We sure do love our sweets! And since medical science has come to recognize the bad effects of sugar, many attempts have occurred to find a suitable replacement for it. Aspartame is one of them. What typically happens, is that whenever we fool around trying to come up with replacement foods, we end up with something that has even worse side effects. Join us in our February 22, 2018 EGG meeting and we will go over the Aspartame story and why it is such as 'big bad wolf". 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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From Sustainability Concepts To How To Be A More Effective Agent Of Change
The name Alan Atkisson has been associated with many aspects of sustainability for a long time. For those of you who have taken environmental courses in college, you will most likely have read some of his books. In our Feb. 08, 2018 EGG meeting, we will take a close look at some of his ideas in the areas of sustainability, sustainable development, and transformative change. We will view some videos investigating tools and results of applying his methods. Please join us for this very informative session! Read More
Better Eating Habits & Sustainability
Good health is an important part of a sustainable lifestyle and contributes to a sustainable environment. Eating the right food is a key component creating good health. Is it time for you to jump on the bandwagon of heating healthy? The best time to do it is now! Come to our February 1, 2018 EGG session and learn with others some important basics behind eating what is right for us. We will watch some fascinating videos and have some discussion with folks who have walked down this path! Read More
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What are conflict minerals, or blood minerals as some call them? What do they have to do with us?
We will first view the video “How to Avoid Conflict Minerals” from PBS, as Alison Stewart explains the role of conflict minerals, mined and sold by warlords in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and their paths to our consumer products. Then we will view Marcus Bleasdale’s documentary “Capturing Conflict Mineral Trade in DRC” to understand the tremendous human toll of conflict minerals.
In 2010, the United States Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, and section 1502 mandates the issuance of rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals if those minerals are "necessary to the functionality or production of a product" manufactured by those companies. What has happened to the law since then?
Join us as for this interesting session where we look at the conflict minerals problem and discover how we are affected by it.
Another easy going day is on our agenda. Today we will view a video of Scott Pruitt's recent session on Frontline regarding the EPA. We might view several other videos and have some discussion. This is a golden opportunity for attendees to bring up related sustainability topics and issues and get dialogue going. Drop by and enjoy the event and do your part in reducing our overall carbon footprint.
It’s time to ask ourselves, what is possible? It’s time to pull our understanding of natural living systems together and manage land for better soil health, human health, and planet health. Looking at any piece of open land from a residential yard, urban parks, farms and ranches, statewide and planet scale landscapes, its condition can be improved to cumulatively contribute to water abundance and climate stability.
> What is the small water cycle? > What can soil as a sponge do for us? > What is one small thing?
Learn about the power of small patterns to cycle into big impacts.
When it rains and all the raindrops fall on our roof, have you thought about where the rainwater go to? Well, most of it just goes down the sewer, into the creeks and rivers, and eventually out to the ocean. In the past, stormwater was viewed as a something akin to waste; something we’d get rid of as soon as possible. Not any more. After the historic drought of the last 5 years, everyone realizes how valuable water – in any source or form – is. When it comes to rainwater, in addition to rain barrels, there is another great and more direct way to capture and use it. Better yet, it can be turned into beauty in your garden. How? Come join the discussion and find out more.
Almost all of us like eating sweet things, and we would like to forget that food loaded with sugar is not good for us. Scientists believe that ten years from now, between 20% to 50% of the entire world's population will be classified as obese. We shall view “Sugar—the elephant in the kitchen”, in which Dr. Lustig, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UC San Francisco, assesses the health dangers of sugar and its link to Type-2 diabetes and the global obesity epidemic. He is the author of several books and many articles on childhood obesity, including “Obesity Before Birth”. Then we shall see a neuroscientist’s perspective by viewing Dr. Amy Reichelt’s “This is Your Brain on Sugar”. The role of sugar is really complex, as Stanford Chemistry Professor Carolyn Bertozzi will tell us in “The sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you something”.
If you have ever tried body surfing I am sure you have become very familiar with the forces in the waves that have knocked you around. Think about the miles and miles of coastline that exists. What if we could somehow harness some of that energy in those waves. In today's meeting we will take a look at wave basics, calculating how much energy is in a wave, and just how we can harness that energy. We will take a look at Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) and how it is done today and what is on the horizon. We will have some discussion as well as watch a video.
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
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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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