From Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet <[email protected]>
Subject Green Your Earth Month with A New Day, EVs, Youth Lecture, & Green Team Forum
Date April 2, 2021 2:37 AM
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Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali is TOMORROW! DONATE ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ Register Now Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali A New Day: From Surviving to Thriving TOMORROW, April 2 @ noon PT Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali will address the serious health, economic, and environmental disparities present today and how to overcome these challenges in the future. During the Q & A portion we will bring the issues of resilience and social justice home to the Bay Area. A nationally regarded EJ leader who is in high demand for speaking engagements, Dr. Ali is VP of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation. We'd like to express our gratitude to these co-sponsors: Citizens' Environmental Council of Burlingame, Climate Resilient Communities, Grassroots Ecology, Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action, POST, San Francisco Department of the Environment, San Mateo County Citizens' Climate Lobby, Silicon Valley North Citizens' Climate Lobby, Sustainable San Mateo County, The Climate Center, and The Climate Reality Project Bay Area Chapter. Register now Solar Rooftops: Steps to Electrify the Home Tuesday, April 6 @ 2 pm PT Solar energy costs keep falling. Curious to learn more? Join us for the third free workshop in our Green@Home series. Guest Mike Balma from SunWork, a local non-profit, will speak about solar panel installations on a home roof. You'll learn the benefits of residential solar panels, contractors, rebates, and how to optimize panel installations. A PG&E representative will join at the close to discuss new Time-of-Use plans. Register Now The theme of the Spring 2021 Lectures is Climate Solutions: Scaling Impacts, featuring Bay Area leaders and thinkers whose work has regional and even global importance. Julia Zeitlin, Sunrise Movement April 14, 2021 4:30 pm PT If you live in the Bay Area, you have likely heard of the Sunrise Movement, a potent force for youth climate activism. Julia Zeitlin is a 14-year-old organizer and Bay Area leader who founded the Sunrise Palo Alto Hub in 2019 and later co-founded and expanded the Silicon Valley Sunrise Hub. A member of the Palo Alto Youth Council, Julia is currently working on a Task Force with the Sustainability Office of Palo Alto on their new Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. The Sunrise Movement is internationally recognized for its many campaign successes, including making the Green New Deal a familiar household term. Final Event in Our Series: May 26 - Nitesh Dullabh, Sustainable Development Strategist - Register Here. Register now Think You Can't Afford an EV? Think Again! Saturday, April 17 @ 10 am PT Electric vehicles cost less to maintain and fuel up, and handle great. Plus, they're better for the planet than gas-powered vehicles. At this hands-on clinic you'll learn about the many financial assistance programs and grants available to income-qualifying consumers. Afterwards, receive one-on-one consultations for help completing your applications. Spanish interpretation available. Register now Silicon Valley Green Team Network Forum: Organizational Climate Action Thursday, April 22 @ 1-3 pm PT Learn more about a proven framework for driving climate change action within your organization. Experts at Plan C Advisors, including Keynote Amanda North, will share their best practices based on working with industry-leading companies to embed climate preparedness for the biggest impact. This free event will also feature breakout sessions for deeper discussion, virtual networking, and action planning. Register now Save the Date: Virtual Coffee with Lauren Weston Wednesday, April 28 @ 11 am PT Join us for an informal coffee chat with Executive Director Lauren Weston and guest Bee Hui Yeh of Plan C Advisors. This engaging hour of dialogue is for community members to meet each other, find areas of common ground, and grow opportunities for meaningful collaboration on sustainability work. Recruiting Middle Schoolers Now: You(th) Be the Change Do you know any awesome 7th- or 8th-grade students? Help them become the next climate leaders in your community. Acterra has launched a free three-week educational afterschool program for middle schoolers. Students will gain tools, knowledge, and agency to advocate for themselves and their community when it comes to taking meaningful environmental action and confronting the climate crisis. Head to to sign up and access the self-paced lessons. Thank you to the Mitsubishi Corporation and the Applied Materials Foundation for their financial support. Cooking Classes for Earth Month A few spots remain for April’s induction cooking classes, which will be held on Thursday 4/8/21 and Tuesday 4/20/21 at 6:30 PM PDT (please commit to attending both dates). Cook alongside Chef Kelvin in your kitchen every other week. You'll dive into plant-forward recipes and cultural cuisines while navigating with ease through induction cooking. Early registrants will be able to check out a loaner induction hob from Acterra. Sign up: Join Us for Meatless May! Acterra is launching the "Meatless May" challenge to go plant-forward. Show your love for our planet by eating less meat and more plants. Personalize your approach to fit your comfort level — whether it’s eating plant-based once a day, once a week, every day, or somewhere in between. Sign up today at Healthy Habits: Combat Air Pollution, Use Clean Energy Air pollution is a major contributor to poor health in many parts of our state. On World