The UCGEC Smart/Green/Happy Cities Conference 2019

Global Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

This 2019 Silicon Valley US-China Smart, Green, Happy Cities Conference will build on wonderful insights learned at our 10th Anniversary Summit in August 2018 and subsequent Conferences. We will explore multiple dimensions of smart, green, happy City projects in Silicon Valley and China. We have invited a new set of experts to join and formally share their experiences, lessons learned and insights. We invite you to join this event, learn, share your own experiences and ask questions.

The unanimous passage by Santa Clara County supervisors of a declaration of climate emergency and the initial stages of San Jose doing the same -- in advance of the nation-wide Youth Climate Strikes in late September, provide a new frame of reference for this conference.  New momentum across sectors will fuel new implications, new directions, and new insights for all participants.

*** It is FREE for registered attendees but will be charged $20 after Sept 13th, and at the door. Register today at this link


1:00 to 1:30 : Registration

1:30 to 2:00 : Welcome Remarks and Overview

  • Dr. James T. Caldwell, Chair, Green Building, Eco-City Working Group
  • Robert Wu, UCGEC Chairman

2:00 to 3:00 : Panel Session 1: Examples of Whole City AI (Artificial Intelligence) Integration.

  • Dr. Steven Chen, Founder and CEO, Third Brain Research Institute, etc. "Smart Garden Villages: China-US. Sustainable Energy, Agriculture and Health Care."
  • Dr. Gregory Delaune, AICP, CEO of UIX Global. "Innovation in San Leandro: Public-Private Partnerships as a Pathway to Community Resiliency."

3:00-4:00 : Panel Session 2: New Clean Energy and Water Solution Projects

  • Ms. Fahmida Bangert, M.A. in Environmental Science, Director of SEM (Sustainable Energy Management) Business Systems and the Office of Sustainability, Stanford University: “Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI): The presentation will cover many topics including results, planning principles, clean electrification pathway, renewable energy integration, thermal storage, predictive maintenance and community outreach.
  • Teresa Herrera, Manager, Silicon Valley Clean Water. “SVCW is a water resource recovery facility meeting the highest technical, environmental, and safety standards in California since 1980, The SVCW facility enables wastewater to be recycled using state-of-the-art biological treatment.”

4:00 to 4:30 : Coffee Break

4:30 to 6:30 : Panel Session 3: City and County Sustainable Urban Planning and Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Mayor Patrick Burt, former Mayor of Palo Alto.
  • Mayor William “Bill” Widmer, current Mayor of Atherton.
  • Rishie Kumar, Councilman Saratoga, Candidate for Congress,
  • Jan Pepper, Peninsula Clean Energy, San Mateo County.
  • Raj Chahal, Council Member, City of Santa Clara

General discussion of the entire Conference to sum up what we learned and what we can do by collaborating from now on.

6:30 to 7:00 : Reception and Networking



James T. Caldwell Ph.D., John Lee, Oliver Yu, Richard Wong, Michael Hsieh, Lisa Zhang, Steven Zhang, Sam Wang…