extensive background in Computer Science, Finance, Green Building and Environmental Planning. Alex has been a leader in a number of organizations, including Sustainable Silicon Valley, the Green Building Council in Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley, Acterra, and most recently the EcoGreenGroup of Silicon Valley. He is always looking at how best to collaborate in bringing forth innovative green technologies and concepts to the marketplace in the areas including sustainable transportation, health, cell phones, community development, web tools, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

No EGG Meeting on July 2nd PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

We will not be having an EGG meeting on July 2nd since many folks are connecting some days off with their 4th of July weekend. See you next week on July 9th!




Big Data Use Cases for Energy: Connected Cars - Driving Humankind Towards Greener Pastures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

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 Presented by Dj Das

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.


Attendance at this event is Free. However, we would appreciate attendees to sign up for the event at the Eventbrite site. Additional info and driving info is available at our Meetup site, as well as below.

For any questions, please direct your inquires to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .        REGISTER HERE


Tuesday Evening Meeting, June 09, 2015

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  -  Networking and Check In

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  -  Presentation & Demo with Q&A


Milpitas Library   - Auditorium 160 N Main St, Milpitas, CA 95035

Near the Calaveras Blvd. overpass, west side. Heading WEST take the Main St. offramp. Heading EAST go left on Abel, right on Weller. The Community Library is easy to reach by car or by the #66 VTA bus or the #217 AC Transit bus [Map].



Dj Das is a senior-level product & consulting services executive with global operations background. He founded Third Eye Consulting Services to deliver Big Data consulting services. He also runs a popular Bay area monthly meetup, Big Data Cloud. Prior to this, he held various business development and technical roles in companies like LG CNS America, Siebel Systems & Microsoft.






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