SPRING 2009 - GREEN ISSUE
Competition Spurs Innovative
This month, San Jose hosted the launch of the California Clean Tech Open. The competition, supported by the San Jose Redevelopment Agency (SJRA), assists emerging clean tech companies with their efforts to speed products from the lab to the market. Winners will be selected from six categories (renewable energy; energy efficiency; smart power; green building; air, water, and waste; and transportation).
Last year, many of the award-winning companies, are now clients in the Environmental
Business Cluster (EBC).
To learn more about how the San Jose Redevelopment Agency supports innovation, visit http://www.sjredevelopment.org/industrial.htm.
Edenvale Emerges as Silicon Valley’s
Located in South San Jose, the Edenvale Technology Park is becoming the location
of choice for clean technology and other innovative companies. Last year, when SoloPower was looking for a
place to locate their solar cell manufacturing facility, their priority location requirements: access to a skilled workforce and
a supportive business climate--were addressed when the company found a site in Edenvale with assistance from the San Jose
Redevelopment Agency. In the past two years, other solar companies including SVTC Photovoltaic Development Center, Stion, and Nanosolar also moved their facilities to Edenvale.
The recruitment of solar companies plays a key role in implementing the City of San Jose’ s Green Vision, a 15-year plan to solve environmental problems and grow the local economy. Focused on three elements – Clean Tech Innovation, Sustainability, and Green Mobility – San Jose’s Green Vision is a roadmap for the City to become the world’s center for Clean Tech Innovation. The creation of the solar cluster is also part of the City of San Jose's Economic Development Strategy and City Council policies that support energy and the environment.
For these reasons, the San Jose Redevelopment Agency is actively supporting companies in the field of solar installation, solar inverters, solar concentrators, efficiency monitoring.
To learn more about business attraction and retention programs, please contact Leslie Parks at 408.795.1843, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Jose Park Trail Systems Link
Traveling by bicycle or on foot through San Jose's Trail Network is a breeze. The City's Network is made up of 24 unique trail systems that provide over 50 miles of commuting and recreational opportunities.
The 11.5 mile Guadalupe trail directly links green commuters to some of Silicon Valley's leading high-tech companies including Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems, eBay and hundreds of other major employers.
Recently, the San Jose Redevelopment Agency invested an additional $250,000 to complete a critical link of the West Bank trail at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens near Coleman Avenue. Another notable project includes the expansion of Selma Olinder Park in South San Jose, which completed a portion of the 15-mile long Coyote Creek Trail.
These green infrastructure investments support the City's Green Vision goals of expanding the system of park trails to 100 miles. The San Jose Redevelopment Agency has invested more than $140 million towards the development of trails, parks and open spaces.
For more information about the City of San Jose's Trail Network, visit www.sjparks.org/Trails
Cleaner Air Means a Brighter Future
The development of clean technology in vehicles can create a cleaner environment for children like Angelique Vargas, a Merritt Trace Elementary School Kindergartener.
Since age 2, Angelique has had asthma, a chronic lung condition affected by poor air quality. “When it is smoggy and hot, I have a hard time breathing.” Angelique shared. Speaking on behalf of Breathe California of the Bay Area, she hopes that schools will use electric buses to create a healthier environment for herself and others.
The implementation of clean air vehicles like the Proterra
Bus will create a more sustainable environment for future generations
by reducing carbon emissions. The bus is battery-dominated and it does not emit harmful emissions.
San Jose Fast Facts:
San Jose's five industrial redevelopment areas are home to nearly 2,700 companies
Since October 2007, nearly 1,600 Green jobs have been created in Redevelopment Project Areas
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