The city of Palo Alto offers many resources for saving our environment. Non-profit organizations along with the Utilities Department are providing incentives and programs to adopt a greener lifestyle.
Acterra Action For A Healthy Planet (http://acterra.org/) was formed in 2000 by the merger of Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation and Bay Area Action, two of the region’s most respected environmental organizations. Acterra offers youth programs, business environmental awards, Stewardship Program, Fiduciary Programs, Climate Heroes recognition, the Green Home program and more! Start by performing community service, request a Green Home House Call, restoring native habitat, supporting environmental leaders, and involving your business, school, or community become energy efficient.
Wave One (http://waveonepaloalto.org/) assists businesses reduce their use of energy and water by implementing best practices for waste stream management and generating renewable energy. Wave One will measure, document, and verify cost effective measures taken by a Palo Alto Business. They are located on 172 University Avenue , and their phone number is 650.618.3010.
The Utilities Department (http://cityofpaloalto.org/depts/utl/default.asp) is providing washer rebates, I-SHRP (irrigation system hardware rebate program), WELRP (water-efficient Landscape Rebate program), HET rebates, REAP (Residential Energy Assistance Program), water wise house calls, free water-saving devices. Check out their smart energy rebates for pool pumps, water heating, attic/wall insulation, appliances, and HVAC at http://cityofpaloalto.org/smartenergy. Use their free online energy analysis tool to identify ways to save energy (http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer/).
JACO Environmental (http://www.jacoinc.net) offers rebates from recycling old refrigerators. Started in Snohomish County , north of Seattle , WA , this program has expanded to include most of western United States . Use their Utility program locator to find the nearest rebate pickup athttps://www.jacoinc.net/weborder/progselzip.aspx.
In support of the statewide Million Solar Roofs Initiave solar energy incentive program , the Palo Alto electric utility offers rebates on newly installed PV (Photovoltaic) systems. To find out if you qualify for a rebate, check http://cityofpaloalto.org/pvpartners .
Protect the environment by reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions by installing a Solar Water Heating system (SWH). Unlike a photovoltaic or electric solar systems that uses the sun’s energy to generate electricity, a SWH uses the sun’s energy to heat the water before sending it to the storage tank. Incentives are offered for qualified, licensed contractors to promote clean, renewable heating systems. Find out more at www.cityofpaloalto.org/swh.
Palo Alto residents also have the option of purchasing 100% renewable energy from wind and solar facilities by enrolling in a voluntary PaloAltoGreen program (www.cityofpaloalto.org/pagreen ). Think about how much CO2 you could prevent from entering the atmosphere through PAGreen!
E-waste is a growing environmental problem. Landfills are in danger of being overrun by thousands of computers, monitors, and other obsolete electronic items. PMB Recycling (http://pmbrecycling.yolasite.com/ ) and TriValleyRecycling (www.trivalleyrecycling.com ) collect and properly handle electronic waste in compliance with regulations of California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Schedule a pick-up or find an ecollective location nearest you from http://www.myecollective.com/ .
Finally, teach your children to appreciate and love nature by enjoying more than 4,500 acres of park land and open spaces. Find out about Foothills Park , Ester Clark Nature Preserve, The Baylands, and more at www.cityofpaloalto.org/openspace .
Make a difference now by reducing harmful emissions, recycling, and using energy efficiently!
(1) PMB Recycling
(2) Fill Out their Form
(3) Request Green Home Housecall
(4) Water Energy Savings
(5) Million Solar Roofs Initiative