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February 11, 2009 > Go green at Chamber's business forum luncheon

Go green at Chamber's business forum luncheon

By Meenu Gupta

Going Green will be the message for the day at the Milpitas Chamber's business forum luncheon on Thursday, February 19. Richard Santos, Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water), will address the gathering on how the water district can help the businesses go green. Santos will discuss the residential and commercial water conservation-related programs, rebates and present a valuable update to the business community. "The topic will be rebates of water related issues for Business people," said Santos.

The forum's business sponsor, Green Earth Engineering & Construction Inc., will have representative Sylvia Leung give an overview on "Green Building." Leung explained "When we talk about a green home, which is what I like to build, it is designed to save energy and reduce pollution, use recycled materials whenever possible, maximize the efficiency on heating systems, cooling units, and appliances."

There are so many specific features that improve the energy consumption of a home like a solar water heater, dual-pane windows, and extra insulation. For more details visit Sylvia's website at "Many green features do not really cost that much more. For example, a dual flush toilet versus a regular toilet perhaps is only $50 more" she clarified. Going green is essential to save our planet for our kids.

Considering the depleting water resources of California, an increasing number of businesses are turning to Santa Clara Valley Water District's multiple conservation programs. To cite an example, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) followed suit. VTA cut down water usage by 1.54 million gallons in the first four months of 2008 by utilizing Valley Water's free Irrigation Technical Assistance (ITAP) and Water Use Survey programs.

When Valley Water conducted assessments of 17 of VTA's facilities, it made a few recommendations. VTA implemented some recommendations like correcting major irrigation problems at transit related facilities, major leaks at light rail stations, as well as replacing older faucets with more efficient models. These Valley Water programs are free and can help businesses and schools save water, energy and money. California has had two successive dry years and forecasters are predicting another relatively dry winter ahead.

Valley Water can help conserve water through its free Water-Wise House Call Program and several water conservation related rebates for homes and businesses. Visit:

The Business Forum will begin with a networking reception from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00, followed by the luncheon, informative program and adjournment at 1 p.m. The fee is $19 for chamber members and $24 for non-members. The reservations must be received by Friday, February 13. "We prefer the payment by then too" said Gaye Morando, Executive Director, Milpitas Chamber of Commerce. The guests have to make reservations at the chamber office at (408)-262-2613.

Business Forum Luncheon
Thursday, February 19
Embassy Suites Hotel
901 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas

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