Let’s Do Something about Climate Change
What can we do here in Silicon Valley to meet the most profound global challenge of our time? Plenty!
SSV has three main programs aimed at tackling climate change. Two programs, Energy and Water, focus on simple reduction strategies, including the use of pilot projects to effect change. Our third program, called Communities of Practice, promotes ways of sharing knowledge and best practices so you have the tools you need to bring about change.
Over the last decade, SSV partners who participate in our voluntary CO2 emissions reduction initiative have consistently lowered CO2 emissions at a faster rate than their counterpart organizations. We expect similar results in water usage as our newer Water reduction initiative develops a track record. Join us today and do something about climate change right here in Silicon Valley.
AGU Presents Climate Change Science for Communities and Institutions
NASA Earth science is providing information at appropriate geospatial scales to help businesses, institutions, and local and regional communities plan for and adapt to future environmental impacts of climate change. American Geophysical Union invites submissions that present current Earth science data acquisition, research, and analytical methodology in contexts that bring climate science into focus for practical applications and actions stemming from sustainability policy and supporting strategies. Topics include research on physical and biological CC impacts, understanding regional and global linkages, adaptation strategies for natural and built environments, institutional approaches and case studies leading to mitigation and improved resilience. Abstract submission concludes 4 August. To submit, review the Abstract Submission Policies here.
Energy and CO2 Emissions
SSV manages a voluntary program for partners to track and reduce their CO2 emissions. SSV has set a 2010 goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% based on 1990 levels, to 10,740,000 tons for the year. That’s equivalent to taking 1,778,146 vehicles off our roads. To learn more, click here.
To address the growing water crisis in our region, SSV provides a voluntary program for partners to track and reduce their water usage. To learn more, click here.
Communities of Practice
Making sure you have what you need to make a difference is an important part of our mission. We provide educational forums for building awareness and knowledge on a range of topics, Green Teams for sharing best practices, an EcoCouncil for executive sharing of sustainability strategies, and Environmentally Preferred Purchasing for government agencies. For more information, click here.
A virtual space where business leaders and facility managers can work with technology innovators, researchers, and government agencies to make enterprises more sustainable and profitable. Drawing on the latest social networking tools, participants can collaborate, learn, plan, and make valuable connections. Sign Up to learn more.
Sustainability Leaders Forum
Building the capacity and effectiveness of sustainability leaders by sharing best practices and presenting expert knowledge about sustainability. Forum meetings feature peer-to-peer learning, expert instruction and opportunities to network and explore issues of common concern. Justine Burt, Principal at Justine Burt and Associates says: "The Sustainable Leaders Forum is SSV at its best. This well organized program elevates regional sustainability efforts by giving sustainability change agents a forum to share their wisdom". To read more, click here.