GreenTown Los Altos

Sustain This: Ways to Go Green & Voice Your Opinion


Feb 2015


GreenTown is involved with many issues that you’ve made clear you care about. Those related to sustainability, going more green, climate change to make, and even leave, our world a better place. Here’s some upcoming events and meetings we thought you’d like to know about:

.2/7 The March for Real Climate Leadership 11:30AM-3PM

The March for Real Climate Leadership, Sunday, Feb 7, from 11:30AM – 3PMFrank Ogawa Plaza, 14th & Broadway, in Oakland, California.

The March will take place on Feb. 7th, beginning at 11:30 am at Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th & Broadway, in Oakland, California, ending with a Rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater at the South end of Lake Merritt.

Thousands of people from all across the state will gather in Gov. Brown’s hometown on February 7 to demand that he step up. The March for Real Climate Leadership will be the largest climate rally in California history. It is being hosted by a broad group of partner organizations including the Sierra Club. The March will bring thousands of people from across the state into the streets of Oakland on February 7 to call on Governor Brown to ban fracking, stand up to Big Oil, and move beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.

Parking in the area may be extremely tight due to the large crowd expected. Traveling by BART is the recommended choice.  If you can’t travel by BART, Loma Prieta Chapter members are encouraged to come on the bus leaving from San Jose’s Diridon Stationat 9:30 a.m., and picking up riders at the downtown Palo Alto Caltrain station (Urban Lane at Wells Drive) at about 10:15 a.m.

Bus tickets are only $20 each and must be purchased in advanced to secure your seat.  Buy your tickets online.

If you are a current student and the regular $20 bus ticket price would be a hardship for you, please send your name, your current school name, your email address and a phone number where you can be reached to Bus Captain Brian Haberly beginning on Feb. 1 and we will let you know if there are still subsidized student tickets available.

Be sure to wear a Blue top or shirt, comfortable walking shoes, and bring a sign about climate change or fracking, and snacks and water.

Questions?  Please Email Brian Haberly.

2/8 Redwood Grove Restoration Workday 1-4PM & 2/21, 9:30AM-12:30PM: 482 University Ave., Los Altos, CA.

Come Volunteer! See the difference you can make by improving habitat for native plants and animals. Register here. Dates subject to change.

2/18 GreenTown Talk: Button Up Your Home: Get Energy Smart, 7-9PM – at Los Altos Library. For more info email. Speakers Speakers: David Siddiqui, Green Evolution Consulting and Curtis Tongue, Founder, OhmConnect, will discuss the main sources of energy loss in your house and how you can get rebates and financing to get energy smart.

2/22 Gamble Garden Class 9:30AM-11:30AM Learn how to replace or shrink a front lawn using flowering and edible plants. $25 members; $35 non-members. At Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Email or visit website for more info.

Get Involved With GreenTown: Attend A Team Meeting
Water Team Meeting, Feb. 11, 1:15-2:30PM Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, 321 University Ave. At our monthly meeting we discuss how to deal with and make a difference in, local water issues.
Bike Team Meeting Feb.13, 12-1PM at Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos.
Our monthly meeting to plan/organize bike/walk activiities for the upcoming month. Look forward to seeing you there!

More to look forward to:
3/12 Innovations in Water Conservation, Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills, 7-9PM- Hear about the district’s impressive “Advanced Water Purification Center”, producing 8 million gallons a day of potable water.

Innovations in Water Conservation
As our economy and population grow, so must innovations in water conservation and water reuse. Garth Hall, Deputy Operating Officer with Santa Clara Valley Water District will offer an overview of water supply and demand locally and statewide. The District’s most impressive innovation is the new Advanced Water Purification Center, producing 8 million gallons a day of potable water. Small scale innovations are also advancing. Forrest Linebarger, CEO of Inhabiture will discuss smart irrigation controllers, time of use water meters, home water usage reports, and other water saving innovations for homes and businesses.

Garth Hall, Deputy Operating Officer, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Forrest Linebarger, CEO, Inhabiture

Contact Kit Gordon,

Sponsors: CalWater, City of Los Altos/Environmental Commission, Los Altos Hills Environmental Initiatives Committee, Purissima Hills Water District, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Speaker Bios:
Garth Hall, Deputy Operating Officer, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Garth is a Civil Engineer with a wide variety of experience in water management and environmental planning. Prior to his work at SCVWD, he held a director level position at PG&E. He holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University and a PhD in Hydrology and Water Resource Science from University of the Witwatersrand.

Forrest Linebarger, CEO, Inhabiture
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Forrest has spent decades committed to sustainable design and building. He has created environmentally sensitive designs that are cost competitive with conventional construction.  He is nationally known for his design of zero energy homes, use of green roofs, and innovating means of creating healthy indoor air environments.

How to Create Your Own Water-Wise Home and Landscape
March 23, 7-9pm, Los Altos Library
With simple plumbing alterations and smart landscape changes, every home has the potential to create a sustainable water supply with an ecologically productive landscape. From reusing greywater, to collecting rainwater, to installing waterless composting toilets, our collective efforts can transform our home water systems. A recent study found that households saved an average of 15,000 gallons a year after merely installing greywater system. Learn how you can transform your own home so it conserves and reuses our precious water resources, while growing a bountiful garden. This presentation will teach you how. It will also include national trends, codes and regulations, costs, health and safety considerations, and system examples.

Sign up for a greywater workshop at seminar. Laura will also be selling her new water conservation book.

Sponsors: GreenTown Los Altos, Sierra Club – Loma Prieta Chapter, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Contact Kit Gordon,

Laura Allen is the co-founder of Greywater Action and has spent the past 15 years exploring low-tech sustainable water solutions. She leads classes and workshops, including the first greywater training program for professional installers, and participates in writing state-level greywater and composting toilet codes. Laura is the author of The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in your Home and Landscape (Storey Press, 2015). She was named 2014 Water Champion by Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards.

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