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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 mark@sustainablecoco.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.


Sincerely,
 
Jennifer Thompson
Executive Director
Sustainable Silicon Valley
  HIGHLIGHTS
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KTLA, April 7, 2017
Drought is not over and water conservation must continue, Gov. Jerry Brown stated. Read the article to know more.

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    UPI, March 16, 2017
    Restoring and improving old massive infrastructure systems and underground problems will lead us to more flexible, manageable, decentralized and sustainable systems.

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      By Année Tousseau, Marketing Writer & Editor, SSV
      Go inside the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center to learn how recylced water is produced.

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        By Bruce Naegal, Director of Metrics & Research, SSV
        California leads with SB 350 and a 40% GHG reduction from 1990 levels by 2030. Read to learn about renewable power and the many steps we can take to reduce GHGs.

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          CarbonBrief, April 5, 2017
          View animation and see the IPCC estimates of how much CO2 we can emit and still keep global average temperature rise to no more than 1.5C, 2C or 3C above pre-industrial levels.

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            SSV Office Space Rental
            Join our office! SSV is looking for sustainability startups or nonprofits to share our office space in Santa Clara.

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              Jennifer Thompson
              Executive Director SSV
              jthompson@sustainablesv.org
              Cynthia Clark
              Chief Development Officer
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