• EXCLUSIVE INVITATION: Creating an Ecosystem for a Carbon Balanced Planet
    Exclusive Invitation - Join Sustainable Silicon Valley (http://sustainablesv.org) & Center for Carbon Removal (http://www.centerforcarbonremoval.org) "Creating an Ecosystem for a Carbon Balanced Planet" workshop will explore how Bay Area business, policy, and NGO leaders can partner with local carbon removal solution developers. Keynote Speaker: Nancy Pfund (http://www.dblpartners.vc/people/nancy-pfund/) Nancy Pfund, Founder & Managing Partner, DBL Partners Join keynote speaker, Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, Nancy Pfund (http://www.dblpartners.vc/people/nancy-pfund/), and Executive Director of the Center for Carbon Removal, Noah Deich (http://www.centerforcarbonremoval.org/team/), as they kick off the event and explore the importance of building carbon removal solutions today. This workshop will then explore how Bay Area business, policy, and NGO leaders can partner with local carbon removal solution developers through short presentations by: Brent Constantz, Founder & CEO -- Blue Planet (http://www.blueplanet-ltd.com) (Carbon-sequestering cement) Graciela Chichilnisky, CEO & Co-founder -- Global Thermostat (http://globalthermostat.com) (Direct air capture)Jim Mason, Founder & CEO, -- All Power Labs (http://www.allpowerlabs.com) (Biochar + distributed bioenergy)Torri Estrada, Managing Director -- Carbon Cycle Inc. (http://www.carboncycle.org) (Carbon farming) The second half of the workshop will be dedicated to an interactive design exercise where the presenters will break out into separate tables and work with participants to brainstorm ideas for building carbon removal pilot projects in the Bay Area. AGENDA 4:00pm - Registration Opens (Please allow up to 15 minutes to go through security. Public transportation highly recommended and paid parking available at DLA Piper) 4:30pm - Event Starts (Light appetizers) 4:45pm - Keynote Nancy Pfund 4:55pm - Presentations Start 5:45pm - Interactive Workshop 7:00pm - Networking Register here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exclusive-invitation-creating-an-ecosystem-for-a-carbon-balanced-planet-tickets-27361569190?aff=eac2) WHAT IS CARBON REMOVAL (http://www.centerforcarbonremoval.org/what-is-carbon-removal/)? "Carbon removal solutions — including ecosystem restoration, carbon-sequestering agricultural practices, and negative-emissions energy and manufacturing technologies—can work alongside traditional emissions abatement strategies (such as renewable energy and ecosystem conservation) to strengthen climate mitigation action. What makes carbon removal solutions particularly valuable is theirunique ability to take excess CO2 out of the atmosphere. Without carbon removal, it will take millennia for natural processes to clean up excess atmospheric CO2 — even if we completely eliminate CO2 emissions." -- Center for Carbon Removal

