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News - April 15, 2011

Earth Day events to sprout in Palo Alto

City and school officials prepare to bask in their green achievements next week

by Gennady Sheyner

From zooming electric cars to blooming "green" buildings, Palo Alto's environmentalists have much to smile about these days.

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Posted by So proud of our kids
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

It really is amazing to see the "sea" of bikes parked at our middle and high schools every day. The kids get it. With 11,825 PAUSD students traveling to and from school every day, the kids who walk and bike really are making a big dent in morning peak hour street congestion and carbon emissions...and they are getting healthy exercise!

We grown-ups could take a page out of their book. It helps that the city and school district have been working together to create better bike parking and pedestrian/bike connections into school sites and engineering safer public street conditions for kids on school routes so kids can do this more safely.

We don't have to walk and bike all the time. Carpooling and riding transit helps, too. We don't have to give up our cars, but I wish we'd think more carefully about how we use cars and burn fuel. Did you know that the average Palo Alto household generates about ten car trips per day and a high percentage of those trips are UNDER two miles? We don't have to walk and bike for every trip, but we can walk and bike for MORE trips. Before you leave the house, please take a miniute to think, "Do I NEED to drive for this trip? Can I bike, walk, ride a shuttle or bus? carpool?"

Our kids are leading the way. Thanks, PAUSD students!

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Posted by PAGreenEnergy
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Our Palo Alto Green Energy and Compost Initiative will be represented at many of the Earth Day venues, and we welcome your endorsement and support. The campaign builds the way to keep composting local, and thereby reducing the carbon foot print that hauling the materials all the way to Gilroy would pose. The campaign builds the way to shutting down the city's sludge incinerator - the day that device is stopped will mark a true sustainability milestone for our community.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Apr 18, 2011 at 6:42 am

A true and honest accounting of being green starts with the fight and preservation of the trees both public and private.
How about not cutting down more trees in the city?

Where are you Gennady when it comes to reporting the removal of city trees over the last few years. No where to be found other than the post-CA Ave. analysis. Never was a picture shown of the removal of tree at Mitchell Park library, never was a picture shown of the removal of the trees at Pardee Park, sadly I am to assume you will turn a blind eye to the pending removal of 20 trees at the Palo Alto Art Center and then next the trees they have planned to removed at the main library.

Being green means fighting for the bits of nature we still have left.
Where do you stand?

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