7:30 pm19:30

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

  • Microsoft, Mountain View Campus

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.

10:00 am10:00

EV Ride & Drive

  • 2100 Geng Road Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States

Come take a spin in an all-electric vehicle for Earth Day! Acterra will be giving EV test drives as part of Palo Alto's Earth Day festival on April 22 at 2100 Geng Rd. No RSVP is necessary, just bring your driver's license and be prepared to get your EV grin!

7:30 pm19:30

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

  • Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium

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.

6:00 pm18:00

Home Energy Efficiency Workshop

  • East Palo Alto Family YMCA

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

7:30 pm19:30

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

  • Microsoft Silicon Valley, Building 1

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!

3:00 pm15:00

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

  • Genentech

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.

3:00 pm15:00

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.