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  • Spring Water Symposium: Resilience and Reuse
    What is the Spring Water Symposium? Sustainable Silicon Valley is thrilled to report that our first Water Symposium in September 2015 was an enormous success! Attendance, interest and sponsorships exceeded all expectations. Building on this success, we are holding a Spring Water Symposium: Resilience and Reuse, on Monday, May 23rd at the state-of-the-art Intuit Cook Campus Center in Mountain View. This exciting event will bring together prominent water technology experts with key government, water agency, and corporate leaders. The Symposium will showcase a range of design and technology systems for treating, monitoring, and reusing water for non-potable purposes in commercial and multifamily buildings. Presenters will share successful case studies. Of course, being in Silicon Valley, there will be a special emphasis on the role of the tech campus in water resiliency. Presenters will highlight creative programs that have engaged and inspired employee participation, which exponentially increases impact. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Please register via our Event Page (http://www.watersymp.sustainablesv.org). As a special offer, our Meetup group members get discounted tickets for $25 using the code "MeetUpPASS" (select "non-member" on the Eventbrite link). Only 25 tickets up for grabs. Register Now! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-water-symposium-resilience-and-reuse-tickets-22237961341?aff=eac2) ---------------------------------------------------------------- Agenda: 11.45am - 12.00pm : "Doors Open" 12.00pm - 12.30pm : Registration, Lunch and Expo 12.30pm - 12.40pm : Welcome Address Cindy Clark - Chief Development Officer, Sustainable Silicon Valley Jennifer Thompson - Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley 12.40pm - 12.55pm : Intuit : Employee Engagement Tom Harrington, Intuit 12.55pm - 1.10pm : Local Water Resilience Barbara Keegan, Santa Clara Valley Water District 1.10pm - 1.40pm : California: Ready for Recycling? Joseph Vesey, Xylem 1.40pm - 2.30pm : Panel 1: An Integrated Approach to Bay Area Water : Conservation, Efficiency, Centralized treatment and Onsite Reuse Andree Johnson, Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency Barbara Keegan, Santa Clara Valley Water District Newsha Ajami, Water in the West, Stanford University Moderator : Henry Russell (Russ) Drinker, M Moser Associates and SSV Board Member 2.30pm - 2.50pm : Roadmap to Developing Public Health Standard for Decentralized Non-portable Water Systems Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission 2.50pm - 3.05pm : Two Minutes Pitches 3.05pm - 3.35pm : Break and Expo 3.35pm - 3.50pm : Innovative Water Efficiency on a Tech Campus Lauren Swezey, Facebook 3.50pm - 4.05pm : Two Minutes Pitches 4.05pm - 4.35pm : Case Studies : Innovative Water Reuse in Action Sebastien Tilmans, Codiga Resources Recovery Center, Stanford University Pete Munoz, Biohabitats 4.35pm - 5.25pm : Panel 2: The Emerging Regulatory Environment for Onsite Reuse John Horner, Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Dennis Murphy, US Green Building Council California Peter Hasse, Aqualogic Kyle Krause, California Dept. of Housing and Community Development Michael Nearman, California Building Standards Commission Moderator : Bob Hitchner , Nexus eWater 5.25pm - 5.30pm : Closing Remarks Elan Scheinman - Board Vice Chair, Sustainable Silicon Valley 5.30pm - 6.00pm : Wine and Beer Reception ---------------------------------------------------------------- SSV’s 2015 Water Symposium attracted over 200 attendees, and 90% of attendees who responded to a survey cited the symposium as “highly exceeding their expectations” or was “above their expectations.” Who should attend: Tech Companies: Sustainability and Facilities divisions City/County planners, public works and regulators Local and state water agencies Water Purveyors SSV Members Policy Makers/Elected officials Public sector facilities Developers, owners, and property managers Construction design/engineering firms and water service companies Water reuse technology manufacturers and installers Reasons to sponsor: 1. Showcase your product and services to 250+ water technology industry leaders during the three month campaign and at the event 2. Connect with 250+ attendees who are leaders and innovators from government and industry during the lunch, at the expo, and the wine reception 3. Be recognized as a thought leader in water resiliency in the Silicon Valley “These amazing innovations can help California recycle more water in these persisting drought situations.” —Assemblymember Rich Gordon, 24th California Assembly District, Speaker at SSV’s 2015 Water Symposium “Drinking water– it's hard to fathom a more significant regulatory issue.” —Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times, moderator for SSV’s 2015 Water Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities: Promote your organization as an event partner across all conference materials, including the SSV website, promotional materials, email newsletter, printed brochure, social media, and through SSV’s extensive database. Contact Cindy Clark at [masked]

    Intuit - Cook Campus Center

    2750 Coast Ave, Building #6 · Mountain View, CA

  • Water Technology Symposium- Onsite Water Recycling and Reuse
    http://bit.ly/1PHuTkQ Please register via our Sustainable Silicon Valley Eventbrite Page. (http://bit.ly/watersymposium2015) ------------------------------------------------------------------ We are aware about water recycling, and have discussed it for long; but it’s time to learn about the right technology at the right place and that's the Technology Symposium hosted by Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV). The symposium will showcase a range of integrated water designs and technology systems for capturing, storing, treating, monitoring and reusing water for nonpotable purposes applicable to commercial and multi-family buildings and sites. Who should attend? • Technology companies • Corporate and public sector facilities executives/managers • Sustainability officers • Property managers and owners • Property developers • Construction design/engineering companies • Public works officials • Building inspectors • Environmental Health Officers • Water (potable and recycled) providers • Water agencies and regulators • Community Planning/Economic Development staff • Water engineers, designers, service companies • Water reuse technology manufacturers and installers Schedule: 12 – 1 pm : Expo and registration 1:00 – 1:15 pm: Welcome and opening remarks 1:15 – 2:00 pm: Panel 1 - Holistic water design: all sources and uses of water on a site 2:00 – 3:10 pm: Panel 2 - Technology: various types of systems and key features 3:10 – 3:40 pm: Break, expo, networking 3:40 – 4:50 pm: Panel 3 - Case studies from operators and regulators: How do they really work? Lessons learned from regulatory framework. Financing and system costs; monitoring and compliance; what it too to get the permit 4:50 – 5:00 pm: Closing remarks 5:00 – 6:30 pm : Wine reception and expo To access the entire list of Speakers, click here: http://bit.ly/1PHuTkQ To view the detailed Agenda and to register, click here: http://bit.ly/watersymposium2015


