Sustainability Speaker Series

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The Cupertino Sustainability Commission  invites you to join them in a series of inspirational and educational talks.  

Zero Waste Home with Bea Johnson 

September 23rd, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm in Community Hall 

In a visually-rich and upbeat presentation, Bea shares her tribulations and secrets to achieving Zero Waste. She covers the importance of applying her 5R's in order (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot) and shatters misconceptions, proving that the Zero Waste lifestyle can not only be "stylish", but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings. She manages to talk about her personal journey with humor and without 

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preaching. She brings an intimidating topic down to a manageable scale, lending a unique perspective and making Zero Waste less daunting. Her non-judgmental approach will inspire self-reflection and change. Bea talks about her lifestyle with passion and provides many practical solutions to living simply and reducing waste, but more importantly, finding happiness in our consumerist society.

About Bea Johnson: Since 2008, Bea Johnson and her family have embraced a zero-waste lifestyle, producing one jar of trash per year. With her blog and bestselling book Zero Waste Home, translated in more than 25 languages, Bea launched a global movement. Widely featured in the media and dubbed "The Mother of the Zero Waste Lifestyle Movement" by CNN, Bea is the leading spokesperson for this lifestyle. With speeches in 65+ countries on 6 continents, she has spoken at Google, Starbucks, United Nations, and completed 19 international tours. She is a French native living in California.

Electrification as a Solution to Climate Change

October 18th, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm in Community Hall 

Global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. Professor Mark Jacobson discusses the development of technical and economic roadmaps to convert energy infrastructures of buildings, towns, cities, states, and countries to those powered with 100% wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) combined with electricity, heat, cold, and hydrogen storage and energy efficiency. Results showing the ability of the grid to remain stable in each of 20 world regions at low cost under 100% WWS scenarios are also discussed. Aside from mitigating global warming, these roadmaps have potential to eliminate 4-7 million air pollution deaths annually, create millions more jobs than lost worldwide, stabilize energy prices, reduce catastrophic risk, and reduce international conflict over energy. Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey will share Silicon Valley Clean Energy's efforts to procure carbon free electricity and the vision to decarbonize. 

Sustainability Speaker Series - Decarbonization

NASA Ames Sustainability Base

April 12th, 2018, 6:30pm-8:00pm in Community Hall

Dr. Rosalind Grymes spoke about the intention behind the design and construction of Sustainability Base, an award winning and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum 50,000 square foot facility, which was completed in 2011 at NASA Ames Research Center.