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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. “This year, we aim to double that. We’re encouraging everyone to keep taking climate actions, invite friends and neighbors to join, and get recognized with awards and prizes.”

From January 29th through March 2nd, Challenge takers can share actions they’re taking and earn entry into Menlo Spark’s first hashtag contest. Entry into the hashtag contest for prizes is simple: Any action taken on MenloGreenChallenge.org can be posted on Menlo Spark’s Facebook page with the hashtag #SparkGreen2018.

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Cooley Land and Living Shoreline during a king tide from above

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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City of Menlo Park sets guidelines for fallen leaf removal

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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 […]

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Applications being taken for 2018 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards

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Emailed Peter Drekmeier of the Tuolumne River Trust: “The application and nomination process is now open for the 2018 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards. We will be accepting applications and nominations until January 19, 2018. “2018 will mark our 10th annual Water Awards ceremony, so we’re planning a special evening event with a reception and […]

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Turkeys enjoy their freedom at Portola Valley Ranch

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While recently on assignment at a residence at Portola Valley Ranch, both photographer Robb Most and I quickly realized that their should have been warning signs that said “slow for turkeys” because they were everywhere. Local free-range turkey are also found along the trails above the Ranch as well as in abundance at the Stanford Golf […]

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Learn how to maintain and care for your trees with less water on Nov 18

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This free workshop will demonstrate water-conscious care, maintenance, pruning and irrigation techniques to promote the health of your trees during dry periods. It takes place on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:00 am to noon at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center (700 Alma St.) in Menlo Park. Learn answers to all of your tree-related questions from a professional […]

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Exploring the Living Shoreline planting event at Cooley Landing with artist Linda Gass

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was at Cooley Landing last weekend photographing the Living Shoreline planting event organized by artist Linda Gass (pictured right) and Grassroots Ecology. Volunteers were there to replace blue plastic survey whiskers with the California Native plant Juncus. A second planting will take place this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9:30 am to […]

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Newest venture for Rich Gordon is heading the California Forestry Association

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Former California Assemblyman Rich Gordon is the first to admit that he was a somewhat unlikely pick to be named President and CEO of the California Forestry Association (Calforests) given, as he says “my strong environmental record and the fact that I knew little about forestry.” He, in fact, considered retirement when he dropped his candidacy […]

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Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith hosts tree planting meeting on Oct. 19

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Community members are invited to a meeting hosted by Mayor Kirsten Keith to discuss planting trees in the Belle Haven neighborhood, co-sponsored by Canopy and Facebook, on Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Menlo Park Senior Center (110 Terminal Ave.) Speakers include Catherine Martineau, Executive Director of Canopy and Lauren Swezey, Sustainability […]

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