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Learn More about the Proposed Beach Garden

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 18, 2011

First Havens, now Wildwood, Beach is the next Piedmont elementary school to be retrofit. Learn more about a proposal for the garden area that would integrate it into the campus.

Click the apple to view the presentation

Please review the proposed plan for the Beach Garden and add your comments at:

http://beachschoolgarden.com then click on the apple.

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Third Annual Piedmont Goes Green Parent Party

Posted by movenden on October 5, 2010

If you had been thinking of getting a ticket for the Piedmont Goes Green parent party, but never got around to it, this is the LAST, LAST minute (the party is this Saturday).  We have just a few spots left.  Let me know a.s.a.p. if you’re interested. Aside from the fascinating presentations, we are going to have a great menu of organic, local and seasonal dishes.


DATE AND TIME: Saturday October 9, 2010.  6-9:30 PM

HOSTS: Carole Parker and Dan Reicher (at their home), Heather & Jeff Clapp, Shannon & Rob Bloemker. Andrea Ruiz-Esquide & Ignacio Barandarian, Teresa Drenick & John Creighton, Margaret Ovenden & Don Ashburn

TICKETS: $55 each ($110 for a couple).  Write checks to “APCP Tri-School Fundraiser.”



John White ( Piedmont Middle School teacher & parent) Moving towards a more localized, resilient and sustainable Piedmont . (John teaches the PMS “Green Team” class.)

Information Stations (guests rotate through these.  Total program = one hour.  All the rest of the time = party & dinner):

Dan Reicher (Wildwood parent). Knowledge is Less Power: How Google’s PowerMeter and other emerging technologies can help you target and reduce your household energy use. (Dan is Director of Climate Change & Energy Initiatives at Google.)

Terry Smith (Havens teacher) and Lisa Joyce (Beach parent). Edible Garden Planning Step by Step: Have you held back on starting or expanding your home vegetable garden because you feel like you don’t have enough expertise to plan it properly?  Hear some general principles for how to expand your garden in bits and pieces, as you have time. (Terry and Lisa are the masterminds behind the Havens and Beach school garden programs.)

Shannon Bloemker (Havens parent).  Home Remodeling for Sustainability: Being eco-friendly isn’t all there is to making your major or minor home remodel sustainable.  It’s about a balance between finances, social well-being, and the environment. Guidelines for thinking through your project to make your home greener and more sustainable, as well as the myths and realities of LEED certification. ( Shannon is getting her Master’s in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard, and is certified in LEED).

Bob Houser (Beach parent). The Dollars and Sense of Going Green: The hard numbers behind the pay-offs from investments in things like front-loading washers, new refrigerators, better cars, solar power.  How you can benefit the environment and your wallet at the same time. (Bob served on Piedmont ’s Environmental Taskforce and writes the “For Green’s Sake” column for the Post.)

ALSO FEATURING: Stella Kennedy (PMS Green Team teacher) with plants and information from the U.C. Botanical Garden Native Plant Nursery.

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Linda Beach Community Garden

Posted by Len Gilbert on September 1, 2010

This just in from the Beach Goes Green team…sounds like a great idea, but the picnic table area should be retained. There are so few tables in Piedmont parks. Why is that?


On the Park Commission’s agenda tonight is discussion of improving the Howard Street entrance to Linda Beach Field (near the bathrooms, where they had to take down those two large pines last year).  One idea being floated is a community garden.  The meeting is at 5:30 in City Council Chambers.

1. Discussion & Project Update by Park & Project Manager, Mark Feldkamp Regarding the Proposed Improvements for the Howard Entrance, Restroom Structure and Community Garden for Linda Beach Field/Park: A survey of the site will be available for viewing at the meeting. Currently the city is also looking at improving the ADA access to the Linda Beach Tot lot and is considering making this project a priority project for ADA grant funding depending on the cost estimates of the proposed improvements.

Greening Piedmont Schools website:

Beach Parents website:

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Green Fundraiser for Piedmont Elementary Schools

Posted by Len Gilbert on September 3, 2008

If you’ve been meaning to sign up for the September 27th “Piedmont Goes Green” parent party but just haven’t gotten around to it (or if you’re a new parent and this is the first time you’re hearing about it), now’s the time to do it!

We have a limited number of tickets still available, on a first-come, first-served basis ($65/person, $130/couple). Proceeds go to the the Piedmont tri-school fundraising effort. Join us in the beautiful garden of one of our Beach families for a fun-filled evening celebrating the national and Piedmont-wide movement for a greener, cleaner and more environmentally sustainable way of life.

Enjoy the bounty of the end-of-summer season, as you feast on delicious dishes made with organic, locally and sustainably grown products. We’ll provide an array of local/organic beverages including our signature, soon-to-be famous “Greenmonter” cocktail. But it’s not just about food: We’ll have the answers you’ve been looking for about the practical nitty-gritty of “going green”:

  • What’s the real story with “green” household cleaners?
  • What steps can I take to reduce my household’s carbon footprint?
  • Which plastics are safe for my family and which should we avoid?
  • Where did all this great organic food come from, and how can I get more of it?

To Purchase Tickets: Contact Margaret Ovenden at movenden@sbcglobal.net

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Green Schools: Presentation and Community Discussion

Posted by movenden on May 8, 2008

Green Building * Recycling * Walking School Buses * No Trash Lunches * School Gardens * Green Cleaning * Composting * Solar Panels * Energy Conservation * Environmental Education * Healthy Lunches * Safe Plastics *

Many exciting “green” initiatives are in the air among parents, teachers, students and staff at the Piedmont schools …

…Come hear more about what’s happening … find a place to make your own contribution … make connections with people from other schools … be inspired …

Presentation and Community Discussion on

Green Schools

Thursday, May 8th – 7:15-8:45 pm

Beach School Auditorium

Presentation by Deborah Moore, Executive Director of the Green Schools Initiative: How have other schools “gone green” and what are some of the best practices for organizing this process?

Community Discussion among parents, teachers, students, community and school leaders from all the Piedmont schools (Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Middle School, High School and Millennium):

  • Each school’s “green” projects or plans (successes and challenges)
  • How can we coordinate our efforts and move forward together?

Sponsored by the Beach Parents’ Organization’s Green Committee. For more information or to let us know that you want to participate, contact Margaret Ovenden at movenden@sbcglobal.net

The Little Green Schoolhouse

(Graphic by the Green Schools Initiative http://www.greenschools.net/)

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