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IEEE Event, Speaker Heath Blount, Brightworks

49ers’ New Levi’s Stadium: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at This Impressive Green Stadium
Monthly Meeting – Jan. 27, 2015 – TUESDAY

WhereSinbad’s Restaurant
Pier 2 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California
United States 94111

Speaker: Heath Blount, Brightworks
All sports fans are excited about the newly constructed Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. But facilities engineers will be especially interested to hear about the many green features of the impressive new stadium. This presentation will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Levi’s Stadium an important green stadium. Topics will include the stadium’s 1,162 solar panels; the high-efficiency, water-conserving toilets and sinks; the vegetative roof utilizing native plants; the use of recycled construction materials; the installation of high-efficiency LED lighting; and the electric vehicle charging stations. The speaker also will discuss that the stadium is working toward LEED for New Construction Gold certification, and may become the first NFL stadium to achieve that distinction.

SF IEEE IAS Chapter Upcoming Events: Monthly Meetings and Seminars
IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) San Francisco Chapter

SF IAS Workshop – Feb. 27, 2015 – Seminar

Seminar agenda

It’s a Day Long Seminar with many useful and current Topics:
An Introduction to NFPA 70E – 2015 Gary Fox (GE)
ATS Science Jay Tucker (GE)
Medium Voltage Generator System Grounding Chris Small (Laeverco, Post Glover)
NEC Code Article 250 – Grounding Mike Stone (NEMA) John Taecker (UL)
Utility Interconnection for Alternate Power Sources Chase Sun (PG&E) Hamid Matinpour (Mazzetti)
Elect Eng’s Solutions to T24 Compliance John Griffiths (Mazzetti) Geoffrey Yamasaki (Mazzetti)
Electrical Engineer’s Solutions to T24 Compliance Rick Miller (RNM Eng)
The Electrical Engineer’s BIM Technology Jessie Avery P.E., LEED (Mazzetti)

Bay Area’s 12th annual Going Native Garden Tour this weekend, Sat-Sun, April 26-27, 2014

Looking for ideas on making your garden water-wise this drought year? How about
low maintenance, and attractive to humans and birds and butterflies as well?
Get plenty of ideas by going on the Bay Area’s 12th annual Going Native  Garden Tour this weekend, Sat-Sun, April 26-27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a  2-day free, self-guided tour of home gardens landscaped with California native plants.
  • On Saturday, April 26, gardens from Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos and north will be open.
  • On Sunday, April 27, gardens in Santa Clara, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, and San Jose will be open.
This free self-guided tour is open to all. Registration is required; to register visit
Registration closes at 3pm on Sun, April 27. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted at Tour gardens. Garden addresses will be made available by email to registrants only. For more information, visit www.gngt.org.
I’ve gathered a small group together and carpooled from one garden to the next, this is really fun, informative and it is a great way to explore when you have a co-pilot to find the next garden!   There are two days and two areas to choose from!— the editor
The tour offers a variety of gardens for viewing – from townhome lots to 1-acre plots, from newly planted gardens to established ones, designed by professionals  to completely “do-it-yourself”. You won’t have to go far to see one: the gardens
are located throughout the Santa Clara Valley and the Peninsula. Visit as  many gardens as you like – for inspiration and ideas and for pictures (with the owner’s permission).
  • Native plants will be available for purchase at select gardens.
  • Many gardens will feature talks on native plant gardening.
What’s special about California native plants? They are adapted to our soil and  climate and are easy to care for. Many of our native plants are naturally water-wise and drought tolerant. They support a wide variety of  wildlife that has co-evolved with them, and their distinctive look and elegant  beauty gives your garden a sense of place that is uniquely Californian.
For all these reasons, the California legislature has declared the third week of April to be  California Native Plant Week. This drought year is a perfect time to  replace or reduce the lawn and introduce native plants to your garden.  Learn how at select gardens with talks/demonstrations.

YES! El Camino Hospital Farmer’s Market

IT’S NEW! El Camino Hospital has opened its “doors” …. well actually its parking lot for a famer’s market. A small group of other local growers, food producers, restauranteurs and artisans — gathered together on October 5 in a section of the Grant Road parking lot of El Camino Hospital for the first in a series of farmers’ markets scheduled to be held each Friday through the end of the fall season.

The market was organized by the Bay Area Farmers’ Markets Association in conjunction with El Camino Hospital. According to hospital spokeswoman Chris Ernst, El Camino is sponsoring the event in an effort to improve the eating habits of both its employees and the community it serves.

“As we look to the future, a lot of our focus will be on health and wellness,” she said. “A fun foundation of that is nutrition.”

Though the market’s primary focus may be promoting healthy lifestyles, there were some salty and greasy options offered as well. I sampled a cheese steak sandwich (from Big Bite), complete with fried onions and bell peppers, along with a spicy lamb gyro (from Falafel Fresh) topped with mixed veggies and Greek yogurt. Both lunches were fried up as I watched, and both were delicious.

The Chavez sisters grow watermelon, cantaloupe, lettuce, squash, heirloom tomatoes, kale, celery, broccoli, jalapenos, onions and cabbage, among many other vegetables. All their produce is organic, she said.

farmers marketChavez advocates eating fresh food, saying that she has lost weight and feels healthier since she began eating her own produce almost exclusively. “At the grocery store, you don’t know how long they’ve kept the produce in a fridge,” she said. “At a farmer’s market, you’re guaranteed fresh produce.”

If the market suffers from any major weakness, it is that it’s bit green behind the ears. A couple of shoppers noted that the market seemed small. Ernst said the promising first-day turnout and the enthusiasm she observed in the market’s patrons left her optimistic that the event will continue to grow. El Camino officials have plans to expand the market by bringing in more farmers, food trucks and other local merchants in the weeks to come, she said.

The new market also increases the accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables for local low- and fixed-income residents. The market accepts EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards, so people on state assistance can purchase produce from the farmers, who often only accept cash at other farmers markets.

The location of the new farmers market may prove easier to access for those residents of Mountain View’s more southerly neighborhoods — such as Blossom Valley, Martens-Carmelita, Cuernavaca and Waverly Park — especially those who walk, bike or rely on public transportation.