Acterra: Action For A Healthy Planet

Rating: 4.95 stars   77 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 3921 E Bayshore Rd Palo Alto CA 94303 USA

Mission: Acterra brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet
Target demographics: improve the local environment to protect the entire planet
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 8,500 volunteers getting engaged in hands-on and solutions oriented opportunities. Since they were created our programs prevented 2M lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere and over 10M gallons of water from being wasted.
Geographic areas served: Bay Area
Programs: Stewardship: Providing hands-on environmental education in urban ecology, water conservation, and habitat restoration. The program is currently restoring sites throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo County. Plants for the restoration work are grown at our own native plant nursery. The Business Environmental Awards recognizes and celebrates Bay Area corporate environmental leaders. Any private or public business entity, division or facility located in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Santa Cruz County is eligible to apply. Non-profit organizations are eligible if environmental work is not their central mission. Energy Program: Help communities take action to reduce global warming by making their homes more energy efficient. We trains volunteers, provides home energy audits and creates awareness of sustainable living practices.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 23-7064937
650-962-9876
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Rating: 5 stars  

Acterra is an invaluable asset to Silicon Valley. From working with schools to replace grass with drought tolerant landscapes, to restoring native habitat, to helping us reduce energy and water usage through the Green at Home Program, to recognizing corporate environmental leaders through the its annual Business Environmental Awards, Acterra is working hard to protect the Bay Area's environment.

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I have been involved with Acterra as a donor, volunteer and former board member since its inception. In my opinion, no other local environmental organization leverages the energy and expertise of volunteers on behalf of our environment as does Acterra. Its reach is very broad, both programatically and demographically, which affords citizens a range of opportunities to get involved in the helping to solve the environmental challenges that they see as being the most important. Most important to me, as a teacher recently retired, is how much focus there is on outreach to young people. This is particularly true of the stewardship programs which offer young people a chance to get out into nature and do something positive with their hands and their heads. The program landscape is structured to allow maximum flexibility to be able to respond to the most pressing problems that need our attention, while continuing to support such long range commitments such as the San Francisquito Watershed initiatives and the Arastradero Preserve Stewardship program. Over the last decade plus, Acterra has engage thousands of citizen-environmentalists in its efforts to effect change from the ground up, many of whom have become regular stalwarts of their various programs. In the current large scale political environment, in which progress towards resolving issues is snail-paced at best, grassroots efforts such as Acterra are where the responses to our severe environment challenges are actively being pursued. I am as proud of being a part of this fabulous organization as I am of being a grandparent whose grandchildren will benefit to no end from our efforts of today.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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18 people found this review helpful

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.

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

awareness within community, including my own family

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?

2009-3-01

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18 people found this review helpful

Acterra provides a variety of activities to help motivate environmental awareness and responsibility. We enjoyed a moonlight hike through the Arastradero Preservee to the top of a hill. There we heard an astronomy talk and admired the stars. Acterra clearly deserves a prize. Florence and Rolf Beier

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

environmental behavior throughout this area

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

Not change anything.

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

The people involved and the hikes.

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

Dedicated, friendly, helpful

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

Clean up the watershed and wetlands.

Ways to make it better...

They had more activities further north on the Peninsul

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

Passivity and ignorance about environmental issues.

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

I hope they win this contest.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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