Environment

Post image for Menlo Park celebrates Earth Day in numerous ways and places, thanks to Menlo Spark

Menlo Spark is doing some fun events this week in Menlo Park for earth day.

Last Tuesday, we helped students at Oak Knoll Elementary School make pledges for one thing they’ll do for Earth Day this year, posting those pledges, making a paper tree (below left).  Oak Knoll faculty and parent volunteers have done an amazing job teaching kids about how to reduce waste, recycle, and compost. They also introduced the Menlo Green Challenge to boost sustainability and climate action in the community.

On Wednesday, Menlo Spark joined students at Menlo-Atherton High School for an environmental fair during lunchtime. We talked to students about what they’re empowered to do to lower their carbon footprint and become environmental leaders.

On Friday, we’ll celebrate earth day with the super kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Belle Haven. SunWork’s Tom Kabat, and Facebook’s Lauren Swezey will join us to talk about the new solar panels on the clubhouse, and build tiny do-it-yourself solar ovens.

Next Tuesday, five environmental leaders in Menlo Park will receive special Certificates of Recognition from Menlo Park’s Mayor Ohtaki during the City Council Meeting. The winner of the Menlo Green Challenge will also receive a $50 gift certificate from Cafe Zoe. We’ll reveal those winners soon!

Everyone can Spark Green in 2018 with the www.MenloGreenChallenge. We’re grateful to the City, schools and communities of Menlo Park, for rising to the Challenge and taking so many climate actions for Earth Day!

Diane Bailey is Executive Director of Menlo Spark

{ Be the first to comment }

Come join Cheeky Monkey Toys, and celebrate at two upcoming events

Thumbnail image for Come join Cheeky Monkey Toys, and celebrate at two upcoming events

Cheeky Monkey Toys in Menlo Park (640 Santa Cruz Avenue) invites you to two upcoming events: our Earth Day Celebration, and our May Day Celebration. On Sunday, April 22, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, join us outside the store for Earth Day, and paint Kindness Rocks to share with your friends and family. Be […]

Click to read more →

Atherton celebrates Earth Day on April 21 by screening “The New Fire”

Thumbnail image for Atherton celebrates Earth Day on April 21 by screening “The New Fire”

The 2018 Atherton Earth Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from noon to 4:00 pm at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center. This will be an educational event on current topics related to climate change and how technology may help to solve this crisis. With support from the town’s Environmental […]

Click to read more →

Commute.org invites San Mateo County commuters to go green this spring

Thumbnail image for Commute.org invites San Mateo County commuters to go green this spring

Commute.org announced the 2018 Commuter Challenge for people who commute to, from or through San Mateo County. Between April 1st and May 31st, people who join the challenge and use alternative modes of transportation will be eligible to winprizes. Now in its 10th year, the Commuter Challenge encourages people to use alternative methods of transportation […]

Click to read more →

Human Rights Watch screens documentary at M-A PAC on March 20

Thumbnail image for Human Rights Watch screens documentary at M-A PAC on March 20

There will be special screening and discussion of the documentary film, Atomic Homefront, organized by Human Rights Watch, on Tuesday, March 20, from 6:45 to 9:00 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Recently released, Atomic Homefront examines one community’s activism and the need for government accountability in the wake of decades of radioactive waste contamination […]

Click to read more →

Mid-Peninsula cities and Facebook are receiving 100% renewable electricity

Thumbnail image for Mid-Peninsula cities and Facebook are receiving 100% renewable electricity

Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside are among the 14 cities in San Mateo County that are receiving 100% renewable electricity that is Green-e certified. Also included are the County itself and Facebook, according to a press release issued by Peninsula Clean Energy. As of 2018, Peninsula Clean Energy’s (PCE’s) ECO100 option is now […]

Click to read more →

Spark Green 2018 climate action campaign runs from Jan. 29th through March 2nd

Thumbnail image for Spark Green 2018 climate action campaign runs from Jan. 29th through March 2nd

Today is the launch day of Spark Green 2018, which aims to double participation in the Menlo Green Challenge, an online program that empowers residents to take climate actions. “Last year, almost 400 households signed up for the Green Challenge and they have reduced over 100 tons of carbon emissions!” emailed Menlo Spark Executive Director Diane Bailey. […]

Click to read more →

Cooley Land and Living Shoreline during a king tide from above

Thumbnail image for Cooley Land and Living Shoreline during a king tide from above

There was a king tide the first and second day of the new year, and InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was high overhead for a Baykeeper project. Explains the California King Tides Project: “While the term ‘king tide’ isn’t a scientific term, it is used to describe an especially high tide event, when there is alignment […]

Click to read more →

83 “blessed” bats at Menlo Park home rescued, pronounced fit, and released

Thumbnail image for 83 “blessed” bats at Menlo Park home rescued, pronounced fit, and released

This has the makings of a perfect Onion story, yet it’s true. Workers removed a mural of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, from an exterior wall of a Menlo Park home only to find it housed the living quarters of 83 bats. According to Peninsula Humane Society spokesperson Buffy (can’t make […]

Click to read more →

Menlo Park is the launch site of the No-Gasoline movement

Thumbnail image for Menlo Park is the launch site of the No-Gasoline movement

Coltura, a nonprofit working to phase out gasoline vehicles by 2030, launched the No-Gasoline movement at a private gathering in Menlo Park last week. Similar to the No-Smoking movement, the No-Gasoline movement raises awareness of the harm to public health of driving gas and diesel vehicles, and calls for a transition to cleaner alternatives. Attending […]

Click to read more →

City of Menlo Park sets guidelines for fallen leaf removal

Thumbnail image for City of Menlo Park sets guidelines for fallen leaf removal

Along with the environmental and social benefits of the City of Menlo Park’s expansive tree canopy comes the winter task of removing all the fallen leaves. Every residential and commercial street in the City is swept on a regular schedule. The peak of leaf removal season is from November through February, when all of the […]

Click to read more →