Youth and the Climate Emergency

Photo of Climate Strike September 20, 2019 in Mountain View, CA.  Many of use recognize we have a climate emergency. However, the CoP (Conference of Parties)  in Madrid  produced little to go forward with.1  The conditions are accelerating the Climate Emergency, but we are standing aside. Instead of action, we  are letting the climate emergency […]

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Mountain View City Council

Be Thankful for REACH Codes

It is the Thanksgiving season, a time to count blessings. So, those who are concerned about minimizing GHGs (Green House Gases) are looking to REACH codes to reduce GHGs from buildings. They are thankful REACH codes can do this. So, how does that work? REACH codes amend the building code that determines how  a building […]

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The Electric Kitchen, the Final Frontier

The Electric Kitchen, the Final Frontier 1 Recently I visited two 1950s era houses in Mountain View. They are both cclose to or are emissions free. Both had projects including: –           Electric Hot Water Heating–           Heat Pump  Space Heating–           Upgraded insulation–           Electric Car support The major difference between the two homes is in the kitchen. […]

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LEED-Platinum Low Income Housing

By Bruce Naegel February 2019 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) First Community Housing (FCH) uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC)  LEED green building rating system. LEED  provides an independent standard and third-party review of sustainability measures in a project. It  is the most used and recognized rating system in the U.S. and […]

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REACH beyond Title 24 for electric new buildings

By Bruce Naegel December 2018 Cities implement REACH codes (local building ordinances) for stricter environmental standards than the standard building code (Title 24 Section 6) (1). For example, cities write REACH codes for lighting, PV solar and energy efficiency.  Then, cities release REACH codes as part of the Title 24 release. The latest Title 24 […]

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SAFE process Equipment

Can the SAFE process turn food scraps into money?

From left to right; Jennifer Thompson, SSV, Louie Pellegrini Cofounder SAFE, Bruce Naegel, SSV, Michelle Marin, SSV Lauren Swezey. Facebook, Cindy Clark, SSV SAFE stands for Sustainable Alternative Feed Enterprises.  So, the SAFE process recycles food scraps and creates products with demand within the US.   Unlike other recycling segments, this is a bright spot in the […]

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Governor Brow B-55-18

B-55-18 launches carbon neutral California

B-55-18 leads California to carbon neutrality by 2045. Yes, it is not easy. However, California leads in climate initiatives. Therefore, we need to do this for California and for all of us. B-55-18’s strong foundation First, before announcing B-55-18, Governor Brown signed SB 100. SB 100 states California’s electrical energy will be generated ONLY by […]

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Packsize CEO Hanko Kiessner

Excessive Packaging Dilemma

By Michelle Marin  September 2018 Online Shopping and Packaging The number one online shopping customer complaint is not hard to guess. It is excessive packaging. Few people will find the tale of a three-inch battery arriving in a 12″ x 9” x 6” box alarming. Indeed, many people have experienced something similar. The tech industry […]

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Blockfest 2018

By Bruce Naegel September 2018 Blockfest celebrates East Palo Alto service Blockfest is an annual celebration of services available to the residents of East Palo Alto and other nearby cities. The Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) provides this forum every year. EHP supplies a wide range of services (food, appliances, furniture, clothing and beyond) to those […]

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