Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

Free Morgan Hill Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a drop-in Energy Clinic at the Morgan Hill Senior Center. Experts from Acterra and Silicon Valley Clean Energy will be on hand to explain your PG&E bill and give you tips on how to reduce your energy use and lower your monthly costs. See you there! No RSVP required.

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Feb
24
3:30 PM15:30

Free Electric Vehicle Workshop in San Jose

FREE Electric Vehicle Workshop – Everything You Need to Know to “Go EV”

Take a peek under the hood of an electric vehicle and learn how driving electric helps the planet and saves on gas and maintenance costs. On-site childcare and dinner will be provided.

Come learn about:
• The benefits of EVs versus gas-powered cars
• Government rebates for “going EV”
• Battery range and charging basics
• Leasing versus buying
• Current makes/models and what’s in store for the future!

3:30 pm EVs on display in the parking lot
4-5 pm Presentation (in English and Spanish) and Q&A
5-6 pm Dinner and awarding of door prizes

Free dinner will be provided!

Registration is recommended.

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Free Milpitas Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a drop-in Energy Clinic at the Milpitas Adult Education Center. Experts from Acterra and Silicon Valley Clean Energy will be on hand to explain your PG&E bill and give you tips on how to reduce your energy use and lower your monthly costs. No RSVP required.

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Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Free Milpitas Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic at the Milpitas Adult Education Center. Experts from Acterra and Silicon Valley Clean Energy will be on hand to explain your PG&E bill and give you tips on how to reduce your energy use and lower your monthly costs. See you there! No RSVP required.

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Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Free Electric Vehicle Workshop in Millbrae

Want to love the planet AND your car? We’ll show you how!

FREE Electric Vehicle Workshop – Everything You Need to Know to “Go EV”

 Come learn about:
• The benefits of EVs versus gas-powered cars
• Government rebates for “going EV”
• Battery range and charging basics
• Leasing versus buying
• Current makes/models and what’s in store for the future!

6:30 pm EV owners will display their vehicles and answer questions about EV ownership
7-8:30 pm Workshop and Q&A

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Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Free Electric Vehicle Workshop in Menlo Park

FREE Electric Vehicle Workshop – Everything You Need to Know to “Go EV”

Take a peek under the hood of an electric vehicle and learn how driving electric helps the planet and saves on gas and maintenance costs. Presentation will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

Come learn about:
• The benefits of EVs versus gas-powered cars
• Government rebates for “going EV”
• Battery range and charging basics
• Leasing versus buying
• Current makes/models and what’s in store for the future!

10 am EV owners will display their vehicles and answer questions about EV ownership
10:30-12 pm Workshop and Q&A

Free lunch and child care will be provided! Great door prizes, too!

Register now at www.bit.ly/goev3-16-19 to guarantee your spot.

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Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Lecture Series: Youth Panel on Environmental Action

  • The Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Youth Panel on Environmental Action

The Spring Public Lecture Series kicks off with a special youth panel. Increasingly, young participants are choosing to shape political and social discussions, and in the climate change arena, legions of young people have mobilized to demand social, environmental, and economic progress. Our panelists will explain how they have created momentum around their personal convictions through social networks, community organizing, and entrepreneurship.

Moderator: Kristy Drutman. Featuring: Mercedes Thompson, Cambria Bartlett, and Shay Barton.

About the Speakers:
Kristy Drutman  (moderator) is a digital strategist and the host of Brown Girl Green, a podcast and media series dedicated to building an environmentally just society and sustainable world for future generations. As a Filipina American, Kristy is inspired to change the image of what it means to be an environmentalist in the 21st century by advocating for greater diversity and inclusion.

Mercedes Thompson is a first-year student at Stanford University. In her junior year of high school she co-founded Baltimore Beyond Plastic, a grassroots youth-led organization whose efforts resulted in a unanimous decision by the Baltimore City Council to ban styrofoam. Subsequently styrofoam trays were replaced with compostable products in all 182 schools in the school district.

Cambria Bartlett is a 14-year old member of the founding chapter of Heirs To Our Oceans (H2OO) studying the impacts of oil consumption, climate change and pollution as they relate to plastic production and disposal.  Through H2OO, Cambria is growing her capacity for empathetic leadership and effective communication of her passion: preventing all forms of plastic pollution - on land, in the water and in the air.

