Uh Oh. What Toxics Are Lurking In Your Home?

What can you do to protect your family from toxic chemicals in your home? In short, fight with your dollars. On Nov. 12, Kunjan Shah, local architect and expert on healthy building systems, raised the specter of toxins lurking in our homes for a GreenTown talk at the Los Altos Library. Among her recommendations, are […]

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GreenTown Los Altos Turns 8! Many Thanks To YOU!

With this past year jam packed with events and activities, hopefully you were able to participate at one of our many hosted venues. We think the list is impressive and cover our 4 main areas of focus of Water, Watts, Waste and WoW:   • “Pedal Power” exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum • […]

Packard Foundation: Rising International’s Rising Star

Recently, the Packard Foundation held an Open House to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. With several hundred of their “fans” enjoying the good snacks and enlightening tours, a big highlight was the awards ceremony. With many groups receiving recognition, as well as cash grants, seeing the reactions of those recipients was particularly enjoyable given it was […]

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Could The Housing Crisis Ruin Our Economy?

At an Oct. 23 Helix talk at the Exploratorium’s Los Altos outpost, John Barton, Director of Stanford’s Architectural Design Program laid out the challenges for the future in a talk entitled, “The Housing Crisis That Could Ruin Our Economy.” His key issue centered around what he called the housing disconnect: – Housing is too expensive […]

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Kicking The Plastic Habit: Join Us Nov. 4

This review from amazon.com sums up the beauty of Beth Terry’s approach to a plastic free life! Beth Terry is the featured speaker for GreenTown Talks’ November event: Kicking the Plastic Habit at Los Altos Library, Mon. Nov. 4, 7PM-9PM. A practical guide to ridding your life–and the planet–of plastic! Like many people, Beth Terry […]

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Hey Kids! Nice Work! Average of 53% Wheel, Walk or Carpool To School. WoW!

Over the last two years GreenTown Los Altos, working with public school teachers within Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, have surveyed how students travel to school. In the latest survey ended May 2013, 67% of 7-8th graders, 51% of 4-6 graders, and 41% of K-3 graders – Walked, biked, carpooled, bused, or scootered to […]

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Meeting Review: New Energy For A New Era

By Charley Pow On June 4, Prof. Dan Kammen spoke about “New Energy For A New Era” to conclude Acterra’s Beyond Fossil Fuels lecture series. Kammen holds an endowed Chair of Energy and is Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (RAEL) at the University of California, Berkeley. Kammen played NASA’s Sea Ice Yearly […]

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We saw the Home of the Future!

GreenTown Los Altos visited the home of the future – and it looks great!

GreenTown Los Altos receives Los Altos Chamber Award

GreenTown Los Altos is thrilled to receive the 2012 Community Partnership Award from the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce. At a special ceremony at Chef Chu’s Restaurant on January 23, 2013, the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce recognized GreenTown Los Altos for its contribution over the past five years to environmental sustainability in Los Altos and Los […]

GreenTown kicks off Energy Program for 2013

GreenTown kicked off its Jan. 9th community meeting with an eye on saving energy.