Environment

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In an effort to shine a light on the negative effects of climate change, Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park dimmed its lights for the 10th annual Earth Hour tonight for over an hour, illuminating its Madera restaurant and Sense spa by candlelight.

“This was the second year we took part in Earth Hour,” said Gabor Vida, Rosewood’s head manager. “Although we are only dimming the lights in the restaurant for an hour, we are spending time and resources on how we can reduce energy consumption in other areas.”

Earth Hour first began as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since its inception, it has grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people around the globe switching off their lights each year.  It has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories to act for a sustainable future.

“The world is at a climate crossroads,” said Siddarth Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour Global. “While we are experiencing the impacts of climate change more than ever, we are also witnessing a new momentum in climate action transcending borders and generations. From living rooms to classrooms and conference rooms, people are demanding climate action.”

To date in 2016, Earth Hour has powered more than 530,000 individual actions taken to help change climate change.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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City of Menlo Park and SLAC win Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards

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The Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards highlight government agencies, businesses, organizations and individuals that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to save our most precious natural resource — water. 2016 awardees will be acknowledged at a awards ceremony hosted by Google on March 23. Two Menlo Park entities are be recognized: City […]

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Belle Haven resident goes solar with help from Facebook, Menlo Spark, Grid Alternatives and the City of Menlo Park

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Working in partnership with Menlo Spark, the City of Menlo Park and Grid Alternatives, Facebook installed a solar installation system at the home of Menlo Park resident Gloria Williams yesterday afternoon (3/7). Gloria received a 1.9kW (CEC-AC) solar system, calculated to cover about 90% of her electric bill, saving her $465 over the year. She is the first of 10 […]

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Girl Scouts in action for positive changes in the environment at Oak Knoll School

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Yesterday, Girl Scout Junior Troop 61842 worked towards their Bronze Achievement award by making pleas for positive changes in their environment and community at Oak Knoll School. In the morning, Scouts Sophia and Cleo (pictured right) presented the project to their school via the KNOL closed circuit TV station. In the afternoon, many of the girls walked the carline and streets surrounding the […]

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Wonder why your Christmas tree hasn’t been picked up? Here are some clues

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After calling Recology San Mateo, we have some answers. The trees are being picked up by a special collection service (not the regular compost truck) and must be under 8 feet, and be completely bare — no stand or lights. Trees over 8 feet must be cut in two. So, if you’ve left your tree at […]

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Waterbirds in a Changing Landscape is topic of USGS public lecture on Nov. 19

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USGS research wildlife biologist Susan De La Cruz will give the next free public lecture at the organizations offices in Menlo Park on November 19 at 7:00 pm. She will look at: The urbanized San Francisco Bay is a critical wintering and stop-over area for more than a million migratory annually that rely on a mosaic […]

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Fire-climate relationships in the Sierra Nevada is next USGS evening public lecture

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USGS research scientist Jon E. Keeley will present the next USGS evening lecture on October 22nd at 7:00 pm. The topic is: Fire-climate Relationships in the Sierra Nevada: Surprises relevant to future regime forecasts. It will take place on the USGS campus (Middlefield and Ravenswood) in Menlo Park and is free and open to the […]

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Are you and your family prepared for the next earthquake? Some things to consider

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Do you ever go to make a call or send a text on your mobile phone and it doesn’t work? Some glitch in your phone or the fact that you’re in an out-of-service area renders you unable to complete the call. Even just a few minutes of this is really frustrating. The next time this happens to you, […]

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Young buck spotted in front yard of San Mateo Drive home

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Yesterday, we got reports that a deer was roaming around near the intersection of San Mateo Drive and Middle Avenue in Menlo Park. We reached out and got this report from John Patun, who was at his sister’s house at the time. “I was doing work on my computer facing the front yard on San […]

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Menlo Spark co-hosts Electric Vehicle Expo on September 12

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Menlo Spark in partnership with the City of San Mateo and Plug In America is hosting the first Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo to take place in San Mateo on Saturday, September 12th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The event, which takes place on the Franklin Templeton Campus at Saratoga Drive and Franklin Parkway, features the latest models […]

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David Barry talks about the promise of Mist, the “world’s smartest sprinkler system”

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Brown lawns may turn green again if weather forecasters are correct in predicting a strong El Niño with heavier than average precipitation throughout California this fall and winter. At the same time, residents are urged to conserve. Enter the promise of a device named Mist, branded as the “world’s smartest sprinkler system,” watering just the […]

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