Dear Friends,

Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) is a “think & do” tank focused on improving air and water quality, sustainability and equity in a decarbonizing Bay Area. Below are select highlights from 2019. SSV positively impacted a range of issues from understanding the nuances of air quality and traffic patterns to encouraging 76-year “win-win-win” water reuse agreements. We believe we’re well-positioned for roaring success in 2020! 

Of course, making our part of the world a better place takes a good bit of doing and a few resources. Please support us with a year-end tax-deductible contribution or mail us a check at Sustainable Silicon Valley at 720 S Wolfe Road,  #215, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Part of a workplace giving plan? Find us through Charity Navigator or your company’s list.
Thank you so much for your support and here’s to an even better future. We wish you Joy & Happiness this Holiday Season!

-Jennifer Thompson & Dennis Murphy

Select 2019 SSV Highlights…

  • SSV successfully designed, built, deployed and operated air quality sensors in East Palo Alto investigating the impacts of pass-through traffic upon the local community. We look forward to sharing our findings in early 2020 and are planning to continue this type of important work correlating traffic and local air quality data in future projects.
  • In 2019, SSV held our biggest event yet, Rains to Bay. It featured a fascinating array of speakers and panelists across the water spectrum capped by anti-sea-level risers San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and our illustrious keynote, Pacific Institute Co-Founder, MacArthur Fellow, climate hero and Dante scholar Dr. Peter Gleick. 
  • Our 2020 event, WaterPalooza, has just been announced for Friday, May 15th in Palo Alto. Save the date! Registration will open up  in the New Year. Get set for a mighty big show.
  • SSV is also launching our Water(Round)Table framework in early 2020. We’ll be taking on a portfolio of persistent “last mile” water sustainability issues that really need to be settled. Keep an eye out for interviews, workshops and brown-bag briefings in the New Year.
  • SSV joined over 25 local organizations in the Campaign for Fossil Free Buildings in Silicon Valley. It was an extraordinarily successful effort, as over 20 cities in California passed building codes encouraging clean electric power, with more to come in January. SSV Program Manager Bruce Naegel spoke at multiple city council meetings to educate leaders and communities.

To accomplish all the work above, SSV added three new key members to our team including SSV’s Board Chair Andrew “Drew” Clark as Air Quality & Mobility Director, SSV Board Member Dr. Anthony Strawa as Chief Scientist, and longtime SSV Advisor Dennis Murphy coming on to run the Water Program.