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Apr 2018

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Celebrating Earth’s Resources with Creative Reuse and Upcycling

By Margie Suozzo and the DesignX Team Imagine this. If all people on our precious planet consumed food, clothing, and goods at a rate that Americans consume, we would need more than 5.1 Earths to sustain us. The problem is, we have only one. The products we consume impact people and the planet throughout their lifecycle: […]

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Apr 2018

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Skip The Straw? Save The Planet!

Did you know that more than half a billion disposable straws are used and thrown away every day in the U.S., alone? Most end up in our oceans, adding to the mass of plastic pollution that pollutes our water and kills marine life. If we don’t act now, it is projected that there will be […]

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Apr 2018

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How Can Clean Energy Help You? We’d Like To Know.

As Los Altos and Los Altos Hills electricity customers, energy consumers, general consumers, residents, and members of our community we’d like to hear from you, about what features or services you’d like to receive or have access to through Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE). Our community achieved a major milestone in ...

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Mar 2018

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Let’s Talk Traffic

GreenTown said, “Let’s Talk Traffic,” and March 14, we did just that and more in our continuing series of Traffic Talks. Arnold Ambiel kicked off the meeting by describing the new developments in Mountain View along San Antonio and El Camino. He told us that Mountain View and the Silicon Valley have been adding more ...

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Mar 2018

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Checking Out Our Local Water

Linda Ziff with GreenTown Los Altos partnered with Jeremy Merckling and Erin Banks Rusby of Grassroots Ecology Saturday, March 10, to host the annual World Water Monitoring Challenge and learn about good water management and check the quality of the water in Permanente Creek at Heritage Oaks Park. This year we still have water in ...

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Mar 2018

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Beyond the Climate Action Plan

Sunnyvale is making good progress on their Climate Action Plan, but they want to do more. They want to be carbon-neutral says Mayor Glenn Hendricks. To help them, IDEO, the Palo Alto design company, ran a six hour meeting Saturday, March 3, to gather ideas. Applying the IDEO principles of determining a need with in-depth […]

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Feb 2018

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We have clean electricity, let’s use it!

Our electricity is carbon-free, so let’s use it, but how? GreenTown hosted a smart energy talk Feb. 1 with two presenters. The first, Steve Schmidt, provided some answers. The HomeIntel program run by Steve’s company can use your smart meter data, analyze your energy use, tell you if you are wasting energy – and most […]

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Feb 2018

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The Last Straw. Really.

A packed crowd of 100 gathered at the Los Altos Library on Wed. evening, Jan. 17, because they’d had enough. Enough PLASTIC, that is! GreenTown hosted a showing of the inspiring short film: STRAWS: A Documentary for a Sea of Change – One Straw at a Time. Following the film, we learned about the actions […]

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Dec 2017

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Not One but Two Winter Solstice Night Bike Rides!

The first one ‘sold out’ almost immediately, so we scheduled two bike rides this year. One the day before the Winter Solstice and one on the day itself. We had over 20 riders each night, and with our bikes all tricked out with twinkly lights, we were a festive couple of groups. It was cold […]

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Dec 2017

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LASD Solar Panels – Up They Go!

By now you’re likely well aware that the Los Altos School District (LASD) is installing solar panels at all school sites. Panels at Blach Intermediate School and Loyola Elementary are already up! By the end of December, installation of panels at all the schools should be complete. (You may see some on the GreenTown Los […]

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Nov 2017

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Is Affordable Housing Possible In Los Altos?

It’s fairly well known that housing is not affordable in Los Altos, and that has consequences. Long commutes for school teachers, city staff, restaurant workers, merchants and the list goes on and on for those who are part of an important work ecosystem. When jobs don’t get filled or turnover is high, it impacts ...

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Nov 2017

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‘Twas The Night Before Winter Solstice….

Join GreenTown Los Altos on an 12 mile winter solstice night bike ride. A little early. Instead of starting on Dec. 21, for logistical reasons we’re doing the ride a day before the actual solstice. Think of it as extending the fun. Starting Point We start at Peet’s on State Street in Los Altos, decorate […]

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