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Nov 2019

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Make a Difference: Eat for the Planet

by Wendy Tanz Nil Zacharias, co-founder of One Green Planet and weekly podcast #eatfortheplanet, explained to a full-house the dangers of continuing to grow and process animals for food. Our water, land and air are all being destroyed by the animal food-based industry. We’re pushing our planetary boundaries! The advent of the ...

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Oct 2019

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Welcome to our New Waste Reduction Intern!

~by Margie Suozzo I had the great pleasure of meeting Jo, our new intern, in early October. She will be working with the Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention Team for 4, 2-week blocks throughout the school year. She just finished her first block and was excited to get going. Jo shares a bit of her […]

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Oct 2019

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The Round Up on Roundup

Los Altos Has Been Busy Several communities in our area have, or are considering, banning harmful herbicides and pesticides. Here in Los Altos, the Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission, at its August meeting, recommended a ban in city parks on all synthetic herbicides (including glyphosate-containing Roundup) and pesticides in a ...

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Oct 2019

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Coastal Cleanup Day Volunteers Recover 51,260 Pounds of Trash in Santa Clara!

GreenTown’s 45 Volunteers Helped! As part of National Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 21, GreenTown Los Altos organized about 45 volunteers to clean Permanente Creek at Heritage Oaks Park in Los Altos. The event began as cub scouts, girl scouts, teens and adults gathered around the Enviroscape watershed model to learn about ...

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Aug 2019

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Where Do I Recycle THIS?

by Margie Suozzo Summer is over and the kids are back in school. Time to purge! I recently received an email from a friend in Los Altos who had done a bit of an “excavation” in her house. The kids were back in school and she had time to clear out rooms and closets of […]

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Aug 2019

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The Plant-Based Family: A guide to feeding your family that’s good for them and good for the planet, too!

by Samantha Enos Three years ago, my family of five decided to go vegan after watching a few documentaries on food. It was a challenge at first with three kids (ages 2 to 7 at the time) but now I’ve developed a list of some of my family’s favorite recipes. I want to share it […]

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Apr 2019

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A Zero Waste Story: How Are WE Ever Going To DO THIS?

I asked my daughter this question back in the summer of 2011 as we stood in the bathroom tissue aisle at Safeway. Surrounded by a sea of rolls in various incarnations—single-ply, double-ply, extra-soft, quilted, patterned, recycled—we couldn’t find what we wanted. You see, my daughter and I were on a quest. Concerned with the ...

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Feb 2019

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Ocean Plastics: What Comes Around Goes Around; Now in Better Ways

Hope. That was one of the main messages of a GreenTown-sponsored talk on “Ocean Plastics: Circular Economy and Green Chemistry Solutions” on Wed., Jan 23 at the Los Altos Library. Julie Noblitt, a long-time advocate for reducing plastic waste, and the Energy and Climate Director of Acterra, a Palo-Alto based regional ...

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Nov 2018

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New Recommendations for Recycling Thin Plastics

by Margie Suozzo Plastic bags and plastic film — the ubiquitous thin plastic packaging that protects our bread, tortilla chips and toilet paper — is a major challenge for local recycling facilities. The good news is that there are better ways to recycle thin plastic packaging. However — like the order in the adage ...

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Nov 2018

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Greening the Holidays

by Lia Evard While most of us notice an increase in spending during the holiday season, we don’t always see the increase in what we send to the our landfills.  Americans throw away about 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve than the rest of the year. If every American family wrapped […]

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Oct 2018

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ReCycle Bike Drive 2018 – More Smiles

~By Margie Suozzo On October 14, GreenTown collected 100 bicycles for kids in need! A great group of volunteers washed, filled tires and repaired more than 50 gently-used bicycles, which were delivered to low-income students at Los Altos High School, Castro Elementary and Graham Middle Schools, where need is significant.The remaining ...

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Nov 2016

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Welcoming Kris Jensen Our New Executive Director.

We’re rather pleased that we’ve found a perfect match! Please join Greentown Los Altos in welcoming Kris Jensen as our new executive director. Kris comes to us as an environmental activist and nonprofit executive eager to engage with our community around GreenTown’s work in making Los Altos and Los Altos Hills more ...

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