    3333 Coyote Hill Rd · Palo Alto

  • Water, Water, Everywhere and Not A Drop?
    Join water experts for an informative discussion about the water crisis in California and how it will affect us all in the short and long term. Regulatory, behavioral, and moral issues converge as we all try to adjust to the “new normal” regarding our use and conservation of water. This is a must attend session for all of us to be equipped with the information and skills we need to conserve water and preserve the California we all love. Join us for an all-star panel comprised of: • Rick DeGolia, Mayor (Moderator) City of Atherton (BA from UC Berkeley; JD from Harvard Law School) • Marianna Grossman, President and Executive Director Sustainable Silicon Valley (AB from Dartmouth College; MBA from Yale University) • Felicia Marcus, Chair CA Water Resources Control Board (AB from Harvard University; JD from NYU School of Law) • Kathryn Phillips, Director Sierra Club of California (BA from UC Berkeley; MA from University of Missouri; MPA from UCLA) • Jim Porter, Director Public Works for San Mateo County (BS from University of Washington; MPA from SF State University) • Steve Ritchie, Assistant GM responsible for San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Water & Hetch Hetchy (BS and MS from Stanford University) Schedule 6:00pm Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres 6:30pm Introductions and Opening Remarks 7:00pm Moderator-led Discussion 8:00pm Audience Q&A 8:30pm Conclusion RSVP REQUIRED: To aid in the planning of this event, RSVP by July 29th. http://www.daasv.org/login/?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.daasv.org%2Fevents%2Frsvp%2F%3Fevent_id%3D1278 First time users must register to use the site before RSVPing to the event. Please include the first and last name of each attendee. RSVPs and payments received after July 29th are welcome, but must pay a $10 administration fee. RSVPs may also be accepted by email at [masked] . Please register early! Reservation/Cancellation Policy (http://www.daasv.org/cancellation-policy/) Cost: $30 for Member, $45 for Non-Member (Includes reception, presentation, and light hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar will be available.) Biographies Rick DeGolia is a fourth-generation Californian, Mayor of the Town of Atherton and business consultant to Silicon Valley companies. He has worked more than 30 years in Silicon Valley as an attorney, software executive, strategic business adviser and board member to information technology companies. He was a partner with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, where he represented emerging growth companies, venture capital firms and investment banks in the software, telecommunications and customer service sectors from 1984 to 1996. He left to help launch a customer relationship management company, Genesys Telecommunications, where he managed strategic planning and business development for over five years, until the company was sold to Alcatel for $1.9 billion. From 2002 to present, he has founded several software companies and served as Chairman or Board member to several others. In 2013, he was elected to the Atherton City Council and in 2014 was elected Mayor. In[masked], he co-authored a paper titled “Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Improved Water Policy” that was used by the CA Air Resources Board in the course of assessing water policy issues as part of its 2008 Scoping Plan. He graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in American Studies and received a JD from Harvard Law School. Marianna Grossman leads Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV), consortium of more than 100 businesses, governments, research and civic organizations founded in 2000 bringing the ingenuity of Silicon Valley to create a more sustainable region and world. Under her leadership, SSV delivers programs that inspire action. SSV’s Net Positive initiative is catalyzing action towards a common vision of a resilient region that generates surplus renewable energy, sequesters more carbon than emitted and uses local water resources by 2050. Ms. Grossman’s previous roles include Partner for Sustainability and Innovation at Minerva Consulting; investor in high tech start-ups; and corporate roles in the automotive, computer and semiconductor industries. She serves on the Board of Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities, the Sustainability Committee of the SF Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, the advisory council for the sustainability and climate action plan for the City of Palo Alto and the California Congress of the International Living Future Institute. She earned an MBA from Yale University and a BA, cum laude, with distinction in Policy Studies from Dartmouth College. Felicia Marcus is the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) Chair, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. The Board manages the state’s drinking water and water quality regulation, and it implements the state’s water rights laws. Previously, Marcus served in positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. In government, Felicia served as the Administrator of USEPA Region IX in the Clinton Administration where she was known for her work in bringing unlikely allies together for environmental progress on a wide range of issues. Prior to that, Felicia headed Los Angeles’ Department of Public Works at a time when the City went from garnering lawsuits to garnering national awards for environmental excellence. In the non-profit world, she was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and was the Executive VP/COO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit devoted to conserving land for people. She also was a private and non-profit sector attorney in Los Angeles and has served on many non-profit boards and Advisory Councils. Kathryn Phillips leads lobbying and regulatory advocacy and overall administration of Sierra Club California. She began this role in August 2011. She previously directed transportation and air pollution work in California for Environmental Defense Fund, where she worked on regional, state and federal policy, and also gained experience in agriculture policy and water policy. Before joining EDF, she wa s a senior policy advisor at the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, where she focused on air quality and transportation issues. Kathryn has been based in Sacramento since 2001. Kathryn holds a B.A in history from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Master of Public Policy degree, with a dual focus on natural resources and transportation, from the University of California, Los Angeles. A former journalist, she is the author of two books about environmental issues. Jim Porter is the Director of Public Works and Parks for the County of San Mateo. The Department of Public Works and Parks has a staff of over 300 and performs a wide array of design, construction, construction administration, operations, and maintenance services involving the County’s transportation systems, buildings, general aviation airports, flood control and stormwater management, sewer collection, water distribution, lighting districts, solid waste and recycling program management, energy conservation programs, parks, and environmental stewardship. Jim has over 28 years of professional engineering experience, 15 of which at the Department Director level. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University, and is a registered Civil Engineer and Traffic Engineer in California. Steven Ritchie is Assistant General Manager of the Water Enterprise, responsible for overseeing water system operations and planning from Hetch Hetchy through the Regional Water System to the City Distribution Division and the management of lands and natural resources. Steve was the Manager of Planning from 1995 to 1998. Prior to his current assignment, he managed the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, a multi-agency effort to restore 15,100 acres of valuable habitat in South San Francisco Bay, while providing for flood risk management and public access. Steve has worked at management positions at the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board [masked]), the CalFed Bay-Delta Program [masked]), and URS consultants [masked]). He has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

