Nonprofit organizations

Post image for A week of Global Climate Action Summit events – and how Menlo Park can make climate goals a reality here

Last week thousands of people who care about climate progress converged at events around the Bay Area for the Global Climate Action Summit.

We at Menlo Spark were fortunate to have Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and internationally recognized leader on human rights, come to Kepler’s Books on September 13 to talk about how climate change has impacted people all around the world.

Special guest, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, joined the conversation with Angie Coiro to tell the story of how her native village in the Republic of Chad has struggled in recent years with climate impacts of drought and extreme weather.

Both speakers radiated hope that we can create a resilient, clean energy future for everyone from nomadic peoples of the Republic of Chad to coastal communities in North Carolina.


Climate change is affecting all of us, from hurricanes deluging coastal communities with twice as much flooding, to the gradual creep of sea level rise, intense heat waves, more destructive wildfires, and failing crops. The Global Climate Summit showcased how everyone can come together to transition away from polluting fossil fuels and create a clean energy economy.

Governor Jerry Brown started the Summit with a surprise announcement that California would aim to be fully carbon neutral by 2045. And we’re not alone. Over 400 companies, cities, states and regions made big commitments to advance climate progress though electric vehicles, zero carbon buildings, reducing food waste, restoring forests, and investing $13 trillion in assets.

Here in Menlo Park we’re off to a great start, leading the way to a clean energy economy. Shortly before the Climate Summit, Facebook announced a big commitment to cut its carbon emissions 75% and use 100% renewable power by 2020.

The City of Menlo Park made a similar commitment to renewable power last year and is on track to meet one of the most ambitious local climate targets for 2020.

Over the next year, the City of Menlo Park could take bold action with new climate targets for 2025 that include commitments to zero carbon buildings (which 22 cities have pledged) and transition to green and healthy streets (25 cities signed pledged).

There’s so much that each of us can do to be a part of the solution to global climate change right here in Menlo Park. We hope you’re inspired to act! You can find ideas for personal actions online.

Author Diane Bailey is Executive Director of Menlo Spark

Pictured top is Mary Robinson (center) with (L to R) Diane Bailey, Susan Bell (Advisory Board, Menlo Spark), Mitch Slomiak and Chris DeCardy (co-founders of Menlo Spark and Chair of Vice Chair of the non-profit); Mary Robinson and Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim In Deep with Coiro

{ Be the first to comment }

Annual Peninsula Firefighters Relay to benefit burn survivors stops in Menlo Park

Thumbnail image for Annual Peninsula Firefighters Relay to benefit burn survivors stops in Menlo Park

Menlo Park fire station #1 was one of the 15 fire station visited today by a parade of fire truck and engines to raise awareness for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF). The mission of the Foundation  is to significantly reduce the number of burn injuries through prevention education and to enhance the quality […]

Click to read more →

Get ready to be covered in color at the 6th annual Valpo Fun Run

Thumbnail image for Get ready to be covered in color at the 6th annual Valpo Fun Run

The community is invited to the 6th Annual Valpo 5K Fun and Color Run to benefit Peninsula Bridge. Walk, run, get covered in color and build community for a great cause. It’s scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7,  at 9:00 am, taking off from Menlo School. Register before prices go up! Photos for last year’s rub by […]

Click to read more →

Spotted: Irene Searles participating in three-day walk to support Alzheimer’s research

Thumbnail image for Spotted: Irene Searles participating in three-day walk to support Alzheimer’s research

Menlo Park resident — and InMenlo contributing photographer — Irene Searles (left) is spending the weekend walking 49 miles with her boot camp friends at a fundraiser in San Francisco for The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. Yesterday’s leg just happened to be her birthday She’s shown here pausing with Betsy Beasley. You can cheer her on virtually — […]

Click to read more →

2018 Golden Acorn Awards spotlight achievement by Menlo Park organizations and people

Thumbnail image for 2018 Golden Acorn Awards spotlight achievement by Menlo Park organizations and people

On September 20th, the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will present the Golden Acorn Awards in recognition of leadership throughout the Menlo Park community. The awards, now in their 42nd year, celebrate achievement through innovation, professionalism and contributions by organizations, individuals and volunteers. The keynote speaker will be Rich Gordon, current President/CEO of the California […]

Click to read more →

New blooms from the seeds of now defunct Random Act of Flowers

Thumbnail image for New blooms from the seeds of now defunct Random Act of Flowers

InMenlo covered the local branch of Random Act of Flowers before it was forced to shut down due to high rent last March. Carrying on that non-profit’s work of recycling and repurposing flowers from events — weddings, funerals, fundraisers — as well as from retail outlets where the flowers have reached their shelf life, are three offshoots: Flowers of Comfort, […]

Click to read more →

Little House hosts Active Living Expo week of August 20

Thumbnail image for Little House hosts Active Living Expo week of August 20

Peninsula Volunteers is hosting a weeklong event from August 20-25 at Little House on Middle Avenue in Menlo Park filled with raffles, lunches, community resources, mini chair massages, tech tutoring and more! Try any new classes for free! Complete schedule is online.

Click to read more →

Spotted: Good fun at National Night Out event at Willow Oaks in Menlo Park

Thumbnail image for Spotted: Good fun at National Night Out event at Willow Oaks in Menlo Park

Aimee Bolter Campbell of Dala’s Nest fame was one of the organizers of the Willow Oaks National Night out gathering in Menlo Park on Tuesday evening. She reports: “We had about 100 people milling around over the two-hour period. The Babiarz-Scott band provided bluegrass music for everyone. “Menlo Park Police Department K-9 unit, community service, […]

Click to read more →

Relay for Life Menlo Park takes place Aug. 11-12

Thumbnail image for Relay for Life Menlo Park takes place Aug. 11-12

Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The Menlo Park Relay will be held this weekend at Burgess Park with the opening ceremony at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 11. At that time everyone who’s been affected by cancer and who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay will […]

Click to read more →

Horses come to downtown Menlo Park – and the Menlo Circus Club – for the Menlo Charity Horse Show

Thumbnail image for Horses come to downtown Menlo Park – and the Menlo Circus Club – for the Menlo Charity Horse Show

The Menlo Charity Horse Show begins tomorrow at the Menlo Circus Club.  But that’s not the only place horses have shown up. They’re in downtown Menlo Park, too. Well, not the live kind, but rather those springing from the hands of artists. Jill Layman, owner of A.Space Gallery has assembled an exhibit titled A Noble […]

Click to read more →

Lisa Deal and family celebrate the opening of new hospice house that will serve mid-Peninsula

Thumbnail image for Lisa Deal and family celebrate the opening of new hospice house that will serve mid-Peninsula

Atherton resident Lisa Deal, who is Chief Clinical Office of Mission Hospice and Home Care, celebrated the opening of the organization’s new hospice house in the Woodside Plaza neighborhood of Redwood City last night with her husband Bruce and daughter Annalise, which will serve mid-Peninsula towns including Menlo Park. A hospice house is a peaceful, […]

Click to read more →