3:00pm 3:00pm

Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive

3 pm Information Session (45 mins)
3-5 pm Test Drives

Find out how to:
·   Lease a brand new electric vehicle for under $100/month
·   Get reimbursed for your down payment
·   Get a check for $500 from PG&E for owning an EV
·   Save a ton of money on fuel (electricity is cheaper than gas!)

Take a test drive in one of these models:
VW eGolf
Nissan Leaf
Kia Soul EV
Chevy Bolt
Chevy Volt
Ford Focus Electric

Discover how YOU can be a participant in the future of transportation!

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7:00pm 7:00pm

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Join Acterra on Thursday, August 3 for a viewing of Al Gore's new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, followed by a group discussion at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. We hope you can join us!

Thursday, August 3, 7 p.m.
Palo Alto Square Theatre

**Highly recommended to purchase tickets beforehand. Please click here to purchase tickets to the film. 

Follow-up discussion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel after the show, around 9 p.m

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Flying the (Climate) Friendly Skies: Sustainability @ SFO | Lecture with Erin Cooke

Find out how the Bay Area’s busiest international airport serves ~53 Million passengers, employs 36,000 workers, contributes over $1B in regional economic impact AND will be carbon neutral, zero waste-to-landfill, and use net zero energy by 2021. Erin Cooke’s career has focused on assessing how climate risks affect varied businesses, nonprofits and the publics they serve, and building pathways to cut carbon and achieve resilient outcomes.  As San Francisco International Airport's (SFO) first Sustainability Director, Erin oversees sustainability and net zero investments in capital projects, and develops and implements the Airport's Strategic, Sustainability and Climate Action Plans. Erin previously served the City of Cupertino as its Assistant to the City Manager & Sustainability Manager. Erin is a LEED AP and earned a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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7:30pm 7:30pm

A Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax with Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz

George P. Shultz is a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as Secretary of State (1982-89) under President Reagan, and Secretary of the Treasury (1972-74), Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1970-72), and Secretary of Labor (1969-70) under President Nixon. He is one of only two people to serve in four cabinet positions. Shultz has taught at MIT, University of Chicago, and Stanford. In 2010, Shultz co-chaired the campaign to stop Prop 23 in California, a ballot measure that would have rolled back the state's climate and clean energy law (AB 32). Thanks in part to Shultz's leadership, Prop. 23 was defeated with 61% of the electorate voting no. In February 2017, he became a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council, an international research and advocacy organization, which supports carbon taxes.

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Home Energy Efficiency Workshop

Acterra is offering a Home Energy Efficiency Workshop on March 7, 6-8 pm at the East Palo Alto YMCA.  This program is open to the public and participants should sign up ahead of time so that we know how many to plan for.  There will be hands-on instruction of how to install some basic energy-saving devices, and participants will go home with items to install in their own homes. To sign up, please contact

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Protecting California’s Water: The Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan | A Lecture with Peter Drekmeier

Peter Drekmeier co-founded Bay Area Action (BAA) in 1990 and ten years later helped establish Acterra through the merger of BAA with the Peninsula Conservation Center. He has led efforts to protect old growth forests and restore native wildlife habitats, assisted statewide environmental campaigns, promoted water conservation and improved river conditions on the Tuolumne, and while serving as a council member and mayor, helped establish Palo Alto’s reputation as one of the nation’s most sustainable cities.  He is currently the Policy Director at the Tuolumne River Trust, and was Acterra's honoree for Party for the Planet in 2016. The Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan establishes water quality control measures needed to provide reasonable protection of beneficial uses of water in the Bay-Delta Watershed. Reserve your seats!

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3:00pm 3:00pm

Biotech Goes Green! Environmental Innovations and Best Practices Industry Workshop & Tour

Acterra is bringing together past Business Environmental Award finalist Genentech and award recipient Thermo Fisher Scientific to offer a detailed sustainability workshop & tour. Attendees will tour Genentech's Cell Culture Pilot plant and engage with experts who will share their success with energy conservation, packaging waste reduction, nitrile glove and garment recycling, Genentech's Green BioPharma program, and more.

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3:00pm 3:00pm

Sustainable Built Environment Tour & Workshop

Join us for a tour & workshop with Hillhouse Construction, Integral Group, and Sharp Development on November 15. We will begin with an exclusive tour of their new sustainable retrofit project in Sunnyvale and continue with an in-depth, how-to workshop for sustainable development projects. Attendees can earn AIA continuing education credits.


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