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Feb. 2, 2011 SDF Corporate Sustainability

On Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum presented as part of their Green and Clean Evening Series “The State of Corporate Sustainability.” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated Michael Beutler of SAP, Joyce Dickerson of Stanford University, Brian Goncher of Deloitte, Bruce Klafter of Applied Materials and Andrew Williamson of Physic Ventures. Building sustainability into an organization’s DNA improves efficiency, competitiveness and profitability.

Reaching sustainability is as much an attitude as a process. Any organization can benefit from rethinking how it does business. Examine your costs. Can you eliminate travel by teleconferencing? Would it be better to have all your employees in the same geographic location or time zone? Can social networking internally and externally increase communication and productivity? How much office space do you really need? Is there a service than can be delivered with less energy or product with less packaging? If you convert most of your information to online, can you reduce your costs with more energy efficient IT centers?

Beyond your company, can you offer services that help your customers be more efficient and sustainable than their competitors? Anticipate their need and you will beat the competition.

For more information check out James Downey’s article.

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Oct. 28, 2010 SDF Stimulus Report Card

On Thursday, October 28, 2010 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum presented as part of its Green and Clean Evening Series “A Report Card on the Stimulus Package.” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated panelists Chris Dier of Solaria, Corwin Hardham of Makani Power, Mark Iwanowski of Trident Capital, Dr. John T. Kelly of Altex Technologies and Seth Miller of DBL Investors.

Federal stimulus in high technology goes back to the Cold War and has paid back its investment many times. The panel discussed the recent impact of the $787 billion stimulus bill on green and clean technology. It was a collection of tax benefits, entitlements, contract, grants and loans that is now bearing fruit. There are several quite visible in changes in Silicon Valley. Tesla Motors received a $465 million award from the US Department of Energy and they are now hiring at the old NUMMI plant in Fremont. Down the street is Solyndra who will be opening a solar panel plant with a $535 million award. Brightsource has another award of $1.4 billion. Last week in California, the government approved the construction of the largest solar panel facility on federal land in the Mojave Desert. Wind turbines are going up all over the country. Corwin Hardham of Makani Power demonstrated a new way to generate power using aircraft.

People need to remember that stimulus money is just that and not a subsidy like that given to older existing energy companies. It can take a long time for research and development money to result in new business and jobs. Only a consistent political commitment to new technology will result in consistent returns of investment to the public.

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Aug. 5, 2010 SDF Water Crisis

On Thursday, August 5, 2010 in Menlo Park at Orrick, the SDForum Green and Clean Evening Series presented “The Water Crisis: An Update on the Challenges in Water Efficiency and Treatment?” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated panelists Anup Jacob of Virgin Green Fund, Bill Kocher of Santa Cruz Water Department, City of Santa Cruz, Bruce Keiser of Cohesive Ventures and Tamin Pechet of Banyan Water.

The panel talked about the global water crisis and what could be done about better water efficiency and treatment. Americans don’t think much about how much water because on average they pay little for it. The cost is higher elsewhere. Around the world over two billion people don’t have safe drinking water or proper sanitation.

Most water is used for agriculture with hundreds of million of dollars spent on dams, canals, pipelines, pumps and all the energy to keep it running. The current California system of extraction is not sustainable must be replaced with systems that reclaim or desalinate water.

We must manage the demand for water the way we manage the demand for electricity. This is where entrepreneurs can step in. Most water utilities have infrastructure that is near a century old and needs upgrading as badly as the technology networks to manage it. There are opportunities for companies offering better data collection and analysis. The challenge is putting together an experienced team. Investing in water is not like investing in software. Investors need to commit to nearly ten years before they might see an exit.

James Downey of Dell  has written a summary of this event at:


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May 6, 2010 SDF Green Supply Chains

On Thursday, May 6, 2010 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum presented its Green and Clean Evening Series: “The Modern Green Supply Chain ? Marrying Profitability & Sustainability?” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated panelists Judy Glazer of Hewlett-Packard, Stephen Meller of Procter and Gamble, Jamie O’Halloran of GXS, Alex Salkever of Picarro, and Andrew Williamson of Physic Ventures.

They discussed the information and communications technology (ICT) industry efforts to create sustainable supply chains using the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) guidelines. Opportunities exist for companies like Picarro, which can take a sample of a product and determine if it is a green product or not. HP has been examining its supply chain and improving efficiencies for over twenty years. P&G developed coldwater detergents that eliminate the need for heating water and save energy. GXC and Physic Ventures constantly look at the logistics from a green perspective knowing in the long run it may not only save money, but make it.

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