California State Capitol in Sacremento

Dear friends,

On the same day as SSV's successful water event Navigating Bay Area Water which brought together over 170 water leaders, Governor Jerry Brown signed two water bills into law. SB 606 and AB 1668 establish guidelines for efficient water use and a framework for the implementation and oversight of the new standards. The two bills strengthen the state’s water resiliency in the face of future droughts. We were thrilled to have been able to announce this news at the water event.

This summer several important environmental bills are being brought forward in the California legislature that are critical to SSV's work. For the past several years, SSV has been a big proponent of onsite non-potable water, and we are actively supporting SB 966 (Wiener) Onsite Treated Non-potable Water Systems. With a focus on building emissions, we are encouraged SB 1477 (Stern) Low-emissions Buildings and Sources of Heat Energy and AB 3232 (Friedman) Zero-Emissions Buildings and Sources of Heat Energy are moving ahead. And, since renewables are critical to SSV's Net Positive 2050 goals, we are pleased SB 100 (De León) California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: Emissions of Greenhouse Gases is advancing. We will keep you updated on the progress of these bills. Please contact us if you'd like to learn more. 

-Jennifer Thompson
Executive Director

SacramentoBee: Get ready to save water
"In preparation for the next drought and our changing environment, we must use our precious resources wisely," Brown said in a statement. "We have efficiency goals for energy and cars – and now we have them for water.”

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KQED News: South Bay Salt Ponds: It’s Not Pretty, Yet
About two years ago, Bay Area voters passed Measure AA, a regional $12 per year parcel tax, by nearly 70%. Over the next 20 years, this tax is expected to raise $500 million for wetland restoration. Now part of that money is getting put to use… 

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SSV blog: Energy and Sustainability Startup Companies
Plug and Play’s Summer Summit 2018 featured Energy and Sustainability startup companies to promote and accelerate their clients’ startup companies. Their main office is in Sunnyvale CA and they have branches around the world. 

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SSV Blog: All Electric Home, Dream Delivered Today
As the grid has cleaner electricity, the All Electric Home becomes more relevant. Cities like Palo Alto and those in the Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) service area have carbon-free electricity today. 

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Environmental Sustainability Task Force
June 26 at 5PM, Mountain View City Hall

Since September 2017, a group of about 30 Mountain View residents has been working on the update to the Mountain View Sustainability Plan. This plan will be officially presented to the City Council on June 26 at the Mountain View City Hall. The study session starts at 5:00 PM.

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Northern California Facilities/Managing Green Buildings Expo and Conference
September 26-27, 2018, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA:

This free event, consisting of expo and conference, is directed to the interests of facilities engineers and managers, maintenance engineers and managers, and energy professionals in the region.  

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Jennifer Thompson
Executive Director
Cynthia Clark
Senior Water Director
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