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Joint Venture's Climate Protection Task Force Starting Emissions Inventories

Joint Venture's Climate Protection Task Force has negotiated a volume discount agreement with The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) to provide consulting services for Silicon Valley cities and other government entities looking to inventory emissions of greenhouse gases from their operations. ICLEI is offering a substantial discount on their consulting services — once the Task Force signs up at least 20 government agencies.

The Task Force, formed earlier this year, has already taken its first step: 20 cities participated in a workshop held in the city of San Mateo on Sept. 7 to measure their community-wide emissions. Pacific Gas & Electric, local waste management districts, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission brought data for each community to the workshop.

Click here for more information on the Climate Protection Task Force.

Grand Boulevard Task Force Honors El Camino Improvement Projects

Grand Boulevard

Grand Boulevard, Joint Venture’s initiative to revive El Camino Real throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, will honor six civic improvement projects at a celebration Thursday, Nov. 8. The six projects, all on or near El Camino, are: Redwood City’s Downtown Precise Plan, Sunnyvale’s Precise Plan for El Camino Real, Daly City’s Top of the Hill Improvements, Colma/San Mateo County’s Trestle Glen at El Camino, Redwood City’s Villa Montgomery, and Daly City’s War Memorial. The event will take placde from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, and the public is warmly welcome (RSVP required).

Click here to download the full invitation to the event, and here for more on Grand Boulevard.

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PG&E Awards $10,000 to Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Prospector

Silicon Valley ProspectorPacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded a $10,000 grant to Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Prospector, an interactive Web site that helps businesses find available commercial real estate for relocation and expansion. The award is part of PG&E’s Economic Development Grants Program, which has provided over $1.7 million to 325 projects in the past six years. “PG&E is committed to supporting the economic health of communities in which we live and work,” said Helen Burt, senior vice president and chief customer officer for PG&E, in announcing the grants on Oct. 11. “We believe the selected projects will be the most effective in making a positive difference in dozens of communities throughout northern and central California for years to come.”

Click here to visit Silicon Valley Prospector.

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Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Marty Tenenbaum

Smart Valley Board of Directors

Marty Tenenbaum

Marty Tenenbaum is a restless thinker, scientist and entrepreneur who has launched a string of successful Silicon Valley companies, including Enterprise Integration Technologies, the first company to conduct a commercial Internet transaction back in 1992; Veo System; Webify; and CommerceNet, where he is now CEO. With a Ph.D. from Stanford University in artificial intelligence, Tenenbaum is a forceful leader of Joint Venture’s Smart Valley and Smart Health initiatives.

Click here to learn more about Marty Tenenbaum.