    University Club

    3277 Miranda Avenue · Palo Alto, CA

  • Finding Ways to Postpone Climate Tipping Points using Updated Metrics
    Schedule: 6:00-6:30pm: Registration & Networking 6:30pm-8:00pm: Program Please RSVP via our EventBrite Page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-ways-to-postpone-climate-tipping-points-using-updated-metrics-tickets-17402000853 ------------------------------------------------------------------ Can today's efforts to combat global warming avoid climate tipping points? The United Nations says “no”, and that today's efforts will actually speed up warming by 2035, not slowing it until after 2050! Being overlooked are efforts that UN reports could immediately slow global warming -- reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon. This oversight means today’s treaties, government policies, and corporate mitigation strategies, have no chance of postponing tipping points coming by 2035. How did we get here? To blame are the tools guiding today's efforts, a set of climate metrics last updated in 1997. These outdated metrics ignore the 60% of climate impacts from short-lived climate pollutants, and prioritize efforts which won't take effect for almost 100 years. Join Tobias Schultz as he discusses how a set of standardized climate metrics can be used by companies, environmental groups, governments, and other organizations, to help postpone climate tipping points. Tobias Schultz is Manager of Environmental Sustainability Services (ESS) at SCS Global Services. Under his oversight, the ESS team uses life cycle assessment (LCA) metrics to measure how products and organizations contribute to environmental impacts. These metrics, currently being standardized in the US and internationally, consider all environmental impacts arising from industrial activities worldwide. The LCA climate metrics, developed by some of the world’s leading climate scientists, provide critical updates to current carbon footprints and are based on the latest science published by IPCC. Mr. Schultz has spent nearly five years at SCS applying these LCA metrics to a wide range of industrial production systems, including paper, lumber, electricity generation, steel, aluminum, zinc, glass, biopolymers, plastics, and more. Mr. Schultz is also active in standards development; he is a member of the US Technical Advisory Group to the ISO Technical Committee 207 and the ANSI LEO-SCS-002 committee. He has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Physics from UC Santa Cruz. Please Note: Photo ID & signature on NDA required for entry. Snacks & soft drinks will be provided Please contact Kanako McPhail, [masked]

