Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Free Morgan Hill Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic in Morgan Hill. 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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Aug
3
11:00 AM11:00

Free Mountain View Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic in Mountain View. 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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Aug
10
10:30 AM10:30

Free Sunnyvale Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic in Sunnyvale. 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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Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

Free Electric Vehicle Workshop in Los Altos

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.

Register now at: bit.ly/goev9-8-19

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 pm EV owners will display their vehicles and answer questions about EV ownership
5 pm Workshop and Q&A

Register now at bit.ly/goev9-8-19 to guarantee your spot.

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Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Free Gilroy Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic in Gilroy. 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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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: www.acterra.org/bea-2019-reception

The event features an opportunity to meet and learn from the 2019 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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May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Green@Home Workshop: Electrify for the Future

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

Learn how to fight climate change by reducing your energy usage and shifting to electric heating and appliances, including induction cooktop technology. The presentation will begin with a demonstration of Acterra's new induction cooktop loaner program. Presented by Acterra’s Energy and Climate Director, Julie Noblitt, and Home Energy Advisor, Patti Sexton.

More information: bit.ly/gh51919

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May
14
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Lecture Series: Annie Notthoff

Climate leadership and the future of transportation in California: Annie Notthoff in conversation with Max Baumhefner

Annie Notthoff is the Senior Western Advocacy Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco and Sacramento, working on a broad range of initiatives to promote climate action, public health and environmental protection. She led NRDC’s efforts to get many of California’s nationally significant environmental laws enacted including: the Marine Life Protection Act (1999), Pavley Clean Car bill (2002), Global Warming Solutions Act (2006), climate and land use (2008), water policy reforms (2009), Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act (2015), 2030 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets and Equity (2016), and extending California’s price on carbon to 2030 and strengthening local air quality controls (2017). Ms. Notthoff is a board member on the State Coastal Conservancy and she served on the board of the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) for over 20 years. In 2015, Ms. Notthoff was honored to receive a CLCV Northern California Environmental Leadership Award. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

Max Baumhefner is Senior Attorney with the Climate and Clean Energy Program at NRDC, based in San Francisco. Mr. Baumhefner works to make our nation’s cars, trucks, and buses zero emission vehicles. He focuses on electrifying the transportation sector in a manner that also accelerates the transition to a smarter, more affordable electric grid powered by renewable resources. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Pomona College and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.

All lectures are FREE for Acterra members (promo code “member”), free for students (code “student”) 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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May
6
9:00 AM09:00

Free Gilroy Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic at the St. Joseph’s Family Center in Gilroy. 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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Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

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 am EV owners will display their vehicles in the parking lot and answer questions about EV ownership
11:20 am Workshop and Q&A

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Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Free Sunnyvale Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic in the Columbia Neighborhood of Sunnyvale. 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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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 Professor and Program Director at Presidio Graduate School, teaching Economy and Society at both the San Francisco and Seattle campuses. Khalid's teaching and program development takes an inter-sectoral approach to understanding sustainability and social justice problems facing the world today. His work on curriculum design at Presidio Graduate School builds on his experience creating an innovative interdisciplinary engineering course at UC Berkeley that trains future engineers to engage with the social and political roots of their technical work. In recognition of this work, Khalid was awarded the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service for Service-Learning Leadership. In addition to his teaching, Khalid has consulted with various non-profit organizations on environmental sustainability, water, sanitation, and poverty, with an eye towards addressing the needs of marginalized communities.

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
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

Fast-Track your ride by pre-registering here.

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En español

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Apr
11
6:15 PM18:15

Community Meeting: Home Upgrades and Energy Savings

Community members who live in East Palo Alto or Menlo Park are invited to learn about local resources and organizations that provide low-to-no-cost home repair and upgrades, and learn ways to save energy for your home, including home weatherization and subsidized solar panels for those who qualify. Acterra is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and GRID Alternatives to host this meeting to better help renters and homeowners lower their utility bills and make homes safer, healthier, and more sustainable.

For more information contact Violet Saena at 408-990-6447

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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 memorable evening honoring our Earth Champion Donors, complete with silent and live auctions, festive organic food and drink, and music and dancing. Take a selfie in the life-size electric vehicle photo booth and see the new induction cooktop program in action.

Party for the Planet is Acterra’s largest community-building event and a critical fundraiser that benefits Acterra’s acclaimed environmental programs. New this year: bid on auction items directly from your mobile phone.

Tickets on sale now! Purchase yours here

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

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Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

Free Milpitas Energy Clinic

Do you have questions about your energy bill? Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic at the Milpitas 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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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.

Reserve your seat

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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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.

Register now at: www.bit.ly/goev3-16-19

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
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”

Register now at www.bit.ly/goev3-13-19

 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
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
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 Public Library. 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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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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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
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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