Octavia “Shay” Barton, age 14, leads the Pescadero chapter of Heirs To Our Oceans. Shay is committed to understanding the impacts of climate change on our planet, and especially on the communities most at risk. Shay has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on the subjects of plastic pollution, climate change, and vulnerable communities. Shay led her chapter in successfully phasing out single-use plastics from her school and her community.

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Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Party for the Planet 2019

This year's Party for the Planet will not be just another seated dinner, as we have revamped the event! Please join us for a fun evening honoring our Earth Champion Donors.

Party for the Planet is Acterra’s largest community-building event and a critical fundraiser that benefits Acterra’s acclaimed environmental programs.

Tickets on sale now! Purchase yours here

Questions? Call: (650) 962-9876 x308 or email: bethany.taylor@acterra.org

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Earth Day EV Ride & Drive

Come take a spin in an all-electric vehicle in honor of Earth Day! Acterra will be giving FREE EV demo rides in a variety of makes/models as part of Palo Alto's Earth Day festival. No RSVP is necessary, just make your way to the parking lot at 1900 Geng Road. EV owners will also be on hand to answer your questions about living the EV lifestyle. Check out as many makes/models as you can - the earth will thank you!

What: Earth Day EV Ride & Drive
When: Saturday, April 13; 10 am – 1 pm
Where: 2100 Geng Rd, Palo Alto

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Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Lecture Series: Khalid Kadir

Innovating our way to environmental justice? Tensions and paradoxes in our efforts to combat climate change: an Evening with Khalid Kadir

Khalid Kadir is a program director and lecturer at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and a lecturer at UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, Khalid has taught courses on Global Poverty, Political Economy, and Environmental Engineering. In 2013 Khalid was selected as a Chancellor’s Public Scholar to create and teach an innovative interdisciplinary engineering course that combines community-engaged scholarship with classroom learning to train future engineers to engage with the social and political roots of their technical work. In recognition of this unique teaching experience, Khalid was awarded the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service for Service-Learning Leadership. Khalid’s consulting work for non-profit organizations has spanned topics such as environmental sustainability, water, sanitation, and poverty, in the framework of addressing the needs of underserved communities through innovative approaches.

All lectures are FREE for Acterra members (promo code “member”) and $10 for non-members. Register at acterra.org/lectures. Space is limited – RSVP early to ensure your spot! Questions? Contact membership@acterra.org

Self-guided gallery walk-through and light refreshments at 6:30 pm.

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Apr
28
11:30 AM11:30

Free Electric Vehicle Workshop in Palo Alto

  • First Congregational Church of Palo Alto (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE Electric Vehicle Workshop – Everything You Need to Know to “Go EV”

Been curious about electric vehicles and want to help the planet?

Come learn about:
• The benefits of EVs versus gas-powered cars
• Government rebates for “going EV”
• Battery range and charging basics
• Leasing and second-hand purchase options
• Current makes/models and what’s in store for the future!

11:30 am EV owners will display their vehicles and answer questions about EV ownership
12 pm Workshop and Q&A

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May
22
5:30 PM17:30

2019 Business Environmental Awards Ceremony and Reception

Since 1990, Acterra has been celebrating sustainable business practices in the San Francisco Bay Area through our Business Environmental Awards Program. Over 200 businesses, public agencies and nonprofit organizations have been awarded to date.  

Please join us for evening honoring the accomplishments of organizations with innovative sustainable programs and environmental leaders.

Tickets go on sale in March of 2019.

The event features an opportunity to meet and learn from the 2018 Awards recipients, the unveiling of the 2019 Awards recipient videos, networking opportunities with top sustainability professionals in the Bay Area, and local and sustainable refreshments.

