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Oct 2018

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Waymo in Los Altos

~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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Sep 2018

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YOU Can Help Reduce Plastic Pollution: One Straw at a Time!

By Eric Warmoth Lately, straws have dominated the national conversation surrounding plastic pollution in the media. While many people absentmindedly place them in their sodas, coffee, and smoothies without a second thought, they pose a grave danger to marine life and are among the top ten items found in beach cleanups every year. ...

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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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Aug 2018

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Energy Day on the Green

by Gary Hedden GreenTown Los Altos hosted another successful Energy Day on the Green August 19. The highlight was the give-away of 20 electric chargers to some very happy electric car owners. GreenTown wants your next car to be electric and this is one way to promote the idea. Thank you PowerFlex, a Los Altos […]

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Jul 2018

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Greentown’s Second Annual Edible Tree Tour!

If you were anywhere near the Los Altos Library Sunday afternoon on June 24, you’d have seen a group of about 50 people walking around talking about trees and the food they produce as part of GreenTown’s Second Annual Edible Tree Walk. Greentown’s executive director, Kris Jensen, was joined by local food historian and policy ...

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Jun 2018

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Another Great Sunset!

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

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May 2018

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A Great Day for Solar!

by Gary Hedden The sun wasn’t out but it didn’t matter – the ribbon cutting on the new solar array at Oak School made it a great day for solar. The ceremony marked the official start, but the panels at the nine LASD schools were already producing electricity, and according to Jeff Baier, LASD Superintendent, […]

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May 2018

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National River Cleanup Day – Los Altos Edition!

by Linda Ziff On National River Cleanup Day, May 19, 2018, GreenTown Los Altos gathered a group of volunteers at Heritage Oaks Park to remove debris from Permanente Creek and the adjacent diversion channel. We were part of a countywide effort of 1274 volunteers at 44 sites sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Water District. […]

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