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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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

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

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

April 17, 2009

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April 17, 2009

Acterra has been wonderful at helping our town plan ways to address home energy use. We initially hoped their existing Green@Home program would work for us, but quickly realized we wanted to customize it in various ways for our town. They have been very open to such changes, and very helpful in sorting out how to go about it. They've also helped us figure out the best ways to get funding for our initiatives. Five stars!

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

Bay Area towns like Palo Alto where their Green@Home program is helping residents conserve energy.

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

their flexibility and experience driving social change.

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

very experienced.

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

help Bay Area communities become much more sustainable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

Acterra is a fantastic organization doing the needed work in home energy efficiency (through their Green @ Home program), their restoration activities, group and corporate green challenges (ACTerraGreen program), their Leadership Program (Be The Change), and several others. As a volunteer and donor, I have been amazed by the accomplishments and progress that this organization has made. They are a 38 year-old nonprofit organization bringing people together to create local solutions for a more healthy planet.

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

greening our communities and towns in the Bay Area.

Ways to make it better...

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

ask more people to support their mission with financial and volunteer support. I would move the organization to a more central and accessible location.

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

working with their programs and other volunteers to make energy efficiency happen.

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

fabulous and effective. This tight-knit team of leaders has the ability to solve local challenges for todays environmental crisis.

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

Expand its programs to reach other communities not just in the Bay Area, but beyond. This nonprofit has the right mix of priorities and practices to build a movement of local efforts that would transform our economic downturn into an opportunity for renewal and progress across the nation.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer.

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

getting the word out beyond the "choir" of people who are already practicing environmental stewardship / conservation.

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

they have a great Board of Directors and a hundreds of longtime supporters who will see the organization through any obstacle.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

Acterra's mission is focused on teaching people how to make small, sustainable changes to their lives which collectively will have a huge impact on the environment. Their stewardship program focuses on restoring native plants at the Arastradero Preserve in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as educating local middle and high school students on the importance of being good stewards of the Earth. The youth are taken to one of several local parks to plant pollinator gardens, or they are brought to the preserve to understand how difficult it is to reverse poor environmental decisions of the past. As someone who has volunteered with the stewardship program, I know that restoring the local ecosystem is never-ending, back-breaking work. Most of the invasive plants in the area will take years, if not decades, to erradicate. And yet, even in the face of this enormous task, the staff are committed to restoring the habitat and using their work as a focal point for educating the community on the importance of protecting our habitat. By focusing on both repairing the damage done to the environment and preventing future damage, Acterra's programs provide a holistic approach to ending and reversing climate change.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2008

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September 30, 2008

Acterra has given me the chance to learn and practice the kind of life that I want to pass on to my children, grandchildren, and friends. Acterra through its many sustainable, environmental programs that I have taken advantage of has taught me over the years how to live a simple but fulfilled lifestyle with a small footprint on the earth. I have been knee deep in San Francisquito Creek and the baylands pulling out junk and non-native plants with my kids and learning about numerous sustainability programs from Bay area environmental leaders through "Be The Change"(an environmental leadership education program). These programs are but a few that I have taken advantage of from Acterra to support my community and the earth. My most recent involvement has been with a program called "Green @ Home" that goes into local homes and conduct an energy audit to help residents reduce their carbon footprint and save money on their utility bills. Acterra, in my estimation, is the penultimate environmental program that truly "acts locally for global benefit".

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

Encouraging businesses and cities to be green and environmentally sustainable, including youth, families, seniors in volunteer efforts in their communities, educating future environmental community leaders, encouraging local food growth, consumption and preparation,

Ways to make it better...

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

I would have quarterly meetings with participants to get their input as to how programs are running and for creative suggestions.

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

the recognition of my value as an individual who can be helpful to my community as a volunteer.

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

Friendly, dedicated, warm, fun filled, bright creative people.

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

provide a million homes with solar energy, create elementary and high school environmental education classes, pay its staff a comfortable, living wage

Ways to make it better...

I had more input into the process of the organizational decisions.

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

Fund raising as always, promotional efforts, staying ahead of the curve environmentally,

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

Acterra has been a tremendous influence in my life and that of my family. Acterra is family!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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