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Worker on Solar Panels

Joint Venture solar power purchase plan extends into San Carlos

Impressed by the success of Joint Venture’s Renewable Energy Procurement Project, the RethinkWaste board of directors has approved a plan for a power purchase agreement to install solar panels at the Shoreway Environmental Facility in San Carlos. The new system will be capable of producing 740 kilowatts of electricity per hour and is estimated to save more than $2 million in energy costs over the next 20 years. Completion is anticipated by the end of this year.

Joint Venture launched the project in partnership with Santa Clara County in 2008 to obtain favorable pricing through regional-scale aggregated purchasing. New entrant RethinkWaste is a joint powers authority comprised of ten member cities, San Mateo County and the West Bay Sanctuary District.

Other recently approved installations on public agency facilities include the Town of Los Gatos police operations building, VTA’s bus maintenance facilities, Mountain View’s golf pro shop, and Pacifica’s community center.

Click here to read the news release.
To learn more about our Renewable Energy Procurement Project, click here.


Girl on cell phone

Joint Venture taking wireless to the head of the class

Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative (WCI) has launched an effort with the Silicon Valley Wireless Education Fund and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to promote wireless technology deployment in local schools. The effort will focus on the development of new applications that leverage the capabilities of smart devices and wireless infrastructure.

WCI director Leon Beauchman says smart devices enable highly individualized teaching and that wireless technology provides 24/7 access to information. “This technology can be a critical tool to re-engage low-performing students with learning,” he says.

“Wireless can be a competitive advantage for our region and our nation,” adds Beauchman. “Since much of the technology is being developed in Silicon Valley, we should be leaders in developing the applications that showcase its potential.”

The plan is to collaborate with local technology companies that will contribute equipment or funding to the effort. Local schools will be invited to develop innovative applications and apply for support. A team from education, business and community organizations will evaluate the proposals. The grants will be awarded during the coming school year.

To learn more about the Wireless Communications Initiative, click here.




Stanford senior Daniel Jacobson named 2011-2012 Benest Fellow

Joint Venture has named Stanford University senior Daniel Jacobson as the Benest Fellow for 2011-2012. The fellowship honors the legacy of former Palo Alto city manager and long-serving Joint Venture board member Frank Benest.

Jacobson, from Richmond, California, is majoring in urban studies. He was honored with the Dean's Award for Academic Accomplishment for his work on the Oakland Streetcar Plan, a 140-page proposal to revitalize downtown Oakland and promote smart growth. As a Benest Fellow he will write about the smart growth development potential in Silicon Valley.

Daniel Jacobson

Read more about Joint Venture fellowships here.





Women realtors hold development forum with Silicon Valley EDA on
September 13

Economic development officials from three Silicon Valley municipalities will headline a lunch hour panel on development activity September 13th in San Jose. The event is organized by the Silicon Valley chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and sponsored by Silicon Valley EDA, an arm of Joint Venture.

David Johnson of Menlo Park, Kelly Kline of Fremont and Jessica von Borck of Los Gatos will discuss how power companies like Facebook, NUMMI, Tesla and Netflix are reshaping the communities around them. Santa Clara County Economic Director Bruce Knopf will moderate the event at the Capital Club.

To register, click here.
To learn more about Silicon Valley EDA, click here.




Solar financing webinar to feature Joint Venture energy team

Joint Venture board member Ben Foster and associate director of climate initiatives Rachel Massaro will be among the presenters during a one-hour webinar titled “Innovative Solutions for Solar Financing” at 11 a.m. (PDT) on September 27.

They will discuss Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Renewable Energy Procurement Project, the largest multi-agency purchase of solar power. The webinar will also cover Sonoma County’s Comprehensive Energy Project.

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) are presenting the webinar in partnership with the Solar America Communities program. It is geared toward local government agencies considering solar power installation.

To learn more and register, click here.






September on “Inside Silicon Valley”

September guests on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs program on 1590 KLIV, include Mercury News columnist Peter Delevett, Better Place vice president Jason Wolf, San Jose economic development director Kim Walesh and Bay Conservation & Development Commission chief deputy director Steve Goldbeck.


Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, every Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

Click here to listen to podcasts of previous programs.





Article of the Month: “El Camino Real: Can planners take the high road?” – San Francisco Chronicle

Urban design critic John King took a long look at the goals and challenges of the Grand Boulevard Initiative, noting the “energetic, if sometimes chaotic…vernacular architecture” of El Camino Real.

Click here to read the article.

Click here to learn more about the Grand Boulevard Initiative.





Our September Spotlight

Erin Cooke, Environmental Affairs Coordinator, City of Cupertino, and Co-Chair, Joint Venture Public Sector Climate Task Force

Erin Cooke can pinpoint the moment she first realized she was an environmentalist. It was the day she tied herself to a tree in her back yard in Pennsylvania to stop the destruction of her favorite tree fort.

She was 5.

Cooke’s passion for conservation and sustainability has taken her on a coast-to-coast journey of education, recreation and career moves. Today Cooke is the Environmental Affairs Coordinator for the City of Cupertino, and also serves as co-chair of Joint Venture’s Public Sector Climate Task Force.

To read her full profile, click here.



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