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ACTERRA: Action for a Healthy Planet

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Causes: Environment

Mission: Acterra brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet

Target demographics: Acterra inspires action to protect our local environment, and the entire planet

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 individuals learn about environmental issues that face our planet and our region, and solutions that they can take part in to slow climate change and reduce their carbon footprint. We honored 9 organizations throughout the Bay Area for for their unique and important sustainability practices. From their stories, we can educate hundreds of local businesses on how to improve their own sustainability efforts.

Geographic areas served: Bay Area

Programs: The Business Environmental Awards program recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of businesses with innovative sustainable programs. The program also recognizes leaders in the industry, and provides an educational forum that increases awareness and motivates all companies to adopt sustainable business practices. The Energy and Climate Program helps communities take action to reduce global warming by making their homes more energy efficient. We train volunteers, host energy and climate workshops, and create awareness of sustainable living practices. Our Public Lecture Series provides innovative and motivating lectures that build awareness of emerging environmental issues and solutions from leading thinkers in industry, government and nonprofits. Our new Go EV Program educates the public on how electric vehicles are a key to accelerating the shift from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy. Acterra provides our constituents with the tools, information, and support they need in order to "Go EV." Program activities include workshops, Ride and Drive Events, and an EV Ambassadors program.

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8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

Acterra's volunteers are passionate, informed, and fun! I admire the organization's breadth of work, high impact outreach, and ability to talk about environmental issues in a way that is appealing to diverse audiences.

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Acterra_membership Thank you very much! We are glad Acterra is able to provide a breadth of environmental work that has considerable reach and impact for a wide variety of audience across SIlicon Valley!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member for many years, don't recall how many now. When I joined it was still called the Peninsula Conservation Foundation. I love Acterra because it keeps me informed on both local and national issue around the environment. I have attended many of their community events over the year and learned a great deal. I look forward to their lecture series which features excellent scientists, environmental entrepreneurs, thinkers, and community members. The most recent event I attended was in July to a group showing of "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" with a discussion group afterwards. The discussion group really added to my experience of the movie and I got to meet likeminded people who are inspired and help inspire me to take care of our planet!

Donor

Rating: 4

As a long-time donor to Acterra, I know that my contributions are put to work to create local solutions for a healthy planet. While thinking globally and acting locally, Acterra's science-based approach gives us hope while reinforcing community.

Acterra is now focused on the most urgent issue of our time: climate change. They do so by promoting and supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy, transportation innovation, and sustainable business practices in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I highly recommend Acterra!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great community based environmental non-profit that is spreading the word locally about climate change and assisting people to reduce their carbon footprint. I participated in their Grren@Home which is part of their Energy & Climate program. This got my wife and I galvanized to successfully improve our carbon footprint of our home and cars. Also, their Business Environmental Awards are truly inspirational. https://www.acterra.org/bea

Donor

Rating: 5

Really did a great job on educating high schoolers and making a permanent difference in Arasterdero Regional Park.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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