Acterra is a Bay Area-focused environmental organization based in Palo Alto that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. The organization’s roots go back to 1970 with a history of inspiring and motivating action for change.
Acterra focuses its efforts on the most urgent issue of our time: climate change. We promote and support electrification, energy efficiency and renewable energy; transportation innovation; food sustainability; resilience and adaptation in the context of empowering underserved communities; and sustainable business practices in our region. We collaborate with community partner organizations as well as local and regional governments to effect change. We provide educational outreach in the form of our popular public lectures and free community workshops.
Acterra's staff provides environmental education in the areas of energy and climate change, corporate sustainability, and advocacy to build an informed and empowered citizenry. Our programs include Workplace Sustainability, Beneficial Electrification for All, Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet, and continuing education through You(th) Be the Change and our Public Lecture Series.