Silicon Valley Green Team Network
2019 Spring Forum
Transportation and the Climate: Workplace Initiatives

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Location: Adobe Headquarters, 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110-2704 (Transit Friendly!)
Lunch and refreshments will be provided
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Keynote Speaker:


Chris Lepe, MUP

Chris Lepe is the Regional Policy Director at TransForm and has over a decade of transportation planning and community engagement experience in the Bay Area.  He has also taught courses on Environmental Studies and Intercultural Studies at De Anza College and served as a lecturer on Environmental Health at San Jose State University.  He holds a MUP in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State, a BA from UC Santa Cruz and is fluent in Spanish.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Silicon Valley Green Team Network Keynote Speaker, Joseph (Joe) Kott of Oakland, California. 

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Joseph Kott, PhD, AICP, PTP

“Joseph (Joe) Kott died suddenly of heart failure on February 14, 2019, while at home with his wife. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 15, 1947 to Joseph Frank Kott, Jr. and Catherine V. Szydlodski. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Katherine (Kitto) Kott, his son, Paul Thomas Kott, his daughter, Amy Elizabeth Rands, brother-in-law, William Dean Brown, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. His son, Andrew Joseph Kott preceded him in death as did his parents, his sister, Shirley (Kott) Brown, and his brother, Raymond John Kott. With an active career in city and regional planning, Joe had earned a PhD from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, Masters of Transport and Traffic Engineering from Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, a Masters of Regional Planning from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and a BA in Political Science from Wayne State University. During his long and distinguished career, he worked in public agencies and consulting firms in North Carolina, Illinois, Maine, and California. Once he had completed his PhD, Dr. Kott focused on teaching at several universities in the San Francisco Bay area, with long service to Stanford and San Jose State Universities. He was a charter member of the American Planning Association and maintained certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners. He particularly enjoyed mentoring emerging planners and saw it as an important part of his professional responsibility. He co-founded Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities to provide a platform for his passion for “more life-affirming transportation systems.” His colleagues described Joe as “the inspiration behind Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities, its most ardent supporter and its most important leader. He was the glue that bound us…” A commitment to democracy and justice kept Joe engaged in current events and active in a local Indivisible chapter with a focus on science and the environment. An avid reader, hiker, and sports fan, Joe also found plenty of time for family, friends, and his beloved Brittany Spaniels, Gabby and Hazel. He was loyal to his Detroit teams, a devoted father and husband and a loving presence in his extended family. A memorial service will be held at 11am on March 9th at Corpus Christi Church in Piedmont, California. A reception will follow."

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Joseph's chosen charities:

Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities
Union of Concerned Scientists
Society for Science and the Public
The League of American Bicyclists
Homeless Youth Alliance

5 for 5 Speaker Panel:

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Ariane Erickson
Karl Knapp GoEV Program Manager

Kris Herrera
Sr. Manager, Vendor Programs & Process
Adobe Inc.

Stefanie Hom
Principal Transportation Planner/Analyst, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

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Gary Hsueh
Director of Mobility Programs
Prospect Silicon Valley

George Lee
CEO & Co-Founder
PowerFlex Systems



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Public Transportation Options to Adobe:

Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)

The Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) train provides service from Stockton to San Jose. The ACE train stops near Adobe at the Diridon station, also known as the Downtown San Jose station, at Cahill and West Santa Clara (same station as CalTrain). Visit the ACE web site  for fare and schedule information. From Diridon station, take the DASH shuttle (see details below) to Adobe San Jose.


CalTrain provides fast, convenient commuter rail service between San Francisco and Gilroy. Schedule, station, and fare information is available on the CalTrain website.   

The station nearest Adobe San Jose is the Diridon station, also known as the Downtown San Jose station, at Cahill and West Santa Clara. From Diridon station, take the DASH shuttle to Adobe San Jose.

Capitol Corridor Train

The Amtrak Capitol Corridor train provides service between Sacramento and San Jose. The Capitol Corridor train stops near Adobe at the Diridon station, also known as the Downtown San Jose station, at Cahill and West Santa Clara (same station as CalTrain). Visit the Capitol Corridor website  for route, schedule and fare information. From Diridon station, take the DASH shuttle to Adobe San Jose.

Downtown San Jose Shuttle (DASH)

The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH)  provides a connection from the Diridon station to downtown work sites. The morning shuttle stop closest to Adobe San Jose is located on San Fernando (at bus stop behind West Tower). The closest afternoon shuttle stop is located across Almaden Blvd. at the bus stop near the intersection of Park Ave. (on the side of the Family Court building).

Santa Clara County Transit Buses and Light Rail

Adobe is within walking distance of the Downtown Transit Hub. Route maps, schedules, and fare information for all Santa Clara County buses and light rail are available from the Valley Transportation Authority

Parking Options:

Location: West Tower Parking Garage – Basement 2 (WTB2) 
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 10:00am-6:30pm

If you arrive at the office after 10:00am, refer to the garage entrance monitors for parking space availability and take one of the following actions: 

· If parking levels are at capacity: go to WTB2. The valet will direct you where to leave your car, take your keys and provide you with a claim ticket. 

· If parking is available: you can self-park or go to WTB2 and leave your car with the valet. 

You may self-park on WTB2 until 10:00am; after 10:00am WTB2 will be valet-only parking. 

Cars can be dropped off at the valet podium directly across from the WTB2 elevators. The valet attendant will hand you a claim ticket, ask for your phone number and an approximate departure time. 

Temporary Overflow Parking Lot

If you see a “lot full” sign at the garage entrance, you will be directed to drive to the temporary overflow parking lot, which is located toward the Diridon train station at 45 Delmas Avenue. The lot is a five-minute walk from the Adobe towers and will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thank you to our Advisory Committee:

Margaret Foster-Roesner, Alcatraz Cruises
Neeharika Gupta
Amanda Johnston, Alcatraz Cruises
Rebecca Navarro, Palo Alto Unified School District
Kathleen Wong, Adobe

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