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What are we doing?

The initiative addresses new and existing buildings, from the planning stage to operations, to identify savings opportunities. Our focal points are water, energy, and the development process.

Why are we doing it?

According to the US Green Building Council, buildings are responsible for 40% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their energy and materials use. California is in a multi-year drought and faces water shortages in the future, prompting efforts to reduce the use of potable water for interior and exterior use. Cities continue to do business with the development community in manual, paper-intensive, ways. These facts call for decisive action for change.

Who's involved?

  • Glenn Gabel, Webcor Builders, Joint Venture Board Champion
  • Harry Sim, Cypress Envirosystems, Joint Venture Board Champion
  • Joe Horwedel, City of San José, Local Government Champion
  • Public & private-sector building and sustainability managers

What are the latest developments?

  • Hosted the California Building Standards Commission on June 25 to provide building and planning officials with information on the new CALGreen Building Code - presentation available here.
  • The cities of San Jose and Santa Clara conducted electronic building plan submission pilots for several months to determine the feasibility of using such technology.
  • Promoting water conservation via the adoption of sound public policy and through the recognition of best practices, including sponsorship of the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards.
  • Organized a consortium which submitted an application for $8.2 million in funding from the California Energy Commission, to retrofit 10 million square feet of property with wireless thermostats and lighting management technology.

What are the next steps?

  • Promote retrofit activities among board member organizations and other partners
  • Explore opportunities to move more planning and building department activities online

Where do I find out more?

To learn more about the initiative, or to join a team, contact Kara Gross:

Joint Venture's Response to Climate Change

Joint Venture is actively involved in Silicon Valley's regional response to climate change. We are engaged with dozens of regional and local public and private agencies, municipalities, businesses and other stakeholders in programs and activities designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable energy and improve the quality of life for all.

Climate Prosperity Documents