PRESS RELEASE: Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet has acquired Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV)

July 8, 2024

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet (Acterra) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV), effective July 1, 2024. This strategic move marks a significant milestone in the continued growth and impact of both organizations in the climate action and environmental sustainability landscape.

The acquisition brings together two esteemed entities with aligned missions and shared values, poised to enhance their collective efforts in education, healthcare, water conservation, air quality, and sustainable transportation. The combination of Acterra and SSV will enable the organizations to mutually reinforce each other’s work, greatly amplifying their capacity to serve the Bay Area residents and drive positive change on a broader scale.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sustainable Silicon Valley into Acterra,” said Lauren Weston, Executive Director at Acterra. “This acquisition not only expands our reach but also deepens our expertise and resources in water, air pollution, transportation and policy. Together, we are better positioned to address the pressing needs facing our communities of service, all while creating lasting social and environmental impact.”

 “We are excited about the opportunities that this transition presents for Sustainable Silicon Valley and our partners,” said Drew Clark, Board Chair at SSV. “By joining forces with Acterra, we can leverage our strengths in air quality, mobility and water reuse, and collaborate more effectively to achieve our shared mission of creating sustainable pathways. Together, we will be able to make an even greater difference in the lives of Bay Area residents.”

Both organizations are committed to ensuring a smooth transition that prioritizes continuity of services and maximizes the value delivered to stakeholders. Existing programs and initiatives will continue with a renewed focus on innovation and collaboration to address emerging challenges.

“Our partnership with SSV marks an exciting chapter in Acterra’s journey of growth in climate solutions, and aligns seamlessly with our commitment to delivering exceptional programming in our collective communities of service. “said Katie Excoffier, Acterra Board President. “We are thrilled to complement our service offerings with the additional resources, capabilities and scale of SSV.”

Drew Clark will be joining Acterra as Director of Air Quality, Dennis Murphy as Senior Manager, Water and Policy and Kerry Lindholm as Accounting Specialist, to maintain services and partnerships. [Learn more about them on Acterra’s staff page]

As Acterra and SSV embark on this new chapter together, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our supporters, partners, and stakeholders for their unwavering dedication and belief in their shared mission. Together, we look forward to achieving even greater impact and transforming more lives for the better.


About Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet 

Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet ( is a San Francisco Bay Area 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Palo Alto that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Through education and policy advocacy, Acterra helps accelerate the beneficial electrification of homes, businesses, and transportation, supports more climate-friendly food choices such as plant-forward diets and reduced food waste, and empowers youth to better understand and act on the climate crisis.

About Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV)

Sustainable Silicon Valley champions wise water use & reuse, clean air, sustainable mobility & regenerative communities. Vision: Champion a healthy, equitable, vibrant Bay Area. Mission: Bay Area sustainability issues. Strategy: Orchestrate collaborative, impactful solutions through projects, advocacy, policies, events & education. History: Originally founded in 2000 as part of a CalEPA, SSV spun out as a carbon registry and in 2004 became a non-profit.


Media Contact Information:

Uliana Mazan (she/her)
Digital Media Manager
Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet
(408) 641 8978


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