    Hitachi Data Systems Corporation

    2845 Lafayette Street · Santa Clara, CA

  • Silicon Valley Energy Summit 2015
    Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) is partnering with Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) to produce the Silicon Valley Energy Summit 2015 on Thursday, June 25, at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center. SVES 2015 is an annual event that offers unparalleled opportunities for everyone in Silicon Valley and beyond, connected with sustainable energy: Gain insights on the latest energy technologies, corporate practices, market trends and emerging government policies. Interact with more than 400 participants from the world’s largest IT companies, Silicon Valley startups, investment funds, utilities, government, environmental organizations and research institutions. The Solutions Showcase at SVES 2015 features innovations from entrepreneurial and established companies for breakthrough efficiency in Renewable Energy, Water Technology, Smart Grid and other enablers for reaching the California 2030 and Net Positive Bay Area 2050 goals. The solutions will be grouped so that attendees can compare different approaches for advanced Energy Management, Generation, Storage, Distribution, Water/ Energy Solutions, and more. This year the Solutions Showcase offers 3 types of registrations: 1. Solutions Showcase Sponsor 2. Exhibit Table (for Non-SSV Sponsors) 3. Exhibit Table (for SSV Partners) Each sponsor and exhibitor will get two tickets to SVES 2015 General sessions, and an exhibit table to showcase their solutions. Showcase Sponsors will get to feature their solutions in the Showcase program. Showcase Sponsors and SSV partners are invited to participate at SSV’s premier EcoCloud Virtual Solutions Showcase. For more details, please follow #SVES on social media or visit: http://www.sustainablesv.org (http://www.sustainablesv.org/) For more information on Solutions Showcase contact: Phu Nguyen ([masked]) 900 Lafayette Street, Suite 100, Santa Clara CA 95060 |[masked] X 100 [masked] | www.sustainablesv.org (http://www.sustainablesv.org/)| 501 (c)(3) Tax ID[masked]

    Frances C.Arrillaga Alumni Center

    326 Galvez St. · Stanford, CA

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  • Join us for a robust discussion on Energy Storage!
    During WEST 2014 in Nov., and a follow up meeting in Jan 2015, a group discussed energy storage as a strategy for supporting smart micro-grids and for deploying more renewable energy. If you participated in this conversation or would like to join in now, there are a few spaces remaining. The upcoming meeting on March 13 will focus on starting a template for deploying energy storage. If interested, please email Bruce Naegel bnaegel@sustainablesv(dot)org for the location and agenda.

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  • Are you interested in energy storage? A few spaces remain!
    During WEST 2014 in Nov., a group discussed energy storage as a strategy for supporting smart micro-grids and for deploying more renewable energy. If you participated in this conversation or would like to join in now, there are a few spaces remaining. Please email Bruce Naegel bnaegel@sustainablesv(dot)org for the location and agenda.

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  • Protocol and Metrics for Net Positive Meetup
    Net Positive Bay Area is being launched at WEST 2014 on Nov. 19. Join us for a deep dive into protocols and metrics on Wednesday, Dec. 3 to continue the conversation on how to quantify the challenge, set goals and track progress to have the Bay Area become a Net Positive region for renewable energy, carbon sequestration and local water use. Bring your own expertise and ideas. Connect with others who are determined to bring the ingenuity of Silicon Valley to address the greatest challenges of our time.

    Sustainable Silicon Valley

    900 Lafayette St Ste 100 · Santa Clara

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  • Come to SSV's WEST 2014: Net Positive Call to Action
    Sustainable Silicon Valley annual conference will be inspiring, informative and interactive. Don't miss it! For information and to register go to this link (http://www.sustainablesv.org/ssv2013/index.php/events/west-summit) .Silicon Valley is the cradle of technology that drives economic and social revolution and transformation. Why not direct that disruptive ingenuity towards breakthroughs that generate a better future? At WEST 2014: Net Positive Call to Action companies, institutions, municipalities, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and individuals will learn how speakers and panelists are connecting problems with breakthrough solutions; “Call for Solution” finalists will compete before a panel of experts and VCs; and an Expo of entrepreneurs will showcase their work, as the images of SSV’s “Call to Art” illuminate the event. The event will include lively and engaging facilitated small group discussions for action on targeted topics. Join us and participate to create a better future for all.

    Lucie Stern Community Center

    1305 Middlefield Rd. · Palo Alto, CA

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