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Santa Clara

83% of the people in Santa Clara believe that climate change is happening

and 72% of Santa Clarans think community members can do more.*

Santa Clara at a glance

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We're glad you asked!

What can YOU do?

Santa Clara can make a world of difference.

And we can all do something!

Acterra is a 50-year old environmental organization based in Silicon Valley, dedicated to bringing people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Acterra focuses its efforts on the most urgent issue of our time: climate change. They provide educational outreach to promote 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.

What inspires you? Discover your solutions here:

It's always easier - and more fun - to take actions with others

Community Actions

Explore these groups and join those that align with your interests. This will never be a "complete list", so let us know about organizations that should be added: drop us a note at


350 Silicon Valley


350 Silicon Valley is a volunteer-led nonprofit dedicated to fighting for climate justice. We mobilize residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties for a speedy and just transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.


Carbon Free Mountain View

local, advocacy, energy & buildings

Carbon Free Mountain View is a group of residents who are dedicated to bringing climate solutions to Mountain View. We envision a thriving carbon-neutral Mountain View and Silicon Valley.


Citizens' Climate Lobby -Milpitas

local, advocacy

A local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, a bi-partisan organization working to promote climate change action through a carbon fee and dividend.


Climate Reality Project: Silicon Valley

advocacy, education

Our mission is to generate urgent climate action by educating our local community about the urgency of the climate change crisis and mobilizing our local community to immediate action.




Acterra is an environmental nonprofit that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Our programs encourage sustainability at home, work, on the road, and in the community.


Carbon Free Palo Alto

local, advocacy, energy & buildings

The mission of Carbon Free Palo Alto (CFPA) is to articulate a vision of carbon neutrality for Palo Alto’s future and to make that vision a reality.


Citizens' Climate Lobby- Mtn View, Los Altos

local, advocacy

A local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, a bi-partisan organization working to promote climate change action through a carbon fee and dividend.


Elders Climate Action-NorCal Chapter

advocacy, lifestyle

We are elders, including grandparents, great aunts and great uncles who care about the future for all children. As Elders Climate Action members, we are determined to do all we can to leave a sustainable planet for future generations.


Campaign for Fossil Free Buildings

advocacy, energy & buildings

Our goal is to accelerate a phase out of fossil fuels including natural gas from all buildings in Silicon Valley.


Carbon Free Silicon Valley

advocacy, energy & buildings

CFSV is a grassroots environmental advocacy group active since 2016. Our purpose is to work with our local clean energy agencies, municipal utilities, and elected officials to ensure Silicon Valley leadership in achieving aggressive greenhouse gas reductions.


Citizens' Climate Lobby- San Jose

local, advocacy

A local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, a bi-partisan organization working to promote climate change action through a carbon fee and dividend.


Green Town Los Altos

local, education, food & food waste, transportation

To protect and enhance the environment of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills through community engagement, education, and advocacy while contributing to and leveraging regional and global environmental efforts.

Actions You Can Take Right Now

Click on any of these images to take the first step, and then the next 





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What can you do?

See what's happening in your community:

Find businesses, non-profit organizations, and city & county climate action departments and agencies, all doing something to be part of the solution -

then reach out and connect!

take the survey!



Green Businesses

Find businesses near you that are Certified Green


Local businesses that are doing the right thing would certainly appreciate your support. Find one near you!


Are you interested in becoming a Green Business? 

The Santa Clara County Green Business Network is a voluntary partnership among business leaders, government agencies and non-profit organizations. We recognize and promote businesses that demonstrate continuous compliance with applicable environmental regulations, conserve energy, water, and other materials, implement sound environmental practices that prevent pollution and waste generation, and share environmentally responsible practices with other businesses in our community. 


Become a Certified Green Business! The program, part of the statewide California Green Business Network, leads the nation in creating a vibrant green economy that makes communities healthier and more livable while conserving resources. 

Government Engagement 

Local governments can make all the difference - learn what yours is doing


The County of Santa Clara's Office of Sustainability (OOS) seeks to build and maintain a healthy and safe County by reducing climate pollution, adapting to a changing global climate, enhancing natural resources and the environment, fostering a prosperous and just regional economy, and improving community health to ensure all people have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential.

Explore countywide sustainability resources, or find your local government below.




Silicon Valley Clean Energy



Environment and Sustainability


Sustainable Milpitas

San Jose Clean Energy



Environmental Programs

Morgan Hill

Community Services-Environmental Services

Valley Water


Los Altos

Environmental Commission

Mountain View

Environmental Services

Valley Transportation Authority


Los Gatos

Parks and Public Works- Environmental Services

Palo Alto

City Hall-Sustainability

What's Happening Around the Bay?

Regional resources to explore

There are agencies, community organizations, and business groups that are not centered in one particular county, but serve the region, and are often connected beyond the Bay. They offer information, resources, and ways to join the larger effort to implement climate solutions. Take a look at these organizations' websites. 

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