Mission & Vision

Who We Are

GreenTown Los Altos is a grassroots initiative of residents and businesses in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills making our community more environmentally healthy for our children and grandchildren. The organization was founded in October 2007 and currently operates as a fiscal project of Acterra, a registered 501(c) 3. Our primary seed funder was the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. We participate in collaborative Bay Area efforts to influence regional sustainability.


photoTo educate and inspire the people of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills to take action that will make our communities more environmentally healthy and vibrant today and for future generations.


The residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills make decisions about land use, water, energy and waste that are informed by an understanding of their environmental impacts – both locally and how those impacts affect the overall health of the planet. Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are economically vital, and are models of effective citizen action, enlightened public programs and policies, and informed land, energy, water and waste decisions. By measurably reducing our waste, energy and water use, our communities will continue to be one of California’s most desirable places to live and work.

Three Year Goals (July 2010-June 2013)

  1. Reduce Total Water Consumption
    Achieve community water reduction of 15% below 2004 baseline as measured and reported by CalWater and the local municipal governments.
  2. Reduce Total Energy Usage
    From a 2005 baseline, propose and support community usage targets in line with regional goals.
  3. Reduce Non-Recyclable Waste Generated
    Partner with Mission Trail Waste Systems to educate residential, business and community users and facilitate contract implementation to meet the 78% contracted diversion target by September 2013.
  4. Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled
    Reduce vehicle trips in town through education, incentive programs and improved bicycle and pedestrian accessibility.