Press Release: 10.22.09

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Hosts Annual Benefit to Celebrate 27 Years of Environmental Service

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 22 — This Saturday, October 24, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) will gather to honor its 2009 service award winners and to celebrate nearly three decades of initiatives aimed at protecting workers, communities and the environment. Festivities will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose located at 1700 Alum Rock Avenue.

The annual benefit event will include speeches by Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier and SVTC Executive Director Sheila Davis. At the event SVTC will announce the winner of its 2009 video contest, The Truth About E-Waste, and feature a silent auction and live music by Unintended Consequences.

SVTC in Action

The theme for the evening is “What is Green?” — A question that is close to the heart of the nonprofit’s initiatives. In January, SVTC released Toward a Just and Sustainable Solar Energy Industry, a report on health and safety issues faced by the growing solar industry that urged solar panel manufacturers to raise end-of-life disposal standards now, while solar is still in its infancy.

SVTC released a similar report in April 2008 that focuses on the nanotechnology industry. Regulating Emerging Technologies in Silicon Valley and Beyond exposes the potentially catastrophic impact on the health and environment of the community due to the lack of restrictions associated with nanotechnology manufacturing. It calls for state and federal regulatory policies that adequately address the potential hazards posed by nanotechnology.

The nonprofit also created the 2008 documentary Citizens at Risk. The video details SVTC’s journey to Delhi, India where it uncovered toxic electronic waste dumping and the exploitation of poor communities by irresponsible manufacturers’ exporting.

2009 Award Honorees and Silent Auction

SVTC 2009 award honorees include:

– Community Partner Award: Byron Sher
– Ted Zuur Award: The Hoffman Agency and Esperanza Sanz Escudero
– Helen Clark Award: Dr. Michael Wilson
– Debbie Cole Memorial Award: Erica Fernandez

SVTC’s mission was made possible in 2009 by sponsors including the Fred Gellert Family Foundation, the City of San Jose Environmental Services Department, City CarShare, the Consumer Attorneys Public Interest Foundation and others.

Benefit attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a myriad of items at the event’s silent auction. Notable auction items include a Savannah Chanelle Vineyards private tasting and tour for 15, a three-night stay in a Tahoe Donner cabin and a three-month membership at Club One Fitness.

About Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition is a diverse organization engaged in research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to promote human health and environmental justice in response to the rapid growth of the high-tech industry. For more information, go to