GreenTown, city offer noontime talks on environmental issues

The nonprofit Greentown Los Altos is partnering with the Los Altos Recreation and Community Services Department to host “Lunch with GreenTown,” a series of talks on environmental topics.

The following talks are all scheduled at noon.

• Tuesday: “Electrify Your Home.” Connie Miller and Steve Schmidt will discuss the importance of eliminating the use of natural gas in the home. Viewers can learn simple yet impactful steps to create a healthier environment for the family and a climate-friendly home.

• Feb. 25: “Good Urban Planning.” Mountain View City Councilmember Alison Hicks will explore why urban design is more important now than ever, highlighting how the design of public places can help address some of the biggest problems people face today.

• March 2: “Why People Drive; Let’s Bike.” Shiloh Ballard of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will discuss how the transportation sector is the biggest offender when it comes to greenhouse gases, as well as the coalition’s efforts to encourage more people to ride bikes.

• March 4: “The Latest on Waste and Recycling.” Louie Pellegrini of Mission Trail Waste Systems will offer an update on waste and recycling.

• March 9: “Regenerative Agriculture.” Jason McKenney of Hidden Villa will spotlight best practices at Hidden Villa.

• March 11: “Environmental Initiatives.” Laura Teksler, member of the Los Altos Environmental Commission, and Diya Gupta of the Los Altos High School Green Team, will highlight the latest developments taking place in Los Altos.

• March 16: “Plant-Based Eating.” Isabelle Cnudde and Davy Davidson will present their view that the future of food is plant-based, exploring the reasons behind the change and how residents can effortlessly be part of it.

• March 18: “Can Art Change Our Environmental Consciousness?” Artist Linda Gass will discuss how residents can respond to the effects of climate change, pollution and contamination of water resources. She will offer a behind-the-scenes look at her artwork and touch on how art can play an important role in educating the public.

• March 23: “The Circular Economy.” Julie Noblitt, research associate at CSIRO US, will discuss water security in a warming climate, with an emphasis on local and national initiatives that are applying the principles of the circular economy to reduce waste and enhance the security of the water supply.

• March 25: “Backyard Cover Cropping.” Lisa and Kathleen Putnam, UC Master Gardeners, will explain cover crops, why and how they benefit the garden and when to plant them.

To participate and for more information, email GreenTown Los Altos at [email protected] or visit

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