Current SSV Projects
SSV WET (Water, Environment, Technology) Talks feature fascinating speakers presenting provocative ideas with extensive time reserved for Q&A. Our first event featured former State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. We will soon be announcing WET Talk #2.
Optimizing Urban Traffic (OUT)
In partnership with CITY/COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS OF SAN MATEO COUNTY (C/CAG) and City of Menlo Park, SSV is excited to begin the Optimizing Urban Traffic (OUT) project. Leveraging emerging communication (V2I) and AI/machine learning, a new layer of traffic management will provide individual drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians with real-time traffic information via smartphone apps. This will provide test drivers in the Menlo Park area a first-of-a-kind traffic light assistance (TLA), essentially a prediction of the timing of a green light for each traffic light that they approach. The TLA apps should allow drivers to move more efficiently, with increased ease and peace of mind, while saving fuel and reducing emissions.
SmartTA (White Paper)
The linkage between traffic, air quality, and human health is becoming stronger with new reports emphasizing it appearing daily. The City of East Palo Alto is positioned to encounter the worst of this pollution because one of the main corridors for traffic to get from the East Bay to Silicon Valley and back is situated in the middle of East Palo Alto. SmartTA will make air quality and traffic measurements in the area to identify any links and communicate these results to the community and local governments so that they can become active and well-informed partners to identify and evaluate policies that will reduce air pollution and exposure to harmful emissions.
SSV’s Water(Round)Table framework takes deep dives into some of the tough issues around wise water use & reuse, dedicated to the premise that wider-spread understanding makes for problem-solving stakeholders. Satelite treatment system architecture, public & private system interconnections, intergovernmental issues, sensible stormwater management are some of the topics in store.
The Fossil Free Building Coalition
SSV is part of the Fossil Free Building Coalition along with Menlo Spark, 350 Silicon Valley, Acterra, Carbon Free Silicon Valley, and many others working hard to advance REACH Codes, amendments above and beyond standard building codes designed to drastically lower carbon emissions and improve air quality in buildings. Menlo Park was one of the first cities to pass a REACH code and the City of Burlingame recently became the 31st jurisdiction in California to adopt a REACH code, adding major rebuilds (more than 50% of building value) for existing building remodels.