Energy & Climate

Scientists agree that burning fossil fuels is significantly changing the Earth's ecosystems. The year 2016 was the hottest in recorded history, and we are starting to see the predicted impacts: more disastrous and unpredictable weather (severe storms, drought and floods), a rise in sea level, refugees fleeing negative climate effects, and an increase in vector-borne diseases.

On the positive side, nations of the world signed the Paris climate change agreement in 2015 to reduce carbon emissions, and Acterra is responding by ramping up its climate protection programs. Acterra offers 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 below to learn more and find ways you can get involved.

GoEV! Love the Planet AND Your Car

As our local communities shift to clean electricity from wind and solar, electric vehicles provide continued mobility and convenience without impacting the climate. Acterra offers “Ride and Drive” events at schools and businesses, giving people a chance to experience emission-free driving. Our EV Ambassadors offer rides and answer questions about purchase options, range, and available models. 

Green@Home to Grid Ready

Partnering with Grid Alternatives to serve residents in East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park, Acterra offers both renters and homeowners basic energy efficiency devices and education, while doing outreach for Grid’s solar energy program that provides free rooftop solar to eligible homeowners in qualifying neighborhoods. This can help cut homeowner energy bills up to 90 percent.

Green@Home in Sunnyvale

Any resident of Sunnyvale (renter or homeowner) is eligible to sign up for the updated Green@Home program. This FREE service offers a personalized online diagnosis of your home’s SmartMeter data, along with specific recommendations for stopping energy waste, based on your home’s energy use patterns. You’ll also receive semi-monthly progress reports on your energy-saving progress.

Community Choice Energy

Acterra helps accelerate the shift from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy by supporting local initiatives, such as Peninsula Clean Energy in San Mateo County and Silicon Valley Clean Energy for selected cities in Santa Clara County.

Community Outreach for Energy Upgrade California ®

Acterra served two years as a Community Ambassador, implementing educational outreach for the Energy Upgrade California program. Energy Upgrade helps Californians save energy and conserve natural resources, 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 reaching diverse communities to affect change through grassroots outreach and engagement programs.

For more information, please visit the Energy Upgrade California website.

Energy Upgrade Mountain View Final Report 2016

The final report on Acterra’s four-year home energy savings program in Mountain View shows significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and corresponding energy savings. Participants achieved an average annual reduction in natural gas use of 16.4 percent and annual electricity savings of 5.5 percent. These savings exceed other large scale energy-conservation programs such as "neighbor comparison" letters that strive for an overall 2 percent reduction in energy use.

To read a copy of the Energy Upgrade Mountain View report, click here.