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Last month, Menlo Spark honored environmental leaders in schools with Menlo Green Challenge Awards.

Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki recognized the outstanding achievements of students, teachers, and residents who took initiative to support sustainability in Menlo Park.

  • Jerry Griffith, for winning the Menlo Green Challenge, with the Climate Actions taken to reduce his household carbon footprint.
  • Annabelle Hopkins, 7th Grader at La Entrada Middle School, for winning the Menlo Green Challenge School Contest, with the most Climate Actions taken to reduce her carbon footprint through the classroom challenge.
  • Erica Minor, Student President of the Students for Environmental and Educational Development Services (SEEDS) Club at Menlo-Atherton High School for Outstanding student environmental leadership to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
  • Oak Knoll Elementary Environmental Leaders: Gwen Solomon, who is a Science Aide and Learning Garden Organizer and Instructor; Nicole Scott, School Counselor; Caryl Brewbaker, 4th grade Teacher; and Mary Kelly, Parent Volunteer, for Outstanding Environmental Education Leadership at Oak Knoll Elementary, empowering the students there to take care of their environment.
  • Alexander Pfister, 7th Grader at La Entrada Middle School, for Outstanding student environmental leadership, helping to run the Menlo Green Challenge at La Entrada.
  • Whitney Thwaite, Science Teacher at La Entrada Middle School, for Outstanding Environmental Education Leadership, running the Menlo Green Challenge for six classrooms at La Entrada Middle School, accumulating several hundred actions among 7th graders to cut carbon emissions.

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

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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 […]

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

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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. […]

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Facebook switches to 100% renewable energy through Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 option

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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 […]

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Two Menlo-Atherton High School students are “climate heroes”

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Emails Diane Bailey of Menlo Spark: “Two students at Menlo-Atherton High School, Tyler Lewis (pictured) and Henry Marks, have shown how youth can lead the way to a more sustainable future, winning the Menlo Green Challenge this Spring. We are delighted to award them Eco Reco electric scooters for their climate action efforts! The Menlo […]

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Menlo Spark celebrates second anniversary, Menlo Green Challenge continues

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Diane Bailey, Executive Director of Menlo Spark, reminded us that the non-profit just celebrated its second anniversary and that people who take the Menlo Green Challenge, an online climate action tool to help you find out your carbon footprint and take actions, might win an electric bike or scooter. She emails: “Carpooling and swapping out old […]

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Love the Earth is part of pre-Valentines program offered by Menlo Spark

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Diane Bailey, who is Executive Director of Menlo Spark, let us know about a fun art project called “Love Your Earth” her organization sponsored yesterday at the Boys & Girls Club in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park as a prelude to today’s Valentine celebration. She emails: “[The] BGCP has been integrating environmental themes into some of their programs.[Yesterday] Jonathan […]

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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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Menlo Spark salutes Climate Action Heroes for Earth Day

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Emails Diane Bailey, Executive Director of Menlo Spark: “We’ve just finished a fun project for Earth Day [April 22] called Local Climate Action Heroes to celebrate all the wonderful things that our local leaders, youth, families and businesses are doing to become more sustainable and lower their carbon footprint. You can see all of our Heroes […]

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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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Diane Bailey, Executive Director of Menlo Spark, talks about the new non-profit’s mission

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There’s a new non-profit in town, Menlo Spark, with an ambitious goal — to make the City of Menlo Park climate neutral (zero carbon) by 2025. “The city already has a climate action plan that calls for a 27% reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2020. This is a good foundation to start with, but we will […]

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