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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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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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Facebook announces next step in funding and building affordable housing in neighboring communities

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Building upon a community partnership announced last December called “Envision Transform Build” along with the cities of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto to create regional solutions to the affordable housing crisis, today Facebook announced that the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will manage the Catalyst Housing fund in collaboration with Housing Trust Silicon Valley and possibly other local […]

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With Facebook Willow Campus announcement, a new neighborhood comes to Menlo Park

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Editor’s note: In August 2016, Facebook purchased the 56-acre industrial park called Menlo Science & Technology Park on Willow Road in Menlo Park, which is just south of its corporate headquarters. At that time, a company spokesperson said there was no immediate plans to redevelop the land. That changes with today’s announcement from John Tenanes, VP Global Facilities and […]

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Menlo Fire and Facebook partner to host inaugural 5K run on May 13

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the Menlo Park Firefighters Association are partnering with Facebook Festivals to hold its first Menlo Fire 5K on May 13. Proceeds from the event will go to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF). AARBF is a California based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing […]

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook partner on rehabilitating three homes in Menlo Park

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In honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook partnered yesterday to rehabilitate three homes in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. Approximately 80 Facebook employees worked alongside Rebuilding Together Peninsula staff and other community members, including Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller (pictured below right), to create safe and […]

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Local Meals on Wheels program receives Facebook Community Grant

Peninsula Volunteers is continuing its collaborative efforts with Facebook to assist seniors in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, in this case those who are unable to cook or shop for themselves and wish to remain in their own homes. Thanks to a $2,500 community grant from Facebook, PVI Meals on Wheels will deliver hot, nutritious meals to […]

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Menlo Park resident visits Facebook as part of her 101st birthday celebration

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Longtime Menlo Park resident Willie Mae Jones (left in photo) visited Facebook on August 30 — in honor of her 101st birthday, which was on August 24. Willie Mae received a tour of the campus led by her great granddaughter, Keyanna Adger (middle in photo), who works with the News Feed team. After receiving a “Happy Birthday” […]

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Menlo Green Challenge launches at Facebook to further goal of carbon neutrality in Menlo Park

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M-A student Giselle Martinez managed to surprise a roomful of environmentally-conscious people last week at Facebook when she performed a beautiful song about greenhouse gas emissions that she had written. As one Menlo Spark board member said after her performance, it is not common to hear a song that includes the words “emissions” and “dot-org.” But perhaps […]

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg co-chairs Second Harvest Food Bank’s Stand Up for Kids Campaign

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Studies show that kids who don’t get enough to eat can suffer emotional and physical effects that hamper their ability to do well in school and succeed later in life. Despite the enormous wealth in Silicon Valley, one in three local kids struggles with hunger. That’s why Second Harvest Food Bank has launched its Stand […]

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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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