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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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The Anti-Idling Campaign Results Are In. And Impressive!

We have the results from the Los Altos High School Anti-Idling Campaign! With total idling observed reduced by 79%. So how’d we gather the data? We surveyed idling before and after the installation of anti-idling signs and implementation of the campaign. Which is how we observed that total idling observed was reduced by 79%. At ...

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May 2019

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Introducing The Carbon Bootcamp. Cool The Planet. #OneChoiceAtATime

Introducing the Carbon Bootcamp! An easy way for us to collectively make an impact at cooling the planet by the choices we make. One choice at a time. So what is it? The Carbon Bootcamp is a program that guides you in lowering your climate impact. You’ll receive free boxes filled with gear and challenges […]

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May 2019

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A New Twist For Fighting Climate Change: Show Us The Money!

At GreenTown Los Altos we’re always looking for innovative ways to fight climate change. And we found one. The keyword is Divestment. Both Los Altos and Los Altos Hills invest monies in an array of industries. Including the fossil fuel industry. Fossil fuel companies Chevron and Exxon and many offending lenders are in our local ...

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May 2019

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An Additional Way To Fight Climate Change.

Want to do more to fight climate change? Here’s a simple way to make a mark. Thanks to Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), we have a carbon-free electric power supply. Let’s make it count by building on that. Quite literally. SVCE and other agencies developed amendments to what’s called the “Reach Codes” ...

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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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May 2019

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Dr. Hardy Jones Memorial Bike Ride

For the third year, GreenTown Los Altos led a bike ride in memory of the late Dr. Hardy Jones of Los Altos. Hardy collected scrap metal and turned it into what he liked to call “found art.” As an orthopedic surgeon, he also called it “orthopedic art,” turning broken pieces of metal into artwork. Most […]

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Apr 2019

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Gas Leaf Blower Use Is Down. Here’s Why.

Gas leaf blower use has decreased in my neighborhood. How about yours? Recently hired Los Altos Police Department code enforcement officer, Karan Malhi has been busy responding to calls throughout our community for the past few months. He encourages residents to call the non-emergency police number (947-2770) when violations are in ...

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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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