Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet

Our mission is to bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.

aka Acterra   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  http://www.acterra.org/

Mission

Acterra's mission is to bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.

Ruling year info

1973

Principal Officer

Lauren Weston

Main address

3921 East Bayshore Road

Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA

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Formerly known as

Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation

Bay Area Action

Acterra Action for a Sustainable Earth

EIN

23-7064937

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Our programs

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Beneficial Electrification

Acterra’s [email protected] program offers education and outreach to residents on simple ways to reduce the use of fossil fuels, saving both carbon emissions and money. The future of home energy is electric, so we offer information and resources on beneficial electrification in the home, which allows you to reduce your reliance on natural gas for cooking, space heating, and water heating. The Beneficial Electrification program also includes induction cooking classes and an induction cooktop loaner program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Acterra is actively pursuing ways to encourage and increase participation in climate work within the Bay Area business community. Many of our local partners are leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and strategists dedicated to elevating climate work such as zero net energy buildings, carbon neutrality, climate-friendly food, sustainable transportation, and zero waste. Acterra's Workplace Sustainability Program draws upon our successful 30-year history of Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards and supports a growing peer-to-peer learning network for sustainability-minded professionals, the Green Team Network.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Acterra hosts public lectures each Spring and Fall where renowned environmental experts bring their knowledge to Acterra's community.

Acterra’s You(th) Be the Change Program empowers middle school students to learn about climate science and solutions both globally and locally — and take action!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The transportation sector is the single largest contributor to our region's carbon emissions. With the Karl Knapp GoEV Program, Acterra is helping accelerate the shift from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy by providing local citizens with hands-on opportunities to experience the benefits of electric vehicles. Through peer-to-peer outreach and educational workshops, Acterra dispels misconceptions about driving electric and raises awareness that there is an EV to suit every budget.

Population(s) Served

In the San Francisco Bay Area, food is one of the biggest contributors to the average person’s carbon footprint, fueling climate change. Acterra’s Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet Program works together with local Bay Area communities to promote two easy and impactful ways to reduce our collective foodprint. Learn more below about the benefits of adopting a more plant-forward lifestyle and reducing the amount of wasted food, with the goal for us all to enjoy a healthier, well fed life.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2008

Charity Navigator 2007

Charity Navigator 2009

Charity Navigator 2010

Charity Navigator 2011

Charity Navigator 2012

Charity Navigator 2013

Charity Navigator 2014

Awards

Environmental "Heroes" Award 2009

US EPA

Bay Area Climate Change Top Performing Nonprofits 2010

Philanthropedia

Top-Rated Charity 2012

GreatNonprofits

Top-Rated Charity 2013

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Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2013

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2014

Combined Federal Campaign 2013

Combined Federal Campaign 2014

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Acterra aims for the following goals:
- To create positive change in the environmental health of the Silicon Valley region
- To engage, educate, and empower adults and teens to pursue and promote sustainable lifestyles
- To be an effective and well-known resource for positive personal and institutional environmental change
- To inspire people to inspire others to live sustainable lifestyles
- To publicize, promote and honore the good environmental work of others
- To promote solutions to pressing environmental problems

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alyssa Morrison Bonnette

Nancy Grove

Physician and Quality Systems Consultant (Retired)

Steve Monosson

Independent Investment Management Professional

Ranae DeSantis

Partner - Silicon Valley Social Ventures

Susan Dunn

Partner - Silicon Valley Social Ventures

Edith Eddy

Retired Executive Director of Compton Foundation

Mark Ostrau

Attorney, Fenwick and West

Sudhanshu Jain

ASIC Design Consulting, Climate Change Educator

Bruce Klafter

Former Sustainability Executive, Applied Materials

Dan Quinn

Environmental Education Volunteer

Kelly Shea

Member of the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP)

Japjit Tulsi

Partner Engineering at Microsoft

Jonathan Taylor

Associate, McKinsey and Company

Lindsey Kalkbrenner

Director, Center for Sustainability, Santa Clara University

Lucille Glassman

Technical Writer

Jerry Hearn

Member of Santa Clara County Community Resource Group

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2021

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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