Contact: Danielle Flanagan at danielle.flanagan@acterra.org or 650.962.9876 x385 

 

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Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Have Your Say - Dinner and Discussion about the Future of the Bay Area

Acterra invites residents of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven to participate in a community meeting to discuss the future of the Bay Area. This will be a time to share your thoughts on possible policies and investments to make the Bay Area more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy, and vibrant.  In a two-hour workshop, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) will share a set of transportation, housing, economic, and resilience strategies that are being considered to position our region for success. During the workshop, you will be asked to provide input on some of the strategies, for example:

o   Provide free transit for all low-income residents
o   Permit additional housing development near transit stations
o   Invest into job training programs at community colleges
o   Construct sea walls to protect from rising sea levels

Your input will be incorporated in MTC/ABAG’s Horizon long-range planning process, which will ultimately lead to a new regional blueprint for the Bay Area – we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Download the event flyer

Questions: email violet.saena@acterra.org

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Feb
12
10:00 AM10:00

Free Sunnyvale Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a drop-in Energy Clinic at the Sunnyvale Senior Center. Experts from Acterra and Silicon Valley Clean Energy will be on hand to explain your PG&E bill and give you tips on how to reduce your energy use and lower your monthly costs. See you there! No RSVP required.

This Energy Clinic will feature special lunchtime entertainment!

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Feb
6
10:00 AM10:00

Free Gilroy Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic at the Gilroy Senior Center. Experts from Acterra and Silicon Valley Clean Energy will be on hand to explain your PG&E bill and give you tips on how to reduce your energy use and lower your monthly costs. See you there! No RSVP required.

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Jan
28
11:00 AM11:00

Free Mountain View Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a drop-in Energy Clinic at the Mountain View Senior Center. Experts from Acterra and Silicon Valley Clean Energy will be on hand to explain your PG&E bill and give you tips on how to reduce your energy use and lower your monthly costs. See you there! No RSVP required.

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Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

South Bay Sponge and Resiliency in East Palo Alto

Join us for a presentation and public discussion of South Bay Sponge, a project for achieving resilience to climate change and sea level rise in East Palo Alto and neighboring communities. The Field Operations Team will share the results of their community outreach and design submitted for the Resilient By Design Challenge. The South Bay Sponge project proposes green infrastructure to absorb, filter, and disperse flood waters during storm events. This project emerged from close collaboration with communities in the South Bay, and was designed to strengthen the social fabric and collective well-being in our cities and towns. To RSVP, please email Violet at violet.saena@acterra.org. Dinner will be provided.

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Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Fall 2018 Lecture Series

  • The Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Eugene Cordero: How Education can Impact Long-term Carbon Emissions—One Burrito at a Time

 Eugene Cordero is a climate scientist and professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San José State University. Eugene’s science research is focused on understanding the processes responsible for long-term changes in climate through the use of observations and atmospheric models. Eugene is also interested in the design of educational experiences that encourage social change in students to produce environmental benefits. Currently, Eugene is the founder and director of Green Ninja (www.greenninja.org), an enterprise that creates educational experiences to help students design a more sustainable world.

Reception and gallery walk-through at 6:30 pm

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Nov
4
2:30 PM14:30

FREE Electric Vehicle Workshop: Everything You Need To Know to Go EV

Want to love the planet AND your car? We’ll show you how! Come learn about the benefits of EVs, government rebates (up to $10K!), battery range and charging basics, leasing versus buying, second-hand purchase options, current makes/models, and what's in store for the future!

2:30 - 3:00 pm      EV Expo - get a raffle ticket for each EV you view!

3:00 - 4:00 pm      Main Presentation, Q & A

4:00 - 5:00 pm      Dinner & door prizes

Raffle for door prizes: 4:30 pm. Get 1 ticket for every EV you view at 2:30 pm. 

Door prizes include: $100 Target gift card, Ring video doorbell ($100 value), Amazon Echo Spot ($130 value), Starbucks gifts cards, holiday pies, and more! Must be present to win.

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Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

East Palo Alto Mid-Town Revitalization Event

  • St. John's Missionary Baptist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a neighborhood block party and “get to know you” event to beautify and green the community. East Palo Alto Mid-town residents can learn about resources that can help save energy, water, and money, and talk with volunteers from Acterra, Canopy, GRID Alternatives, El Concilio of San Mateo County, Pono Home, Build it Green, Fresh Approach, Ecology Action / WaterLink, and many other community-based groups. Along with plenty of entertainment and local food trucks, there will be hands-on activities taking place like tree planting and electric vehicle demos, plus viewing of home weatherization and solar installation projects in the neighborhood.

