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San Jose’s Green Vision Plan

Do You Know The Way To San Jose?

No problem, now you’ll have environmentally friendly LED lights to show you the way.

In 2005 San Jose, California adopted a 15 year plan with goals focused on three elements: Clean Technology, Sustainability, and Green Mobility.

led-streetlightTowards that goal, last week the city announced a trial of smarter, more energy-efficient street lights, which will be powered by low-energy LED bulbs and monitored across a smart network.

Launching this summer, the test will encompass 125 streetlight network which will function in a similar way to a smart electricity grid. Choosing it’s own home based Echelon Corp. to implement the project.

It costs San Jose, the tenth largest city in the country, $3.5 million to power the city’s streetlights for a year, not including the cost of replacement and maintenance. Echelon said streetlights networked using its intelligent controls for smart networks can significantly reduce a city’s energy and maintenance costs while improving light quality, decreasing light pollution, and providing increased safety. The new streetlights will use energy efficient LED lamps equipped with Echelon’s power line networking technology and segment controllers.

200871640682897The smart, networked LED streetlights can be remotely dimmed late at night to save energy and to reduce light pollution, a key concern for the Lick Observatory, an astronomy research center located just east of the city.

San Jose’s Green Vision Goals, Within 15 Years :

1. Create 25,000 Clean Tech jobs as the World Center of Clean Tech Innovation
2. Reduce per capita energy use by 50 percent
3. Receive 100 percent of electrical power from clean renewable sources
4. Build or retrofit 50 million square feet of green buildings
5. Divert 100 percent of the waste from landfill and convert waste to energy
6. Recycle or beneficially reuse 100 percent of wastewater (100 million gallons per day)
7. Adopt a General Plan with measurable standards for sustainable development
8. Ensure that 100 percent of public fleet vehicles run on alternative fuels
9. Plant 100,000 new trees and replace 100 percent of the city’s streetlights with smart, zero emission lighting
10. Create 100 miles of interconnected trails that will allow residents to walk or bike to many places instead of using a car.

Under the Green Vision plan, San Jose also plans to install some of the State’s first public charging stations for electric vehicles.

San Jose, California – You ROCK !!

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  1. Says:

    San Jose’s Green Vision Plan | Forced Green…

    In 2005 San Jose, California adopted a 15 year plan with goals focused on three elements: Clean Technology, Sustainability, and Green Mobility….

  2. Pink Says:

    Such a small easy thing with such a big impact… Good job California!

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  3. Maureen Says:

    Sounds like a positive thing. Good to see something positive for San Jose, they have enough problems unfortunately–

  4. Barbara Says:

    Congrats to San Jose…What a great plan and rolling right along. Nice to see the vision working!

  5. Christina thecoffeelady Says:

    If every town did this what an impact there would be in our environment!

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  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Pink … And they get reduced bills as well. Imagine that!

    Hi Maureen … Yes, but they had the forethought to help them go green!

    Hi Barbara … It is a good vision and I believe the city will benefit greatly.

    Hi Christina … Great point! There would be history made, that is for sure!

  7. wilson Says:

    WoW, this is very awesome, Linda. San Jose is definitely rock when it comes to the green matter!

  8. Sadie Says:

    That’s a great idea!

  9. LadyGrace Says:

    Oh wow! Thats amazing work. Cant wait for it to spread around!! Though I dont think I like the idea of them dimming them later at night.

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  10. Karen Says:

    Wow! This is awesome. At least someone had the fortitude to do something.

  11. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … They are really trying to turn it around!

    Hi Sadie … It is an idea coming to reality.

    Hi Lady Grace … The dimming of lights will help with the bills and remember, cars still have headlights to travel.

    Hi Karen … They even have a plan and are sticking with it!

  12. A. Reis Designs Says:

    These plans sound amazing! It would be great to see them implemented. I would love to see something like this in Denver.

  13. Linda Says:

    Hi A. Reis Designs … Heck! they have a lot of area to do this in plus it would be closer to me! 🙂

  14. Shelby | Heating Elements Says:

    Now that is something amazing and once they have perfected this they should send out their knowledge to other places to benefit from this.

  15. Linda Says:

    Hi Shelby … You betcha! We will keep an eye out for it.

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