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A LETTER FROM OUR CEO

At Joint Venture we take climate change so seriously that we have assembled the nation’s largest public-sector partnership for the purchase of renewable energy and the related technologies.

The project is creating hundreds of jobs and more than 14.4 Megawatts in solar capacity, and you can learn all about it in our May newsletter.

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You’ll also learn about some interesting programs we have coming up, and more.

We love having your feedback, and we’re so glad you are part of our regional effort.

Sincerely,

Russell Hancock
President & Chief Executive Officer
Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network

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THIS MONTH

Joint Venture announces nation’s largest energy purchase plan

Joint Venture has brought together Santa Clara County, six partnering cities, Valley Transportation Authority, and Rethink Waste in a partnership to purchase renewable energy. The partnership dramatically reduces costs for the participants and puts a major dent in our region’s greenhouse gas emissions. More cities will be added in coming months, but the Silicon Valley partnership is already the largest multi-jurisdiction collaboration of its kind in the United States.

The purchase plan will create a total solar capacity in excess of 14.4 Megawatts (MW) and will include renewable power for 70 sites across 43 separate locations. The project is expected to create as many as 450 “green” jobs. When Phase I is completed in 2011, this project will have the environmental impact of planting more than 2,800 acres of trees, or removing over 2,600 passenger cars from the roads, or providing more than enough energy to power 2,700 California homes for a year.

Read the news release on the Santa Clara County site.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

“Reviving California” Community Summit May 1 at SJSU

There is still time to register for a “Reviving California,” a community meeting gathering hundreds this Saturday, May 1 at San Jose State University. Co-sponsored by Joint Venture, Stanford University (The Lane Center for the American West) and American Leadership Forum, the summit is part of a statewide dialogue on reform that will inform organizations like about the issues deemed most important to Silicon Valley.

The meeting grows out of Joint Venture’s partnership with ALF to bring the Silicon Valley point of view to the statewide efforts on reform.

For more information and to register, click here.

Read the event news release.

To learn more about California Forward, the organization Joint Venture helped create, click here.

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THIS MONTH

American Planning Association Honors Grand Boulevard Initiative

Grand BoulevardThe Northern California section of the American Planning Association has honored the Grand Boulevard Initiative with its 2010 Distinguished Leadership Award for organizations. The honor goes to “an organization whose efforts have contributed to elevating planning principles, creating greater awareness of the value of planning, and improving the quality of life in one or more communities.” The initiative, which is bringing meaningful changes to El Camino Real between Daly City and San Jose, was launched by Joint Venture in 2007 in partnership with SamTrans, VTA, SAMCEDA, and the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments.

All of the APA’s Northern Section 2010 award recipients will be celebrated at a dinner at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco on May 14.

To register for the event, click here.

To learn more about the Grand Boulevard Initiative, click here.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Grand Boulevard Bus Tour Envisions El Camino Real in 2030

Would you like a glimpse of what El Camino Real might look like in 20 years? Then hop on the bus with us for a tour envisioning what El Camino could be in 2030. The Grand Boulevard Initiative, Sierra Club, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, SamTrans, and Greenbelt Alliance are leading the four-hour tour to profile affordable homes near transit, opportunity sites for better pedestrian connections, and thriving downtown areas to showcase how El Camino can become a “Grand Boulevard” of homes, jobs, shops, and parks, linked by a robust transit network. The tour begins at the South San Francisco BART station at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.

For more information and to register, click here.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

“BART to San Jose” – VTA’s Michael Burns speaks to BOMA-SV May 6

Michael BurnsVTA General Manager Michael Burns will update the BART-to-San Jose project in his keynote remarks at the BOMA-Silicon Valley membership luncheon on May 6, presented in partnership with Joint Venture, Sustainable Silicon Valley, the California Apartment Association and the Tri-County Builders Association of Northern California. The event takes place at the San Jose Holiday Inn, 1740 N. First Street, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Register here.

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