Our Origin Story and Present Mission: A Post-Pandemic Outlook for the Future

The trail to Franklin Point on the scenic San Mateo coast.

We recently made some important updates to the sempervirens117 home page that we’re really excited to share:

“Semper virens,” in Latin, means “always green.” The scientific name of California’s majestic coastal redwoods is Sequoia sempervirens.

Our company got its start in a rustic, redwood-shingled cottage in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of Woodside, California, at the green edge of Silicon Valley. The cottage’s street address is 117. On long walks into the surrounding forest, the inspiration for our company was born.

If Steve Jobs were still alive, we’d like to think that he would have approved.

At sempervirens117, we are recreating the open space learning centers of classical Athens but updating them for the global concerns of the twenty-first century.

Our team training sessions are geared for Bay Area tech professionals and beyond interested in developing sustainable solutions for their companies that benefit the planet Earth by reducing carbon emissions, saving energy, and optimizing patterns of consumption and natural resource use in order to combat climate change in our lifetimes.

Navarro Point Preserve and Nature Trail, near Anderson Valley, where out four-day “Augmented Sustainability” workshop is held.

Our sessions include weekend retreats and 4-day workshops situated in some of the most beautiful and pristine parts of Northern California within a few hours’ drive from San Jose or San Francisco.

Our innovative training modules are led by our company founder, a global studies scholar and university history professor educated at Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Williams College, and Germany.

Each module pairs outdoor learning exercises with seminar discussions accompanied by organic, locally-sourced meals and includes online feedback assessments with participants after.

The training sessions focus on developing cross-functional skill sets such as first principles thinking; group-based decision making; and communication strategies designed to connect with multiple demographics.

Our objective is to unlock the hidden creative superpowers of our talented and motivated clients, so that they will create the solutions humanity needs to survive this century’s climate challenges and enable future generations to thrive in the next.

Our “Powering the Green Economy” long weekend retreat explores remote coastlines, beaches, and redwood forests in and around Santa Cruz less than an hour away from SFO airport.

From there, we access sites of interest using public trails and nature preserves at times of the day like sunrise or sunset, when fewer distractions are present.

The sunrise trail to Cascade Creek Beach, San Mateo County, California.

When the work of formal team building is over, we depart for farm-to-table restaurants, tasting rooms, coffee roasters, and beer gardens for informal discussions and brainstorming.

Please contact us if you’d like to find out how your company can sign up for a one-day session, retreat, or workshop, or if you would like to learn more about our “Profiles in Green Power” company and personal history opportunities.

“Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains” – Steve Jobs

Fern Canyon trail in Van Damme State Park, Mendocino County, California.

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I am a content writer and founder of sempervirens117.com, an eco consultancy based in Woodside, California that assists Silicon Valley companies in developing greener products and promoting sustainable Earth solutions on social media. I offer team training sessions year-round in Northern California.

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