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Dec 2018

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Night Bike Ride

by Gary Hedden GreenTown led another fun Winter Solstice Night Bike Ride – our fourth. No rain, not too cold and the lights on Christmas Tree Lane were terrific, as always. We even heard some great caroling by a group going house to house. We had 44 riders, including one girl who had just turned three. […]

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Dec 2018

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Green Team Installs New Set of Idling Signs

Check out the great work of the Los Altos High School Green Team!  

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Dec 2018

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Divine Intervention

~by Gary Hedden It may require Divine Intervention to solve the challenge of climate change, but the Green Team at St. Nicholas/St. William Church isn’t waiting. The Green Team is a small but energetic group of four – Maureen Lane, Liz Lilly, Karen Shea-Daly and Joan Sain. They have decided to take the words of Pope ...

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Dec 2018

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Buy Fresh, Buy Local: the Case for Being a Locavore

On November 29, GreenTown hosted an incredible panel of experts, each of whom spoke about the importance of eating locally. Our three speakers, Laura Stec, Peter Ruddock, and Rosalind ‘Ros’ Creasy took us on a journey of discovery, punctuated with laughs and a hearty discussion. Laura Stec (chef, educator and author specializing ...

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Dec 2018

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Applying Community-Based Social Marketing to GreenTown Programs

In late October, I attended a community-based social marketing (CBSM) training by Doug McKenzie-Mohr, an environmental psychologist who has been teaching CBSM to organizations for more than 20 years. My goal was to learn, from the preeminent expert on the topic, how to improve GreenTown’s efforts to mitigate climate change through ...

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Oct 2018

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From Gee Whiz to Global Impact!

By Gary Hedden From “Gee Whiz to Global Impact!” — that’s what Lindsay Hower with Nature Conservancy entitled a recent panel discussion. Held on the Google Campus, it featured the use of ‘big data’ to understand and help solve complicated real-world problems. Panelist Rebecca Moore, Executive ...

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Oct 2018

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Waymo Waybetta in Los Altos

By Gary Hedden You have seen them. A lot of them – Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler minivans. Waymo is an independent company under the Google umbrella that started testing in 2009 and became Waymo in 2016. They have completed 5 million miles of self-driven operation and billions of miles of simulated driving. Their goal is ...

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Oct 2018

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Plastic, Plastic, Everywhere…

~by Margie Suozzo On Wednesday, September 12, GreenTown hosted a screening of the documentary film, A Plastic Ocean, at the Los Altos Library with over 50 people in attendance. Tim Giacomini of Mission Trail Waste System also presented on the state of recycling, given changes in China’s recyclable materials import ...

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Oct 2018

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California leads the way with “Straws on Request”

  ~by Kim Jelfs California has become the first state in the nation to address the issue of single-use plastic pollution with its straws on request policy [1].  Beginning January 1, 2019, dine-in, full-service restaurants can provide straws only when requested by customers. (Fast food restaurants are exempt). In his signing ...

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Oct 2018

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GreenTown’s ReCycle Bike Drive: Make Someone Smile

~by Margie Suozzo GreenTown Los Altos’ next ReCycle Bike Drive is coming Sunday, October 14! We are seeking YOUR donations. Please donate gently used bikes so that we can clean, repair and distribute them to kids in need. We will be collecting bikes from 10AM-2PM at Los Altos High School. Community activist, Kathleen Santora, ...

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Sep 2018

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Bike Tour of Historic Los Altos

~by Gary Hedden Started six years ago, GreenTown led another bike tour of historic homes and places in Los Altos Sept. 23. With almost thirty riders, many of them kids, this family-friendly bike ride of eight miles visited over twenty spots. We started at the History Museum, stopped at the grand Marini Estate, saw the […]

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Aug 2018

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Looking for a Reusable Straw?

With all this talk about the perils of plastic straws, you might want to consider purchasing a reusable straw. Epicurious did the work to review those they found were best. Check out their reviews here.      

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