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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

E-Bikes on Open Space Trails: Yes or No?

On Wednesday, June 29, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) will decide where to allow e-bikes on its

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 26, 2022
Last comment by Joel Lachter, on Jul 9, 2022 at 3:14 pm |
19 comments | 13594 Views

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Am I saving enough water yet?

We are in our third year of drought in California and it’s not pretty. SoCal residents are under some

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 19, 2022
Last comment by BobB, on Jul 6, 2022 at 8:47 am |
39 comments | 13103 Views

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Let's bury our CO2. What could possibly go wrong?

We did not act early enough on climate change, and we continue to burn through our carbon budget too fast. As a result, we are faced with the need to capture and...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 1, 2022
Last comment by John, on Jul 4, 2022 at 8:22 am | 14 comments | 14917 Views

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Will goopy straws and useless bags doom our efforts?

Many readers of this blog are concerned about plastic waste. I understand why. We walk past discarded water bottles at concerts and games; we find disposable cups...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 12, 2022
Last comment by MichaelB, on Jun 18, 2022 at 8:13 am | 23 comments | 12454 Views

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Are you ready to ditch disposables?

Two years ago, in February 2020, I wrote about Palo Alto’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 29, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 3, 2022 at 5:27 pm | 15 comments | 14831 Views

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We need stable, climate-forward land use policies

With the growing demand for renewable energy, domestic mineral supplies, new long-distance transmission lines, and subterranean repositories for captured CO2 and...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 15, 2022
Last comment by chris aoki, on May 18, 2022 at 1:07 pm | 4 comments | 10545 Views

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Need some help choosing a plant-based milk?

A few weeks ago I found myself staring into a refrigerator case full of plant-based milks, with no idea which one to choose or why. A guy next to me was doing the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 8, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on May 13, 2022 at 8:15 pm | 13 comments | 15594 Views

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Frustrated? Angry? Use it, don't lose it!

Here we are, staring down the barrel of yet another dry, hot, smoke-filled summer and fall. We have already had

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 10, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 28, 2022 at 12:23 pm |
16 comments | 13482 Views

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Menlo Park considers an "electrification concierge"

There are many easy, fast, and cost-effective ways for each of us to make a big dent in our emissions. Think modernizing our diets, electrifying our transportation,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 17, 2022
Last comment by MP Father, on Apr 25, 2022 at 10:43 pm | 13 comments | 14633 Views

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Would you like more/better veggie options at your local restaurants?

I’ve been trying to eat less meat and cook more vegetarian dinners at home, but my range of veggie cooking is not so good yet. When friends suggested a few...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 3, 2022
Last comment by Anneke, on Apr 6, 2022 at 6:15 pm | 14 comments | 16730 Views

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Vehicles turning right pose a danger to cyclists and pedestrians

Last week I biked to Ace Hardware, just over a mile from my home, and when I came back I thought “Whoa, that was not fun.” There are some big four-way...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 20, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 30, 2022 at 7:38 pm | 33 comments | 18371 Views

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Are you trying to use less gas?

Some days (weeks) you just want to keep your eyes closed. You don’t want to watch the news, you don’t want to look at gas prices, you don’t want...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 13, 2022
Last comment by Erlinda , on Mar 20, 2022 at 8:43 pm | 33 comments | 15867 Views

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Is it true that our electricity rates will be going down?

Many of us have felt the pinch of high electricity bills over the winter, and our bills only seem to go up. Well, it’s not your imagination. Electricity rates...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 6, 2022
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Mar 11, 2022 at 5:27 pm | 25 comments | 20144 Views

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"One of the biggest failures in 50 years of energy policy"

Stanford recently invited John Deutch, a Professor Emeritus at MIT with decades of experience in energy policy and energy security, to do a short series of lectures...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 20, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 25, 2022 at 6:18 pm | 14 comments | 16644 Views

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Why aren't more products easy to repair?

A few years ago my Dad got really annoyed when his patio umbrella stopped opening and closing easily. He wasn’t annoyed because it stopped working. He was...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 13, 2022
Last comment by Matt, on Feb 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm | 15 comments | 16127 Views

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The Economics of Residential Rooftop Solar

The other day I mentioned to someone that I’m not a big fan of residential rooftop solar. His response was “You don’t believe in climate change?”...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 16, 2022
Last comment by EPL, on Feb 16, 2022 at 7:46 am | 67 comments | 18916 Views

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Palo Alto's climate goals threatened by inadequate power grid

The City of Palo Alto’s emissions goals are in jeopardy because of its outdated electrical grid. During a February 2 Utilities Advisory Commission (UAC)

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 6, 2022
Last comment by Larry, on Feb 13, 2022 at 1:11 pm |
29 comments | 16964 Views

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Can we build enough clean, affordable power on time?

Last week’s blog post had an overview of...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 5, 2021
Last comment by Paly Grad, on Feb 11, 2022 at 8:07 am | 21 comments | 14658 Views

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A Snapshot of Grid Mixes across the US

Over the past few days I’ve spoken with several people who are electrifying their homes and cars, and it reminded me how lucky we are to live in California...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 30, 2022
Last comment by chris aoki, on Feb 8, 2022 at 6:35 pm | 17 comments | 12226 Views

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What can you do with your EV battery?

I have heard from many of you who have EVs and would like to know when you will be able to use your car to power your house during a blackout, charge your laptop...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 23, 2022
Last comment by EPL, on Jan 29, 2022 at 4:34 pm | 8 comments | 12356 Views
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