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This post concludes my coverage of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's "Silicon Valley Connected & Charged" Conference.


Brazil Reaches Out to Silicon Valley to Learn


A delegation of eleven Brazilians visited Silicon Valley last week to better understand how this area works at building a sustainable region, and to explore opportunities for further interaction and partnership.  Last Friday, they paid a visit to Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) and exchanged ideas with Marianna Grossman, Luciana Peixoto Read More


Smarter Cities and San Jose’s “Living Lab”


This post is part 2 of my coverage of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s “Silicon Valley Connected & Charged” Conference.


Homeowners Enroll into SSV’s Net Positive Bay Area East Palo Alto Project


 SSV’s Net Positive project in East Palo Alto is gathering momentum, as GRID Alternatives, an Oakland-based nonprofit solar contractor and SSV partner, signed up their first participants on Saturday, May 16. At the meeting at the YMCA in East Palo Alto, homeowners Lea Martinez and Betsy Yanez filled out applications for the installation Read More


Self-Driving Cars and Big Data


Are we on the brink of a transportation renaissance? This post covers the "Silicon Valley Connected & Charged" conference on next-wave transportation tech. 


The California Water Foundation presented its new water management tool


As California is facing the risk of a fifth year of drought, and Governor Brown has issued an Executive Order mandating a 25% reduction in water use statewide, there is still no widely used classification that distinguishes a sustainable water management strategy from unsustainable one. On April 21st, at SSV’s headquarters in Santa Clara, The Read More


The On-Site Water Treatment and Non-Potable Reuse Kick-Off Meeting


On May 8, the On-site Water Treatment and Non-potable Reuse Kick-off Meeting took place with representatives from San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and local tech companies. The meeting was promising, and there was a lots of feedback from attendees. The following is the summary of this meeting.   San Mateo County The San Mateo Read More


U.S. Energy Demand Can Be Met with Renewables Only


In 2050, by the time I turn 70, this world may finally become "a better place." Or at least the United States can. According to Mark Jacobson, professor of Civil & Environmental Studies at Stanford, each of the 50 states has a capacity to support their energy systems using the most clean of the renewable sources: water, wind, and sun – Read More


LEED Platinum for San Francisco City Hall, Big win for a 100 year old building


City Hall in San Francisco has gone one better by retrofitting the  100 year old City Hall to achieve this high standard.   The retrofit to this new standard is along both energy savings (up to 20% per year)   and water savings (up to 825,000 gallons of drinking or potable water per year)


We Can Achieve the Aggressive California Renewable Energy Goals for 2030


The report from Strategen indicates the state goals for 2030 are very achievable given the current trajectory of the current compliance by the state.