While the burning of fossil fuels has created tremendous opportunities for human advancement in the past 200 years, it is now clear that fossil fuel emissions are causing significant changes to Earth's ecosystems. The increase in global temperatures due to human activity is predicted to cause more disastrous and unpredictable weather including severe storms, drought and floods, a rise in sea level, food shortages, refugees fleeing negative climate effects, and an increase in vector-borne diseases. The nations of the world are coming together to act, and Acterra is responding by ramping up its climate protection program activities.
Acterra's Energy and Climate programs offer education about energy efficiency and conservation, as well as opportunities for advocacy and volunteer involvement to accelerate the shift from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy. Click on the programs listed below for information and ways you can get involved:
Energy and Climate Workshops:
Acterra will host a series of workshops on various energy and climate issues.
Community Outreach for Energy Upgrade California ®:
Acterra is a Community Ambassador implementing educational outreach for the Energy Upgrade California program.
Energy Upgrade California is a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, help reduce demand on the electricity grid, and make informed energy management choices at home and at work.
Acterra is one of 25 organizations statewide that received grants due to our strong history of effectively reaching diverse communities to effect change through grassroots outreach and engagement programs.
For more information, please visit the Energy Upgrade California website.
Acterra is committed to helping accelerate the shift from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy. Cleans vehicles are a key to making this change. Thus, Acterra is embarking on a new program to provide our constituents with the tools, information, and support they need in order to "Go EV."
Green@Home and Grid Ready:
Acterra's Green@Home program is partnering with two national non-profits, Grid Alternatives and Habitat for Humanity, to help residents save energy in East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. While Acterra does community outreach and offers basic energy efficiency devices and education, Grid will install free or low cost-solar panels for income-qualified homeowners — and Habitat will repair roofs if needed to put on the solar installation.
Click here if you'd like to learn more — or provide support and volunteer time to this program.
NEW! Energy Upgrade Mountain View Final Report 2016:
Acterra has just published the final report on our four-year home energy savings program in Mountain View, showing significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and corresponding energy savings. Participants achieved an average annual reduction in natural gas use of 16.4% and annual electricity savings of 5.5%. These savings compare very favorably with other large scale energy-conservation programs such as the "neighbor comparison" letters that strive for an overall 2% reduction in energy use.
To read a copy of the Energy Upgrade Mountain View report, click here.