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Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet
Founded 1970
Focus Environment, Education
Origins Merger of Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (PCCF) and Bay Area Action (BAA), 2000
Area served SF Bay area
Method Community partnerships, Volunteer projects
Members 1,000
Key people Adam Stern, Executive Director
Revenue Donations and Grants

Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet is a nonprofit environmental education and action organization based in Palo Alto, California.

Acterra's annual budget for FY 2012-13, $1.7 million.

Acterra has its headquarters at the Peninsula Conservation Center, located at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. The PCC building is also home to several other local environmental organizations, including Committee for Green Foothills.


Acterra's mission is to bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Growing out of the merger in 2000 of two older organizations, Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (founded 1970) and Bay Area Action (founded 1990), Acterra's long history draws on two generations of environmental leaders in serving the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay. Acterra's programs provide hands-on opportunities for ordinary people to make a difference where they live, work, learn, worship and play. Acterra's core values emphasize community, optimism and a lively, spirited approach to resolving serious environmental issues.


Always ready to respond to emerging needs, Acterra currently addresses global climate change through the following programs:

  • The Business Environmental Awards recognizes Bay Area businesses for innovative work in conservation, pollution prevention and environmental education.
  • Green@Home engages residents in measuring and reducing their energy use.
  • The Stewardship program teaches volunteers about local ecology as they work on restoring native plant and animal habitats.
  • The Native Plant Nursery grows native California plants for use in habitat restoration projects.
  • The Environmental Library and Resource Center provides environmental books, videos, and reference information.

A complete list of Acterra's programs and services can be found here.

Acterra also offers fiscal sponsorship services to qualifying nonprofit startup projects, such as CityTrees (Redwood City) a volunteer group, formed in May 2000, to promote and support urban forestry efforts in Redwood City.

Letter with 300+ Groups Ask Senate for Stronger Climate Bill, including Acterra.

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