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Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Fall 2018 Lecture Series

  • The Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

David Hochschild: Sunrise from the West

David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Energy Commission in February 2013 and fills the environmental position on the Commission. In 2001, as Special Assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, an organization advocating for local, state, and federal solar policies. In the private sector, he served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Reception and gallery walk-through at 6:30 pm

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Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Fall 2018 Lecture Series

  • The Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ertharin Cousin: Food Insecurity, Climate Change, and Conflict 

Ertharin Cousin is the former executive director of the World Food Programme and US ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, nominated by President Obama. In these roles, she led efforts to address issues related to nutrition and agriculture, including the relationship between climate change and food insecurity. An expert and pioneer in addressing global hunger, she has been listed as one of Forbes' “100 Most Powerful Women” and TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.” Currently, she is serving as the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. 

Reception and gallery walk-through at 6:30 pm

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Sep
11
9:00 AM09:00

Climate Friendly Cuisine: Food Service Guidance and Best Practices for a Healthy Planet

Acterra will be offering a full day educational conference for food service professionals. Participants will learn about the importance and profitability of sustainable and climate-friendly food service practices. The focus of the day will be on practical solutions and concrete actions that restaurants, caterers, hospitals, educational institutions, corporate campuses, entertainment venues and other institutions that serve food can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Key topics to be covered are plant-forward meal planning, sustainable sourcing, and minimizing food waste.

A Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Event
Co-Sponsored by Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Hosted by LinkedIn

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Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

FREE Electric Vehicle Workshop: Everything You Need To Know to Go EV

  • Redwood City Public Works Services (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Want to love the planet AND your car? We’ll show you how! Come learn about the benefits of EVs versus gas-powered cars, government rebates (up to $10K!), battery range and charging basics, leasing versus buying, second-hand purchase options, current makes/models, and what's in store for the future!

Space is limited, so please RSVP in order to guarantee admittance.

6:30 pm EVs on display in parking lot
7:00 pm Presentation and Q&A

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Jun
19
2:30 PM14:30

Free Drop-In "Energy Clinic" for Sunnyvale residents

Sunnyvale residents: Do you have questions about how to reduce your energy waste and understand your electricity bill? Attend a free Drop-In Energy Clinic and get your questions answered.

Bring your PG&E bill and your PG&E username and password (if you have one). While you're there, register for Green@Home and be entered in a drawing to win a free Nest Learning Thermostat!

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Jun
16
2:30 PM14:30

Free Drop-In "Energy Clinic" for Sunnyvale residents

Sunnyvale residents: Do you have questions about how to reduce your energy waste and understand your electricity bill? Attend a free Drop-In Energy Clinic and get your questions answered.

Bring your PG&E bill and your PG&E username and password (if you have one). While you're there, register for Green@Home and be entered in a drawing to win a free Nest Learning Thermostat!

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Jun
2
9:30 AM09:30

Free Drop-In "Energy Clinic" for Sunnyvale residents

Sunnyvale residents: Do you have questions about how to reduce your energy waste and understand your electricity bill? Attend a free Drop-In Energy Clinic and get your questions answered.

Bring your PG&E bill and your PG&E username and password (if you have one). While you're there, register for Green@Home and be entered in a drawing to win a free Nest Learning Thermostat!

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May
23
2:30 PM14:30

Free Drop-In "Energy Clinic" for Sunnyvale residents

Sunnyvale residents: Do you have questions about how to reduce your energy waste and understand your electricity bill? Attend a free Drop-In Energy Clinic and get your questions answered.

Bring your PG&E bill and your PG&E username and password (if you have one). While you're there, register for Green@Home and be entered in a drawing to win a free Nest Learning Thermostat!

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May
23
12:00 PM12:00

Electric Vehicle Learn-at-Lunch Webinar: Everything You Need to "Go EV"

Are you ready to electrify your ride? We’ll show you how! In this workshop, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools needed to confidently purchase an electric vehicle for your next car. Topics include: the benefits of EVs versus gas-powered cars, government rebates for "going EV," charging basics and battery range, leasing versus buying, current makes/models available, and what's in store for the future – all rolled into one action-packed hour!

Register here*
*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Party for the Planet 2018

  • Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for the 2018 Party for the Planet honoring Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor, for his service and leadership in the areas of environmental protection and social inclusion.

