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Facebook switched all electric accounts at its Menlo Park headquarters to Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 option, making Facebook the largest participant in Peninsula Clean Energy’s 100% renewable energy option.

“Facebook is committed to being a good neighbor and that includes reducing its potential impact on the environment,” said Lauren Swezey, Facebook Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager. “We’re excited to enroll in Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 energy option, which will reduce our carbon footprint and help Menlo Park reach its local climate action goals.”

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s electric supplier, formed as a Joint Powers Authority of all 20 cities in the county. PCE launched in October 2016, and began serving large customers in April 2017. Facebook is the largest corporate customer in the county to enroll in ECO100.

PCE customers are automatically enrolled in ECOplus, and may opt-up to ECO100 if they choose. ECOplus provides 50% renewable and 80% greenhouse gas emissions free, at a generation rate that is priced 5% less than PG&E. PCE’s ECO100 option is 100% renewable and 100% greenhouse gas emissions free that is priced at a slight premium.

“We are so excited to have Facebook, a leader in sustainability and one of our largest customers, buying 100% renewable energy from our ECO100 sources” said PCE CEO Jan Pepper. “All of our power is sourced directly from power plants that deliver into California, and in 2016 our ECO100 supply was from 100% wind power.”

Diane Bailey of Menlo Spark emailed: “There’s one other Menlo Park business in the ECO100 directory – Occasions, a shop downtown on Santa Cruz. They’re one of the small businesses that makes downtown Menlo Park a special place. It’s great to see them support the environmental too!”

Drone photo of Facebook campus courtesy of Facebook

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First hand report on Mexico City earthquake by Dr. Janise Rodgers of Menlo Park-based GeoHazards International

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Editor’s note: We interviewed Brian Tucker of Menlo Park-based GeoHazards International a couple of years ago about the risk of earthquakes in populated areas of developing countries. Yesterday he reported the experience of the organization’s COO during Tuesday’s earthquake near Mexico City. Emails Brian: “As a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City, Dr. Janise Rodgers, […]

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Teens & young adults invited to SafeSpace launch party on Sept. 16

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This Saturday, September 16, youth and young adults (12-26) are invited to the free SafeSpace Center Launch Party from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at 1162 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. There will be music, food, a selfie wall, a mural wall, and a raffle with lots of prizes (including an Apple watch). SafeSpace is […]

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3rd Annual Tuolumne River Film Festival set for Sept. 17

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The 3rd Annual Tuolumne River Film Festival will take place at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on September 17 starting at 6:30 pm. This year’s festival will feature short films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, live music, and an ice cream social courtesy of Three Twins Ice Cream. Tickets can be purchased online […]

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Atherton resident Howard Slayen honored by Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

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At its 12th Annual Golf Classic earlier this month, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley honored Atherton resident and current Board Member Howard Slayen with the Walter “Skip” Shaw Inspiration Award for his philanthropic work in the community. For over a decade, Howard’s passion for helping foster youth, combined with his strong analytical skills, has provided […]

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Valpo Fun Run set for Sunday, September 17

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Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep are hosting the fourth annual Valpo Fun Run, a 5k community run through the streets of Atherton, on September 17th at 9:00 am at Menlo School. All net proceeds will go towards Peninsula Bridge which transforms the lives of motivated, low income students by preparing and supporting them for […]

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Drive to Adopt a Teacher in the Ravenswood School District is underway

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Menlo Park resident Carolyn Bowsher, who has been active as a volunteer for the Menlo Park city schools and the MPAEF, emailed InMenlo: “Now that my kids are teenagers, I am volunteering for the Menlo Park schools on the other side of town in the Ravenswood City School District. The need is great for volunteers […]

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LifeMoves will host fourth-annual Ride to End Homelessness on Sept. 9

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Menlo Park-based LifeMoves, the largest nonprofit homeless organization in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, is hosting the fourth-annual Ride to End Homelessness on September 9. Cyclists will be raising funds to support critical, life-changing services provided by LifeMoves. The ride, organized by the LifeMoves NextGen Board, will begin in Packard Grove on the HP […]

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10 Books A Home graduates 55 young learners who received Kindergarten Readiness Degrees

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On August 5th, 10 Books A Home (10BH) celebrated its fifth learners’ graduation on a morning full of smiles and festive high-fives. The event was a significant milestone for the early education nonprofit founded by East Palo Alto resident Paul Thiebaut III. ​Paul was a high school dropout and homeless when he stumbled upon his […]

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Spotted: Cyclists enjoying the camaraderie of the 2017 Tour de Menlo

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The 2017 edition of the Tour de Menlo is in the books. Participants choose 35-, 45- or 65-mile routes that began and ended at Menlo-Atherton High School. All stopped at the rest stop at the Steven Creek’s Sycamore Grove. Participant Dennis Nugent, who took these photos, said: “This is my 5th year and it’s always […]

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Three homes in Belle Haven get needed repairs and updating with help of Rebuilding Together and Facebook volunteers

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook teamed up today to rehabilitate three homes in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. Two houses on Plumas Avenue and one house on Bieber Avenue got a mix of exterior and interior painting, debris removal, electrical upgrades, accessibility upgrades, landscaping and fence repair, grab bar and handrail installation, bathroom […]

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