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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
Key people
Adam Stern, Executive Director
Donations and Grants
Slogan Bringing people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.

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


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.[1]


Acterra addresses global climate change through the following programs and fiscally sponsored projects:[2]

  • 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.
  • Grassroots Ecology (formerly the Acterra Stewardship Program) provides volunteer land and watershed stewardship opportunities, nature education, and a native plant nursery. Grassroots Ecology became an independent fiscally sponsored project of Acterra on July 1, 2016.
  • The Environmental Library and Resource Centre provides environmental books, videos, and reference information.

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