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Los Altos joins global climate rallies

More than 40 people in Los Altos joined a Sept. 24 demonstration for clean energy in one of thousands of events that took place in 170 countries for “Moving Planet,” a global day of action designed to promote clean energy.

“The planet has been stuck for too long with governments doing nothing about the biggest problem we’ve ever faced – the climate crisis,” said Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, the international climate campaign coordinating “Moving Planet.”

From Cairo to Quito, from Dhaka to Denver, hundreds of thousands of people gathered to demonstrate their commitments to a safe climate future – without using a drop of oil.

In Los Altos, bikers and walkers visited creative, environmentally sustainable projects in the local community.

Mayor Ron Packard kicked off the tour, identifying a number of things the city of Los Altos has done to advance sustainability.

“We need sustainable solutions for the health of our planet,” he said. “This group and this tour demonstrate that our citizens want a clean-energy future.”

Stops on the Los Altos tour included:

•Â Packard Foundation construction site. Margie Suozzo, head of GreenTown Los Altos, explained how the new building on Second Street in downtown Los Altos is designed to produce all its energy needs onsite, to be carbon neutral and to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification.

•Â Almond School Living Classroom gardens. Vicki Moore, founder of the Living Classroom Program, outlined the hands-on, garden-based lessons offered to children in the Los Altos School District. The activities support curriculum instruction in science, math and history, and give elementary and junior high students an opportunity to connect with nature.

•Â Los Altos High School parking structure solar array. Sybil Cramer, Green Team parent liaison, discussed the $250,000 per year in electricity savings the school district realizes from the solar photovoltaic shade structures. Those on the tour also learned about other green initiatives at the school, including the process and requirements the school met to become certified as a green business.

•Â Los Altos History Museum workshop. Linda Gass, curator of the upcoming exhibition “Shaped by Water: Past, Present & Future,” addressed the impact of climate change on local water resources.

The tour group participated in a tree-building workshop to help create Riveropolis, a hands-on social sculpture of an orchard river, which will be installed during the opening weekend of the exhibition, Oct. 15-16.

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