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April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

I participated in ACTerraGreen, Acterra's program for community efforts to fight Global Warming. The program was innovative and heard the voices of our school community. It felt fantastic to connect with others in trying to change our habits, and see the collective impact we could have on the planet. In an era of increasing "doomsday" messages where our children face the grim reality, this feeling of empowerment and action at the community level was amazing.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in our community's level of awareness on how each of our action contributes to fighting climate change.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the connections it fostered among the participants, and the ongoing support in changing the world one action at a time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and passionate - not judgemental and recognizing that change is a process, which is key for an environmental organization wishing to support change.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Launch community-based programs all over the world - it would be so powerful to see how multiple communities working on their own campaigns can aggregate their impact and move the needle on climate change.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

April 24, 2009

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April 24, 2009

Acterra organized Palo Alto's Solar Homes Tour and did an excellent job with the event. They are closely integrated with our community with many programs to improve our local environment. I appreciate their focus on education.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their dedication to the details of running a special event.

Ways to make it better...

They had more staff to do even more outreach!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

April 21, 2009

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April 21, 2009

The passion and dedication of the folks who work at and volunteer for Acterra is amazing and the programs are well thought out and make use of proven behavior changing techniques. Their Be the Change leadership program was fantastic, and it has been a great experience to train with the Green@Home project and do some housecalls to improve energy efficiency and awareness.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improving energy efficiency in homes and training environmental leaders.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the wonderful passionate super smart people I've met.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very smart and very dedicated and inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

protect a lot of open space, work to create green collar jobs improving energy efficiency in buildings.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

Acterra is beautifying one of our bike paths near the historic El Palo Alto. They do a great job planting natives and keeping the weeds there at bay.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the beautiful native garden at El Palo Alto.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning about the native plants especially the overlooked grasses.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Arnie Thompson

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save water in our thirsty chaparral community, by showing everyone how to xeriscape with native plants instead of watering lawns.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

High points for really acting locally, engaging schools and homeowners in work that can make a difference. The energy audit program which should lead to weatherizing and insulating projects is one of the single most important things an average citizen can do to save energy.

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Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

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Good communication and outreach into large corporate businesses that can influence Bay Area culture

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very professional and very focussed, especially a few individuals who are pursuing 'encore' careers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Influence big infrastructure projects like passive solar construction and urban planning around transit centers

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

I recently became aware of a new program of Acterra's named ACTerra Green. As part of the effort to reduce our carbon footprint, Acterra is applying the latest learning in social marketing to motivate changes in behavior. ACTerra Green works at the community level, a school, church or workplace, and gives the entire community a challenge to reduce their energy usage. The individual effort is magnified by the power of the group, so each individual begins to believe they are really making a difference. Bravo Acterra!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Motivating individuals and groups to make the changes necessary to reduce their carbon footprint.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep up the great work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing I'm helping make a difference for something I really care about.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Really smart, imaginative thinkers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring ACTerra Green to every community in the country.

Ways to make it better...

Acterra had more money to do more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, money and money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

ACTerra should continue to invest in marketing its great track record and reputation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 19, 2009

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April 19, 2009

People may say that they wish to become involved locally but don't know where to begin. The Acterra EcoCalendar, a frequent listing of local environmental events ranging from movies and lectures to vigorous physical activities, provides a means for people of all ages and capabilities to participate in local environmental improvement. This is an easy way to discover how you may get involved in a way that suits you best. Find the Acterra EcoCalendar at http://www.acterra.org/calendar

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing people out into the world of environmental action.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 19, 2009

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April 19, 2009

I have worked for Acterra as a volunteer. The organization has vision, focus and a passion for the environment. They take thoughtful and intelligent steps to achieve their goals. Acterra's "green@home" program is one example of their vision of sustainability. Under the direction of trained volunteers, homeowners learn simple steps to reduce their overall consumption. Small steps, huge dividends.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

constructive meetings that develop creative solutions to environmental issues.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to raise more money for it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that their enthusiasm is contagious.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sincere, smart and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go nationally with various programs.

Ways to make it better...

I have only had positive experiences.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising funds in a down economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It's refreshing to work with people who are so passionate about what they do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 19, 2009

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April 19, 2009

Acterra has sponsored workdays to clean up our local creek (San Fransisquito Creek), and to improve creekside vegetation with removal of invasive non-native species and planting of native plants. The workdays have been well-organized and fun, with lots of participation. We count on Acterra to help our watershed. -- Julie Spickler Menlo Park, CA

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Enthusiastic participants in creek clean-up; kids learning about the creek.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do pretty much what they're doing now.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to contribute directly to the improvement of the environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful, enthusiastic and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get involved with more projects and reach more people to educate them about caring for our environment.

Ways to make it better...

Workdays were held on Saturdays later in the month.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting more people involved on a regular basis.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They're a great group!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 19, 2009

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April 19, 2009

Acterra is a model for community involvement in care for the environment, providing leadership, training, and opportunities to participate. Acterra engages local political, educational and religious organizations without losing its focus, and so has earned universal respect (or as universal as any regional body can achieve).

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

consistent leadership in stream and watershed management - both professional and volunteer - and in restoration of public lands (Arastradero Preserve).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

among the best you will find anywhere - dedicated, knowledgeable, patient, and yet still possessing a sense of humor.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

franchise itself everywhere.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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