Tickets on sale now. Click here to purchase.
Early bird price through March 26 – $200 per person

For information, call: (650) 962-9876 x308 or email: membership@acterra.org

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Earth Day EV Ride & Drive

  • 2100 Geng Road Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come take a spin in an all-electric vehicle in honor of Earth Day! Acterra will be giving FREE EV demo rides in a variety of makes/models as part of Palo Alto's Earth Day festival on April 14 from 10 am - 1 pm. No RSVP is necessary, just make your way to the parking lot at 1900 Geng Road. EV owners will also be on hand to answer your questions about living the EV lifestyle. Check out as many makes/models as you can - the earth will thank you!

What: Earth Day EV Ride & Drive
When: Saturday, April 14; 10 am – 1 pm
Where: 2100 Geng Rd, Palo Alto

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Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Lecture Series

How Climate Change Affects the Health of Our Oceans

Kristy Kroeker, PhD, will speak on the ecological effects of climate change on the oceans and the vital role oceans play in mitigating impacts.

Kristy Kroeker is assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.   She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a BS in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz. Kristy has worked with organizations like the World Bank and the Nature Conservancy, briefed Congress on the potential effects of ocean acidification and helped plan for climate adaptation for the Central California Marine Sanctuaries. Kristy manages the Kroeker Lab at UC Santa Cruz, which conducts research on environmental change in marine communities.

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Mar
29
1:00 PM13:00

Green@Home Sunnyvale Workshop

  • Sunnyvale Senior Center - Laurel Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Green@Home is a FREE program to help Sunnyvale residents save energy. Sponsored by the City of Sunnyvale and offered by Acterra, a local non-profit, Green@Home helps residents save money and reduce their environmental impact.

Come find out more at this educational workshop.

So we know how many people to plan for, please register here.
For more information, click here.

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Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

Electric Vehicle Workshop

Want to love the planet AND your car? We’ll show you how!

FREE Electric Vehicle Workshop – Everything You Need to Know to “Go EV”

 Come learn about:
• The benefits of EVs versus gas-powered cars
• Government rebates (up to $12,000) for “going EV”
• Battery range and charging basics
• Leasing versus buying
• Current makes/models and what’s in store for the future!

 6:30 pm EV owners will display their vehicles and answer questions about EV ownership
7-8:30 pm Workshop and Q&A

 RSVP

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Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Lecture Series

A Conversation with Gil Friend, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Palo Alto

Gil Friend, chief sustainability officer for the City of Palo Alto, will speak on Palo Alto's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S-CAP) and where progress can still be made despite the federal administration's climate and environmental policies. He’ll also share his views on cities around the world that are leading the way to address climate change. Gil Friend was a named one of the 10 leading sustainability voices in the U.S. by the Guardian. He is the author of The Truth About Green Business.

Register here.

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Mar
14
5:45 PM17:45

Community Meeting: Sea level rise in South Bay towns

COME JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST COMMUNITY MEETING!

Join us for this free event and meet the Field Operations Team! Come learn about how climate change and sea level rise are affecting the South Bay communities and share your ideas about designing a more sustainable and resilient future.

As part of the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge, The Field Operations Team is working with the varied communities in the South Bay and Silicon Valley to shape a vibrant and living framework for adaptation in the face of climate change and sea level rise, envisioning a future where nature and technology work together to improve the resiliency of our cities and towns, our social fabric and our collective health and well-being.

#southbaytowns #southbaysponge #resilientbydesign

FREE EVENT. OPEN TO ALL AGES . REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

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Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Green@Home Sunnyvale Workshop

  • Columbia Middle School, Staff Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Green@Home is a FREE program to help Sunnyvale residents save energy. Sponsored by the City of Sunnyvale and offered by Acterra, a local non-profit, Green@Home helps residents save money and reduce their environmental impact.

Come find out more at this educational workshop.

So we know how many people to plan for, please register here.
For more information, click here.

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Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Lecture Series: Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh

  • Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SOLD OUT

How We Know It Was Climate Change: Connecting Extreme Weather Events with Global Warming

Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh is the Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University. He studies the climate system, including the processes by which climate change could impact agriculture, water resources, and human health.

Click here to see Dr. Diffenbaugh's recent op-ed in the New York Times.

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