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Fwd: WEST 2014 Summary and Survey

From: domainremoved <J>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:14:37 -0800

I am a Menlo Park citizen and I am deeply concerned about sustainability
and reversing climate change.

Did any MP City Council members or city staff attend this conference?

What regional Sustainability organizations does Menlo Park participate in?

Thank you, Janice Butts

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From: 'Mike' via Carbon Free MV <carbon-free-mv_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM
Subject: Fwd: WEST 2014 Summary and Survey
To: "carbon-free-mv_at_(domainremoved)

Here is a summary from the Sustainable Silicon Valley conference last week
in Palo Alto. There are some interesting projects and highlights.



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*From:* Sustainable Silicon Valley <mgrossman_at_(domainremoved)
*Date:* November 24, 2014 at 8:09:41 AM PST
*To:* mike_at_(domainremoved)
*Subject:* *WEST 2014 Summary and Survey*
*Reply-To:* info_at_(domainremoved)

                      Dear friend,

Thank you for participating in Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV)'s summit,* WEST
2014: Net Positive Call to Action*. At this year's summit, over 250
attendees explored a wide array of net positive projects from the City of
Lancaster to SF Bay Area Super Bowl 50. At the summit, SSV announced a
new action-based
initiative,* Net Positive Bay Area*, with the audacious goal of creating *a net
positive region by 2050*.

 Photo by Puliatti Photographic
 During the summit, attendees broke out into targeted topics for
for Action*; learned about* Economic Opportunities: Financing Green
Infrastructure*; heard about new solutions from entrepreneurs as they
pitched their* Call for Solutions*; and exhibitors showcased their
organizations and products.

At the summit, attendees were introduced to innovative concepts and
strategies, made connections, and embarked on new collaborations. We're
excited to share highlights from the day.
Marianna Grossman, Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley, set the
tone of the day by asking the participants to be here in an active way and
to be bold. Gil Friend, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Palo Alto,
introduced climate change as an interconnected problem that calls for
integrated solutions. "Sustainability is a team sport," he said, "and it
will take all of our participation and collaboration to solve it."
Steve Hipskind, Chief of the Earth Science Division at NASA-Ames Research
Center, gave a climate science update. Projections show increasing heat,
drought and disruption. NASA takes the pulse for the planet, collects data
about the earth, and makes that data available to the public globally
through NEX (NASA Earth Exchange).
Keynote speaker Mayor R. Rex Parris, of Lancaster, CA, told the story
of Lancaster
and how it is on-track to be among the* first net zero cities in the world*,
plus it will have the most solar power per resident in the state. Parris
believes that *climate change will be solved in neighborhoods*, not at the
federal level; after all, the Mayor's office controls building permits, and
to make a net zero city, you need net zero buildings. Next year, a new
Lancaster law will require a solar panel installation on every new home. The
Mayor also drew attention to two companies that worked on his net zero
house project: *BYD-America* provides batteries and has created an electric
bus that can travel for 300 miles, and *KB homes* which has moved beyond
building net zero energy homes and they are now starting to build homes
that also drastically cut water use, with systems that capture and reuse
  Elan Scheinman, Vice Chair of Board, Sustainable Silicon Valley,
*Net Positive Bay Area*, an action-based initiative to enable the Bay Area
to produce more energy than it consumes, sequester more carbon than it
emits, and use only locally available water resources.

This is a project-based initiative, which focuses on *tangible steps and
measurable results* to ensure the area is moving toward achieving these
goals by 2050, and thorough documentation will enable other communities to
replicate these efforts and help solve climate change.
   *Net Positive Bay Area Projects:*

   - *NASA-Ames Research Park: Protocols for Building and Technical System
   - *Dr. Daniel Rasky, Chief, Space Portal, NASA-Ames Research Center

   - *East Palo Alto Neighborhood: Community Engagement and Offset Funding
   - *Brent Butler, Community Planning, City of East Palo Alto

   - *SF Bay Area Super Bowl 50 in 2016: Delivering a Major Event in a Net
   Positive Way *- Neill Duffy, Sustainability Advisor, San Francisco Bay
   Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee in Feb. 2016

*Demetra McBride gave a brief overview of Silicon Valley 2.0, a
geo-economic tool to help decision-makers evaluate the costs of climate
impact on infrastructure, public health and well-being. Policy-makers can
use this to determine replacement costs, revenue impacts, and changes in
operability of infrastructure assets for responsible climate adaptation

 Photo by Puliatti Photographic
 The 11 Conversations for Action were dynamic and lively! SSV note-takers
documented the discussions and we hope you will continue the conversation
on SSV's LinkedIn group:

