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In August 2018, the City of Santa Clara will be kicking off a Sustainability Speaker Series. These events are free and registration is encouraged to guarantee your spot. Topics covered will include environmental stewardship, energy and water conservation, and other important ways to encourage sustainable behaviors in our community. Additional workshops and presentations will be announced. 

Sustainability Speaker Series Schedule:

March 2, 2019 -  Prep Your Spring Garden

Central Park Library, Redwood Meeting Room - 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Spring time is here and it can be overwhelming to prioritize what to do in your garden. This workshop will discuss ideas and topics on preparing soils, sowing seeds, getting transplants, fertilizing plants, pest controls, pruning perennials, mulching, and much more! Registration not required. 

About the speaker: 

Mint Pasakdee has been a certified Master Gardener since 2015. She works for the Santa Clara Unified School District as a farm educator teaching students about soil, plants, composting, pollinators, and nature. She is also a member of the Santa Clara community garden.  


Past Workshops

August 15, 2018 - Adopting Zero Waste Behaviors

Community Recreation Center - Arts and Crafts Room
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Are you interested in adopting a new zero waste habit, such as composting, refusing straws, or bringing your own takeout container to restaurants? Maybe you would like to encourage your family members or friends to do the same. This workshop will help you gain the knowledge and skills to turn your environmental behavior change goals into action. Through this workshop, participants will be able to recognize common “myths” of environmentally responsible behaviors, and learn how to use research-supported strategies to encourage zero waste actions. 

About the speaker:

Meghan Kelly is Principal of Green Motivate, where she assists environmental organizations in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs with a goal of behavior change and effective communication. Meghan specializes in research design and strategy, effective communication and messaging.

September 22, 2018 - California Native Plants for Your Landscape

Central Park Library, Margie Edinger Room - 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

native garden

Learn the benefits of gardening with California native plants as well as design basics, installation, watering and some favorite reliable plant families.Come with questions!

Registration is not required. First come, first served as space is limited. Tickets do not guarantee entry to this event, but registering is a great way to get a reminder. 

About the speaker: This workshop will be taught by Master Gardener Allie Judy. 


September 23, 2018 -  Repair Café

Central Park Library - 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Picture of Laura Stec

Back again this year! Do you have an old lamp that needs rewiring? Has your vacuum lost suction? Do you need a new zipper on your favorite pants? Is your computer on the fritz? Repair Café can help you. Don’t toss the item, bring it to the Library. The line will start at 11:30 am, first come first served.


Don’t have any repair needs? Don’t worry, come anyway and attend our D.I.Y. Sessions in the Margie Edinger Meeting Room:

  • 1:30 pm - How to do a DIY Home Energy Audit with SVP
  • 2:15 pm - Keeping Bees Around & More About Bees with Jason Graham
  • 3:00 pm - DIY Worm Bin Composting with a Master Composter

November 8, 2018 - Reducing your Foodprint

Central Park Library, Margie Edinger Room - 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

One of the most powerful effects you can have on the environment begins on your dinner plate. Join chef Laura Stec - author of Cool Cuisine, Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, to learn how to lighten your load while electrifying your eats. Changing your diet is not about what you shouldn’t eat, it’s learning all the options and variations available to you. A small cooking will take place after the presentation. 

About the speaker:

Laura Stec is a chef, educator and author, specializing in events and products for healthy people and the planet. Her work has been featured at NPR, Martha Stewart, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and numerous local and national media sites. She is a private and corporate chef with Laura Stec – Innovative Cuisine and Culinary Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente and Bay-Area corporate wellness programs. You can learn more about Laura's work at

January 31, 2019 -  Improve the Comfort of Your Home & Save Energy

Central Park Library, Redwood Meeting Room - 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

There are a number of low cost and no cost do it yourself projects that you can do to improve the comfort of your home and save money and energy. Learn how to identify air leaks, install weatherstripping, and more. Santa Clara residents who bring a current utility bill may receive a free weatherization kit valued at $25*.

*One per household. Customers who previously received a kit are ineligible. 

About the speaker: 

Herb Marshall is the Energy Conservation Coordinator at Silicon Valley Power. He has performed hundreds of home energy audits and is a certified Home Energy Rating System  (HERS) Rater.

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