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Spring is arriving in Silicon Valley.

The recent storms and floods in the Midwest, fires in the west, and the prospect of Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area present opportunities to plan for and invest in rebuilding that is regenerative and resilient.

Can we design systems for food, water, energy, buildings, transportation, and waste capture and reuse that enable communities to become greener, healthier and to withstand the onslaught of increasing climate disruption? Do we have the fortitude to invest capital ahead of disasters or to change codes to ensure that new projects anticipate likely harms coming? Most local decision-making discounts future costs and accommodates short term priorities. Managed retreat is an example of a strategy that is very difficult to implement. Retreat after disaster has hit is a more likely and much more expensive outcome. What will it take for communities and their leaders to change?

Read more on Minerva's View blog.

Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) 2019 Sustainability Awards were presented to individuals, community groups and businesses that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices at SSMC’s 20th Annual Awards Dinner on April 4, 2019.

Award winners announced here!
City of Palo Alto, Great Race for Saving Water & Earth Day Festival
Celebrating Palo Alto's 125th Birthday!
Saturday, April 13, 9am - 1pm (Race starts at 9am)
Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center

 
For details and to register, cityofpaloalto.org/earthday
Green Programs on Hot Topics 2019
Presented by Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame

1. How Climate Change Will Cost You Money, Thursday, April 18 at 7pm
2. Design Your Own Native Plant Landscape, Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm
3. How Gray Water Can Cut Your Water Use and Save Money, Thursday, June 20 at 7pm
4. What You Can Do About the Plastic Pollution Crisis, Tuesday, September 24 at 7pm
5. New Technology That Can Save Water, Energy and Money, Thursday, October 17 at 7pm

These programs are free and open to the public. 
Please click here for more details.

You are invited to our ´No-Fly´ Climate Conference 2019  on Monday 22 April 2019 at 14:00-18:00 (Central European Time) and the exciting launch of our Social Network for Climate Action. This event marks the launch of a movement for a safe future, and we are actively involving everyone working to remedy the climate crisis.

Register today and you will be among the first in the world to get access to our social network for climate action.

Join The ClimateMusic Project for an evening of ideas on April 22 at the Montalvo Arts Center, as part of the ArtistConnect Lecture Series. 

Planning for Rising Waters: Sea level, Groundwater, and the Bay Edge
by Prof. Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley
Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 - 8:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments)

Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater and the City of Palo Alto are pleased to present this presentation and discussion at the Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room.
It is free, but please register here.  
 
Wed., May 22, 2019 at 5:30pm
Business Environmental Awards Ceremony and Reception at Bay Area Metro Center, San Francisco

The ClimateMusic Project will showcase a screening of Erik Ian Walker’s Climate . Click here for details.

Plus other great Acterra events, including EV workshops throughout the area.
Prospect Silicon Valley's 2019 Innovation and Impact Symposium: Transforming California with Clean Technology is happening on June 19, 2019 at the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro. More info.

Keynote speakers include Jared Blumenfeld, California's new Secretary for Environmental Protection.
Sustainable Electricity is edited by Jessica Fox and Morgan Scott of EPRI, published in October  2018 by Springer. Minerva founder, Marianna Grossman wrote Chapter 9, on Silicon Valley Innovations, featuring case studies based on personal interviews with HP, Inc., VMware, Facebook, Google and Stanford University. Find about the extensive action that each company is taking to meet their goals for carbon neutral energy.  Available online now.
Minerva Ventures is a consulting firm that works with established and new companies, communities and leaders from all sectors to create strategies and to implement plans that will help them thrive in an uncertain future. We bring insights from systems thinking to drive towards solutions that enhance resilience and success.

For more information visit our website: minervaventures.com

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