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Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

Jesuits Convene Task Force on Ecology

The Society of Jesus' Task Force on Ecology held its inaugural meeting in early July, outlining recommendations and a road map for the body to follow over the next several months. Father General Adolfo Nicolás authorized the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat to convene the task force so that a decree emphasizing creation and the environment could be fulfilled. The decree was handed down during the thirty fifth General Congregation, an international gathering of Jesuit representatives usually reserved for special occasions. The body, with five Jesuits and one lay person, listened to three experts in the July meeting. Former Santa Clara President and acting Secretary of Education Paul Locatelli, S.J., was slated to co-convene the task force, but was too ill to attend.

Valley Businesses Named Leading Renewable Energy Customers

Two Silicon Valley-based corporations are among the U.S. EPA's top 10 green power purchasers. Both Intel Corporation and Cisco Systems, Inc. were included in the list that recognized 50 green power partners across the country. Intel was fingered as the largest single purchaser of green power, using more than 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours, or equivelant to the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 125,000 average American homes. In all, the 50 green power partners used about 12 billion kWh of renewable energy, or approximately the same amount of energy consumed by 1 million average American Homes.

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas and low-impact hydropower. Purchasers of green power reduce the need for carbon-emitting energy sources and accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide.

Other organizations in the top 10 include Kohl's Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, the Cities of Houston and Dallas, Dell Inc., Johnson & Johnson, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Air Force.

To learn more about the leading green power purchasers, check out the list.

Recycled Water a Cool Topic at Industry Forum

Sustainable Silicon Valley is hosting an event to explore uses for recycled water in local industry. The program will bring together valley companies, water experts and water agencies to discuss how to use reclaimed water in cooling towers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to give feedback on the web presence of EcoCloud, a project that promotes industrial use of recycled water in Silicon Valley. IBM, SAP, San Jose State University, Symantec and Cisco Systems are among the companies to be present. The event will take place August 13 from 8:30am-12:00pm at Cisco Systems. Admission is free upon registration.

To learn more and register, visit the event page.

Entrepreneurs to Shine Light on Renewable Energy

Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society will feature business plan summary presentations for this year's Global Social Benefit Incubator focus, "Renewable Energy for the Underserved." Twelve entrepreneurs will help the center's three-year initiative to focus on renewable energy by exploring topics like second generation bio-fuels and energy-saving devices in their plans. The GSBI program at Santa Clara pairs classwork with Silicon Valley mentors to build a foundation for sustainability using social ventures. The event will take place August 26 from 8:00am-6:15pm in the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activities Center.

To learn more and RSVP, visit the event page.

Local Company Hosts Energy Competition

Mountain View-based Ennovationz is hosting a Greenathon Contest to reduce energy consumption via conservation practices and upgrades. Participating households can sign up for a gree account on Ennovationz.com and receive a free telephone audit session. Groups, such as employees from a business, then compete with other groups to reduce their collective energy consumption. Ennovation uses automated tools to aggregate energy bills from participants to track energy savings. Members of groups with the highest participation can win an LCD TV and two iPads. Nonprofit groups can win up to a $10,000 charitable donation. The contest runs through September 3, 2010.

To learn more, visit the contest website.

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