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Mar 2017

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So, What’s In Your Water?

The “World Water Monitoring Challenge” gave us some clues about the health of Permanente Creek at Heritage Oaks Park in Los Altos. A group of instructors from Grassroots Ecology led an outdoor class and workshop March 11 in the science of creek water. Linda Ziff, water program lead for GreenTown, partnered with Grassroots ...

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Feb 2017

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How To “Watch Your Waste”

We had an impressive array of speakers for the February GreenTown meeting, “Watch Your Waste” at the Los Altos Library. Speakers included GreenTown’s Margie Suozzo, Susanna Chan, Los Altos Director of Public Works, Tim Giacomini with Mission Trail and Garth Schultz with R3 Consulting. Margie Suozzo kicked things off with ...

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Jan 2017

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Clean Electricity: Moving to Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) will soon be your official electricity provider, bringing us 100% carbon-free electricity at rates 1% lower than PG&E. Formed by twelve local government agencies in 2016, SVCE was established to provide clean electricity at competitive rates to PG&E. PG&E remains responsible for the ...

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Dec 2016

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Winter Solstice Night Ride Recap

Our second annual GreenTown Winter Solstice Night Bike Ride was a great success! We had 28 riders, including a few who by serendipity saw our colorfully decorated bikes and decided to go along for the ride with us. Literally. Starting off from Peet’s on State Street, we rode to Christmas Tree Lane in Palo Alto, […]

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Dec 2016

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Zero Net Energy? What’s That?

GreenTown attended a Zero Net Energy Workshop recently and learned that ZNE is coming our way by 2020 for new residential construction and by 2030 for new commercial construction and 50% of existing commercial construction. What does that mean? Simply put, a ZNE building produces as much energy as it uses over the course of […]

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Dec 2016

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Safe Streets – GreenTown “Completely” Likes That!

by Gary Hedden and Arnold Ambiel On Nov. 16 at the Los Altos Library, GreenTown hosted a talk “What’s a Complete Street?” Four speakers addressed the state of complete streets in Los Altos, Santa Clara County and the Bay Area and Cedric Novenario with the City of Los Altos had an answer, “It’s a street […]

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Nov 2016

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Save the Arctic Fox? These Kids Think So

A Lego challenge team to the rescue of what? Lego, the Danish toy company we know so well, sponsors an annual competition that calls for building a Lego structure to solve a problem. This year the theme is to help our animal allies. When the team of five 4th grade boys at Cumberland Elementary School, […]

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Nov 2016

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Students To The Rescue!

Alarmed by the plastic litter on our beaches, much of it plastic, and much of it destined to end up in the ocean, a group of Bullis Charter School’s 4th graders want to save our animal allies by cleaning up the litter. They have a plan and are sticking to it. The plan? Build a […]

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Nov 2016

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American Meadows: Beauty and The Flower Feast

There’s a new look in landscaping and it’s called the American Meadow. At a recent GreenTown Los Altos sponsored talk at the library, American Meadow expert John Greenlee showed a packed house example after example of backyards filled with abundant beauty. With colorful displays that rotated by season, wildflowers in ...

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Aug 2016

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Bike Day Was A BLEND of Fun!

From the blender bikes churning out smoothies to the Safe Moves Bike Rodeo. From ABC (air, bike, chain) safety checks to checking out an easy to build bamboo bike, Bike Day was nothing short of a fun day. These pictures tell the story!                         […]

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