Dear Friends of SSV,
It’s an inspiring thing to see from up close—local Bay Area sustainability, non-profit, and environmental groups are coming together, aligning interests, and exploring new collaborations. As we each find our own strategy to navigate the daily news, it is important to feel a renewed sense of community. Organizations are are seeking common ground as well as retaining focus on our specific missions.
A clear example of this shift occurred last month when the Executive Director of Acterra, Adam Stern, convened several groups together in Silicon Valley: Acterra, Menlo Spark, Carbon-Free Palo Alto, Carbon-Free MountainView, and Carbon-Free Silicon Valley, and Sustainable Silicon Valley (see photo above). The attending organizations do a reasonably good job of coordinating activities but we took this opportunity to explore how we could do more together and expand our collaborations. The topic was how to decarbonize the economy. I look forward to continuing the conversation when we meet again in a few months and exploring fundraising possibilities.
Similarly, Sustainable Contra Costa (SCOCO) is spearheading a joint effort along with Sustainable North Bay and Sustainable Marin to bring all the Bay Area “sustainable community” organizations together for the first time. SCOCO volunteer and meeting organizer Mark Westwind has arranged for us to gather on May 18th at the James Irvine Foundation Conference Center in Oakland. The goals of the gathering include exploring opportunities for regional collaboration and coordination. Mark reports that 19 "sustainable community" groups and over 30 representatives are planning to attend and SCOCO is continuing to reach out to "sustainable community" groups in the nine Bay Area counties. For more information, contact Mark Westwind at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day celebrations are also taking on an unifying spirit. The Palo Alto Earth Day celebration is bringing together the Cities of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, many nonprofits, and the community at large. Visit us at the SSV booth and participate in the “Great Race for Saving Water”. Also, SSV is marching and will have a booth at the San Jose March for Science in San Jose which culminates in a rally at Silicon Valley Comic Con’s free outdoor festival-- the most unexpected collaboration yet! The March for Science brings together organizations that recognize the value of science and research-based solutions in addressing environmental and policy issues.
Hope to see you on Saturday! We will be live tweeting at @sustainableSV. And let us know if you have a story of collaboration to share.
Sustainable Silicon Valley