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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

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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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

April 18, 2009

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April 18, 2009

Best non-profit I have ever had the pleasure to know about. This organization is a shining example and a model for others to emulate. I'd like to start a grass-roots environmental organization in MY city, patterned after Acterra (though I still think of it as Bay Area Action, it's previous name).

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

The City of Palo Alto is a leader in sustainability, no doubt a result of Acterra's leadership. The Mayor of Palo Alto is currently Peter Drekmeier, one of the founders of Bay Area Action, and he is leading the charge toward sustainable cities.

Ways to make it better...

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

Do just exactly what they are doing now.

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

The wonderful people Arastradero Preserve I met my (now) wife at an Acterra event! Laura Stec - she rocks!

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

The best people on earth

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

Have a more secure future

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed living in the area, but life took me away!

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

Bad economy / fundraising

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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April 18, 2009

This organization compromises dedicated, passionate, and superb people on staff and fellow supporters and volunteers. I have enjoyed numerous events (including the fundraisers!), the way Acterra communicates its value and needs, and its educational focus.

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

awareness within community, including my own family

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

the people

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

friendly, passionate, extremely well-educated

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

educate many more community members, establish endowment for more predictable revenue, possibly expand to a broader geography

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 18, 2009

I have worked with Acterra as a writer and environmental activist for nearly ten years and am continually amazed and delighted by how the leaders maintain their integrity and emenance as an oasis of environmental sanity on the Peninsula.

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

maintaing successful community environmental activities.

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

dedicated and talented.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 18, 2009

Whenever any environmental issue is at hand everyone in the region looks to Acterra which is seen as our regional environmental. As someone working in East Palo Alto (a low income community next to wealthier Palo Alto where Acterra is based) I've appreciated the clear message that they want to be a factor for change in East Palo Alto, such as bringing home energy audits there.

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

being known as the environmental leader in the region

Ways to make it better...

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

probably do very similar things as they are doing. I think they are right on in how they allocate their organizational resources.

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

their interest in quality of life issues such as employment efforts for low income youth of color

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

I have the utmost respect for Program Director Debbie Mytels

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

massively increase public involvement in efforts to work against global warming.

Ways to make it better...

As someone in another agency involved in a collaboration with Acterra I don't really see any issues to point out.

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

similar to other nonprofits - like of financial resources to make the maximum impact they could

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

The leadership of Acterra are career veterans of the environmental movement and bring unparalleled levels of experience

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 17, 2009

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April 17, 2009

Acterra has given a lot to the community by educating and inspiring youth with their highschools program, giving them the tools to take sustainability into their social lives and educating others to be more conscious with our precious Mother!

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

the beautiful native habitats that are being preserved throughout the area and meeting many youth that have been inspired by their work with Acterra and are taking what they've learned forward with them in life.

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

the dedicated staff and volunteers who come together to make things happen for all to benefit.

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

knowledgeable and so positive in working together towards making change in this world through local community involvement

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 17, 2009

I have worked together with this group for about 5 years. I have learned a lot about environmental leadership and sustainable living. They are a great example of a small group of people making a huge difference in the area where they live. They now have 4 cities signed up for Green at Home which should reduce GHG by hundreds of thousands of CO2 equivalents.

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

providing leadership to educate the public about environmental issues.

Ways to make it better...

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

be worn out trying to manage all the events.

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

the breadth of knowledge the staff has.

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

warm, friendly and knowledgable.

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

hire more staff and do more of what it already does well.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time.

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

keeping up with all the things it does and making each event a quality venue.

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

Debbie Mytels is a gracious and talented leader.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 17, 2009

Acterra is a leader in it's field! They're innovative, imaginative, and incredibly resourceful and efficient. Their programs are diverse—ranging from home energy audits to habitat restoration with native plants. Acterra's "Be the Change" environmental leadership program has trained dozens of people to take action in their community. Every one of their programs has had a huge impact on the communities they serve.

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

our local communities. Its work has led to a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

meeting the fabulous, highly motivated, and energetic people involved.

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

devoted, friendly, and helpful.

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

spread its programs to other communities without having to depend on city funding.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer!!

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

resources (as with most nonprofits) and taking its carbon reduction programs to the next level.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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