   - Transportation

   Connie McGee, Enterprise Rideshare

   Brian Shaw, Stanford University, Dept. of Transportation

   Linda Furnas, 511.org
   - Recycled Water
   Garth Hall, SCVWD, Deputy Operating Officer

   Kerrie Romanow, City of San José, Dept of Env. Services
   - Net Positive - Cities

   Mayor R. Rex Parris

   Gil Friend, City of Palo Alto

   Brent Butler, City of East Palo Alto

   Net Positive - Events

   Neill Duffy, SF Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

   Adam Stern, Executive Director, Acterra
   - Net Positive - Campus

   David Kaneda, Integral Group

   Michael Hirahara, LinkedIn

   Renewable Energy:Building Pathways to Local Renewables

   Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition

   Margaret Bruce, Manzanita Consulting

   Martha Amram, CEO, WattzOn
   - Renewable Energy: Energy Storage/Distributed Power

   Asim Hussain, Bloom Energy

   Kevin Kuhn, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)

   Geo Engineering

   Dr. Robert Chatfield, NASA,

   Dr. Leslie Field, Ice911
   - Data & Metrics

   Thomas Odenwald, SAP, Sr. VP Sustainability Strategy

   Dave Rosenheim, The Climate Registry

   Rachael Terada, Center for Resource Solutions

   DIY Climate Action

   Sandra Slater, Cool City Challenge

   Eric Rosenblum, Sustainable San José 3D District 3

 Water infrastructure is going through a revolution. This panel discussed
water infrastructure, financing, upkeep, and opportunities. There are a few
different paths for financing large-scale potable water infrastructure on
the Peninsula - impact investing, asset managers like BlackRock, and green
bonds. Moderated by San Mateo County Board of Supervisor President Dave
Pine, Chad Spitler of Blackrock, Lauryn Agnew, Bay Area Impact Investing
Initiative, John Stufflebean, City of Sunnyvale, and Garth Hall, Santa
Clara Valley Water District explored financing and structural options for
regional management of water resources. SB 628
State Senator Jim Beall enables enhanced infrastructure financing districts
which would help the County of San Mateo build shared recycled water
facilities and pipelines. It would also help Bay Area cities create bonds
to finance sea level rise infrastructure.
  Photo by Puliatti Photographic
 Photo of Call For Solutions judges and participants at WEST.

*Gold Prize:* Sustainable Production of Industrial Sugars - Presented
by David Smernoff - from


*Silver Prize:* Sustainability Base Gray Water Recycling System - presented
by Michael Flynn

*Bronze Prize:* SeaWave Battery. -- presented by Gail Work - from One
Earth Ventures Inc.

*Judges:* Drew Clark, IBM Venture Capital Group, Hon. Rick DeGolia, Vice
Mayor Atherton, Michael Hirahara, LinkedIn, and Ashwini Kantak, City of San
José .

*Referee*: Dr. Anthony Strawa, NASA.

Ray Martin, Board President, Sustainable Silicon Valley, thanked attendees
for participating in WEST 2014: Net Positive call for Action and shared a
vision of a net positive region and world.

Thank you for again for your interest, participation, and contribution to *WEST
2014: Net Positive Call to Action*. We look forward to celebrating
Sustainable Silicon Valley's 15th Anniversary at WEST 2015.

If you are inspired by the Net Positive Initiative, please consider making
a donation
or becoming a partner
support our work.

Best Regards,

Marianna Grossman
Executive Director

*WEST 2014: *
 *Net Positive Call to Action *
 *Quotes from the Summit*

 "You don't solve these issues alone; you solve them together."
- Gil Friend, City of Palo Alto

 "Silicon Valley is about hope and solutions."
- Marianna Grossman, Sustainable Silicon Valley

 "By 2100, if we don't do something, it's gonna get pretty hot!"
- Steve Hipskind, NASA-Ames Research Center

 "Lancaster can produce more kW from the sun than any place on earth."
- Hon. R. Rex Parris,
Mayor of Lancaster

 "Decisions that have impact need to happen on a city level."
- Elan Scheinman, Sustainable Silicon Valley

 "We have to look at what we produce, consume and how we get around."
- Brent Butler, East Palo Alto

 "We're not just hosting the Super Bowl. We're redefining it."
- Neill Duffy, Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

 "We want renewables to replace petroleum-based transportation."
- Craig Lewis, Clean Coalition

 "We consume 50% more than what our planet can sustain in a given year."
- Kyle Lemle, Global Footprint Network

 "Individual action can and does make a difference." - Marc Warsowe,
AquaPedal LLC

"If you missed WEST 2014, you missed some awesome!"
- Gil Friend, City of Palo Alto
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