Palo Alto has new environmental sustainability goals for 2012

     Along with other issues the city will be focusing on this year, increasing environmental sustainability will remain a priority for Palo Alto. According to Palo Alto Online article, Green goals, infrastructure on city’s 2012 agenda  posted on January 6, city council is aiming to achieve new performance targets for its Climate Action and Zero Waste plans.


GREENLIGHT Film Festival

The Greenlight Earth Day Film Festival is a celebration of  Earth Day featuring film projects that explore environmental citizenship and show how individual actions can reduce environmental impacts. Films featured at the 2012 Festival will be produced by local artists and student-produced films.  Deadline for entries will be March 2012. This film should creatively inspire others to find ways of saving energy! The requirements for submitting a film in this category include: must be a student (any age group) and must present a film focused on energy conservation and efficiency. The winning filmmaker will wear the title “Community Energy Champion” and receive a special award. The winning film will get viewed at Santa Clara County schools and far beyond.

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Tree is planted for Fallen Los Altos environmental leader

A tree will be planted in memory of Patty Rosewater, 58, the chair of the Los Altos Environmental Commission and a former GreenTown Los Altos finance chair. The ceremony was held Dec. 10 at 2 pm. Rosewater was known for her energy and organization, she passed away with liver failure on Sept. 4. The tree was planted at Redwood Groove Nature Preserve because  Rosewater had been involved with environmental nonprofit Acterra’s plans to remove non-native species there. (Search Nature)


More private Bay Area land could become protected (PA Online)

According to a Palo Alto Online article published on Dec. 11, the Bay Area Open Space Council  identified over 1 million acres of private land that will potentially become protected. This study of the Bay Area is part of an effort to maintain its biodiversity. 

See Palo Alto Online Article 


New Photo Page

We added a new photo page to the sites where we will feature pictures of nature sites around the Bay Area. You can open it by clicking the word “PHOTOS” on the upper left corner of this page. 

We will also put up any photos that are sent to us, so email us your pictures (our emails are on the right sidebar) to see them on this website!


Mothers Breath Easy (Clean Air Act)

Silicon Valley mothers have united to  laucnh a new initiative called Moms Clean Air Force. This is the idea of Ms. Browning,“Mother love is a force of nature,” author and environmentalist, and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Industry and some congressional leaders are trying to undermine the Clean Air Act, originally passed by President Nixon in 1970. The act “was intended to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants”.

“We want to transcend politics to get to a deeper core of values, the ones that protect our children’s future,” Ms. Browning said.

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Co- Founder of the Committee for Green Foothills dies at 92 (Palo Alto Online)

Ruth Beahrs Spangenberg, one of the co-founders of the Commitee for Green Foothills, died recently. The committee, established in 1962, helps protect nature and wildlife around the San Fransisco Bay Peninsula. 

Palo Alto Online Post


Measure E Passes in Palo Alto (Palo Alto Online)

Palo Alto voters passed measure by with 64 percent, giving the city of Palo Alto the option to start a composting operation on 10 acres of Byxbee Park.

City rethinks plan to scrap composting operation Palo Alto Online   


Environmental Volunteering Opportunities (Palo Alto Online)

Looking to help  out Palo Alto’s environment? Check out some of these programs that offer volunteering opportunities.

3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Acterra
aims to create local solutions that foster a healthy natural environment. The
organization hosts talks on environmental issues and provides community programs
on the environment.
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5
Call 650-962-9876.

3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. A
nonprofit advocate for the urban forests of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and
neighboring communities. Educates public about trees and encourages
environmental stewardship through tree planting and tree-care opportunities. The
website includes a list of local certified arborists, a Tree Library and 14
self-guided tree walks.
Call 650-964-6110.


3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Dedicated to
promoting an understanding of and responsibility for the environment through
hands-on, natural science education. Volunteer docents inspire a love of nature
through classroom presentations in schools with related field trips to local
nature sites.

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Call 650-961-0545.

Info and links provided by Palo Alto’s online ( community resoruces.


Caltrain… electrified? (Palo Alto Patch)

The design for the high-speed rail is considered too expensive and too risky by many, but a new plan to electrify Caltrain’s tracks and create a “blended system” may just save the idea, according to a story on Palo Alto Patch posted on Wednesday. 

Palo Alto Patch Article