Health Day (April 7) and throughout Earth Month, be mindful of how we can help conserve energy, use cleaner energy, and combat air pollution. When you power down during the hours of 4-9pm, Californians benefit from a cleaner, greener energy supply fueled by renewables. Time of Use tips that will help: going outside during the 4-9pm window; scheduling activities such as EV charging, vacuuming, laundry, or heating/cooling outside the 4-9pm window (when electricity rates are lower); and turning off lights and devices when not in use. Remember, Santa Clara County PG&E customers will transition to Time of Use electricity plans in June 2021, and San Francisco PG&E customers will make the switch in July 2021. Learn more. Reach Codes Update by Jared Johnson It is a busy time at the statehouse, and Acterra's volunteers are scheduling meetings with representatives to advocate for climate bills, such as SB 67 – Clean Energy: California 24/7 Clean Energy Standard Program and SB 68 – Reducing the Barriers to Electrification. This week our Policy team is meeting with members of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee to tell them why these bills are necessary first steps to rapid decarbonization. Please use the contacts on the page link to write your own letters of support for this legislation. Locally, the city of Belmont held a study session last week to discuss the development of a new climate action plan (CAP). Local students spoke in support of passing a strong CAP that includes reach codes for all-electric new construction and access to EV charging for every new apartment unit. Councilmember Davina Hurt, a strong advocate for new reach codes, urged the council to be “BOLD.” Staff presented a draft CAP that included an EV reach code and suggested new buildings should be electric, though with room open for exceptions. If you live in Belmont and want to make sure your city is taking strong action on climate change, send an email to Mayor Charles Stone and City Council expressing your support for local climate action and asking that the city’s CAP include reach codes to prohibit natural gas use in new buildings and ensure new buildings offer EV charging for every unit. If you can, add Belmont’s next city council meeting to your calendar (tentatively set for April 13). Environmental Justice Advisory Council Appointments The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council was created by Executive Order (Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad) to fulfill the administration's commitment to confronting environmental injustice and to ensuring that historically marginalized and polluted, overburdened communities have more input on federal policies and decisions. Appointments to this Council were recently announced, representing a diversity of voices from different regions of the country, some from California (Angelo Logan, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Miya Yoshitani). Read more Contact your legislators: State Senator Josh Becker (District 13) (650) 212-3313 (San Mateo) State Senator Dave Cortese (District 15) (408) 286-8318 (San Jose) Assemblymember Evan Low (District 28) (408) 446-2810 (Cupertino) Assemblymember Marc Berman (District 24) (650) 691-2121 (Los Altos) Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (District 22) (650) 349-2200 (San Mateo) U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo (CA-18) (202) 225-8104 U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (CA-14) (202) 225-3531 U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841 U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (202) 224-3553 Job Opening: The HEAL Project, Bilingual Educator LINK Help develop and run a food distribution program, support communication, partnerships, and community outreach. Apr 3, 10 am - 12 pm. Edible Home Gardening Workshop LINK Find support for starting your edible spring garden (big or small). Presented by the Office of Sustainability of San Mateo County. Tuesdays in April, 9 am - 12:30 pm. Water Conservation Showcase LINK One of the most highly regarded water conservation events in the state, this free showcase is open to anyone interested in the water issues of our day. Apr 7, 7:30 pm. Health Issues Related to Climate Change: With Dr. Michael Martin LINK This 350 Silicon Valley/Palo Alto event features Physicians for Social Responsibility's Dr. Michael Martin with advice on healthy sustainable actions for your household including energy usage and dietary choices. Apr 15, 10-11:30 am. WET Talk 5: Meet the Regulators! LINK The Water, Environment, Technology (WET) Talk series from Sustainable Silicon Valley offers insight on vital water issues. Featuring Tom Mumley & Dave Smith, two leading stewards and regulators of SF Bay water quality. Apr 22, 5 pm. Zero Wasty, Very Tasty Cook-Along LINK City of Sunnyvale presents a cook-along event with zero waste blogger and chef Anne-Marie Bonneau. Apr 24, 5 pm. Drive Clean-A-Thon LINK When you switch to an EV or e-bike, it’s a BIG action that improves air quality and cools the planet. At this event, EV and e-bike experts will share unbiased expertise to help you learn how to save time, money, and the planet Apr 28, 10-11:30 am. Driving to 2030 with Speed and Equity LINK Fourth in The Climate Center's "Climate-Safe CA" webinar series. May 14, 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Sustainable San Mateo County's Annual Award Celebration will honor Rick Bonilla, Vice Mayor of the City of San Mateo; The HEAL Project; Service by Medallion; all-electric buildings; green buildings; and more. LINK ACTERRA: ACTION FOR A HEALTHY PLANET 3921 E Bayshore Road, Suite 208, Palo Alto, CA 94303, 650-962-9876, Acterra brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. 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