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Jun 2019

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Keep Calm and Compost

~Chloe Olsen The Los Altos Farmers’ Market is a much anticipated time of the year, where family and friends can come together every Thursday during the summer to try some of the best food and drink in the Bay Area. From fresh organic fruits and veggies to colorful snow-cones and gourmet take-out, it is an […]

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Jun 2019

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Another Great Solstice Ride

~Gary Hedden GreenTown led 30 cyclists on this year’s Summer Solstice Night Bike Ride. We had a good group of riders including families, members of the Los Altos High School Green Team, and one couple from San Jose. The weather was perfect as we headed from Peet’s on State Street, turned north on Los Altos […]

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Jun 2019

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Outputs, Outcomes

~by Gary Hedden How do you measure success? It’s important. We need to know if what we are doing is working. We need to know if all the effort is worth it. A workshop hosted by the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits offered some insight. GreenTown was there and we learned that the first step […]

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Jun 2019

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Healthy Food, Healthy Planet

~by Gary Hedden Ocean Robbins doesn’t eat ice cream. His grandfather co-founded Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors and his grandson won’t touch ice cream. We love ice cream, but it’s dairy, fat, sugar, and flavorings – not healthy Ocean told us at GreenTown’s June community forum. He then listed the ills associated with an ...

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May 2019

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Resilient Trees

~Gary Hedden Master Arborist Dave Muffly told a packed room at the Los Altos Library about the importance of planting resilient trees, trees that will do well now, and continue to do well in a future shaped by climate change. He started his talk describing his experience as chief arborist at Apple Park, the new […]

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Apr 2019

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2019 Lawn Be Gone Bike Ride

We had another great Lawn Be Gone Bike Ride on Saturday, April 13. We saw some yards without a blade of grass and lots of green and colorful plants. It can be done, and one yard had a ‘meadow lawn’ that had not been mowed in two years and it looked great. We started at the […]

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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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