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Minerva's Marianna Grossman was in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland during the 
World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2019. 

Among many affiliated sessions, Marianna heard Jane Goodall speak on behalf of forest protection in partnership with local, indigenous communities, and announce the Jane Goodall Legacy Fund, with a US$1 million founding gift from Docusign and Docusign's CEO, Dan Springer.

Protecting forests is estimated to provide 1/3 of total CO2 reductions needed to meet 2030 GHG goals.

Student climate activist Greta Thunberg attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, taking a 32 hour train ride with her father to get there, in order to align her action with her values. She addressed the plenary session, spent the night at the Arctic Base Camp and is pictured here on a panel at the Oceans day organized by Friends of Ocean Action at the Salesforce Chalet on 24 Jan.

In this photo, she is shaking hands with the Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation. Other speakers are: Katherine Garrett-Cox, Gulf International Bank and Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)  Moderated by: Haley Edwards, Correspondent, TIME Magazine. The panel focused on ocean jobs and economy. 

She also gave a powerful speech in Brussels to the European Economic and Social Committee on 20-21 February, 2019.  She said that we must take significant action now to bend the curve to meet the goals of carbon reduction stated by the scientists. See video here.

Reuters reported: 'In a speech alongside 16-year-old Greta Thunberg in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for suggesting climate change was “invented” and “ideological”.' President Juncker pledged to have the EU spend hundreds of billions of Euros to combat climate change in the next decade. See article here.

Greta is inspiring students around the world to strike for climate action and inspiring adults to move from talk to meaningful action. Salesforce is a leader in corporate giving, employee engagement and action.

Pictured below, the Salesforce "Chalet" in Davos where Oceans Day was held on 24 Jan.

In Memorium:
We are sad to share the news that Joseph "Joe" Kott died unexpectedly earlier this month. He was a true leader in the design of sustainable communities and transportation systems. He was also a kind and caring person and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues and students. You can read more about him here
Rebuild Green Expo, a showcase for building affordable, sustainable and resilient communities
Friday, February 22, 2019, 11am - 7pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, Santa Rosa Veterans Hall
Free to the public, for more details, click here.

Minerva's Marianna Grossman will be speaking about SolarResilient project on the Clean Energy panel.
Ice911 welcomes new Executive Director, Dr. Steven Zornetzer, formerly Associate Center Director for Research at NASA Ames Research Center. Dr. Zornetzer brings vast experience in leading scientific research and applied science, which will help Ice911 scale to full deployment in record time. Read more here.

Dr. Leslie Field, Founder and CEO of Ice911; Alex Sholtz, in research and development; and Ice911's climate modeler, Subarna Bhattacharyya of Climformatics, attended the Fall 2019 American Geophysical Union conference in Washington, D.C. NOAA reports that the Arctic has lost 95% of its mature and highly reflective ice over the last three decades. Arctic Ice is an extremely powerful lever for moderating extreme climate impacts while humanity ends our addiction to fossil fuel and begins to drawdown excess carbon from the atmosphere. Ice911 is pioneering a method for protecting and restoring sea ice.
Restoring Climate Health through Innovative Solutions
By Healthy Climate Alliance (HCA)
Tuesday, February 5 at 
The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

Peter Fiekowsky and Erica Dodds of HCA shared with the audience an understanding of how companies and individuals can take strides to implement change for a healthier climate, their mission to restore the climate by reducing CO2 levels to 300 ppm and "give our children a healthy climate like our grandparents had."

Podcast of the event is here.
Save the Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 10am - 12pm
Bay Area Water Conservation and Reuse Awards & Water Conservation Showcase 
to be held at PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., San Francisco

To apply and nominate for the Awards, please click here
For exhibitor opportunities at the Showcase, please click here.
Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) 2019 Sustainability Awards will be 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.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Awards Dinner can be found on their website.
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,
SAVE THE DATE: Wed., May 22, 2019 at 5:30pm
Business Environmental Awards Ceremony and Reception at Bay Area Metro Center, San Francisco

Acterra's Silicon Valley Green Teams Spring Forum on March 27. Info here.

Also don't miss Acterra's Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 6th in Redwood City. Info & tickets here.

Plus other great events, including EV workshops throughout the area.
Save the Date: June 19, 2019
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. 
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.
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