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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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Nov 2018

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Show up for our Waterways on 11/27

NOW IS THE TIME!  Your voice matters. Council will vote on a proposed shoulder paving policy that includes a 3-foot asphalt swale to the City Right of Way. GreenTown has advocated that permeable materials, not asphalt, be the default. The item is on the consent agenda, perilously close to a final decision. The item is on the ...

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Nov 2018

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What? Pesticides in my Kid’s Cereal?

by Samantha Enos In the past few months, many news articles have exposed the presence of weed killers in popular children’s cereals. Non-profit organizations such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted research on the topic, with alarming results. What may not be as well known is that these same products — shown ...

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Nov 2018

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Idling Engines are Harming our Children

Do your friends sit in their cars with the engines on while waiting for their kids to get out of school? Okay, maybe you’ve even done it yourself once or twice. Do you ever get into your car, turn it on, then check your phone or eat a sandwich? What about when you go to […]

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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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27

Oct 2018

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Farm to Table Dinner a Success! Local Heroes Honored!

– By Margie Suozzo It’s a wrap! GreenTown supporters enjoyed a magical evening of connecting with environmentally-minded community members while enjoying family-style dining and bidding on a creative array of silent and live auction items. The event was held in the beautiful History Museum Courtyard on Saturday, October ...

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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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