Author: Jenny Green

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Leadership Program Announces 2024 Capstone Projects

Each year, participants in the Green Foothills Leadership Program complete a capstone project. The project involves planning an advocacy campaign that benefits open space, farmland, or natural resources and advances race equity. Participants spend several months designing their campaigns individually or in small groups. Some later develop their projects in the real world, while for...

Tamara Smith-Jones: The Need for Healing
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Tamara Smith-Jones: The Need for Healing

Tamara Smith-Jones is the founder of Helping Others Maintain Earth (H.O.M.E.), an organization whose mission is community empowerment. She participated in the Green Foothills Leadership Program in 2022 and created a capstone project focused on social justice in East Palo Alto. “The Leadership Program lit a fire under me in terms of realizing the urgency...

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Peter Ruddock: A Passion for Sustainable Food Production

Many of us dream of ditching our day jobs to follow our passion, but few people actually do it. Former software developer Peter Ruddock is one who successfully made the leap. In 2011 he switched fields to focus on organic food, initially volunteering with a number of organizations, including Slow Food and the San Mateo...

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Wendy Chou: Becoming an Advocate for Environmental Justice

Wendy Chou is a climate change advocate who works as the Coalition and Project Senior Manager at Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet. In 2022, she participated in the Green Foothills Leadership Program. At the time, she was working as Acterra’s communications manager, and she wanted to gain more experience and training in advocacy and...

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Using Her Leadership Skills to Help Her Tribe: Isabella ‘Amne Gomez

Isabella ‘Amne Gomez is a Muwekma Ohlone Youth Ambassador and a first-year undergraduate student at Santa Clara University. Because of her youth leadership work, she was accepted into the Green Foothills Leadership Program during her last semester of high school. She plans to use the skills, knowledge, and connections gained in the Leadership Program to...

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Announcing the Winners of Our 2023 Photo Contest

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Green Foothills 2023 Photo Contest! Hundreds of you sent beautiful, inspiring, and dazzling images of local nature, with so many outstanding entries that it was hard for the judges to choose. Congratulations to Susan LeClair, Jamal Edwards, and Zhiyuan Xu – this year’s winners! A number...

Everything Comes from the Earth: An Interview with Lizbeth “Xochipapalo” Amador
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Everything Comes from the Earth: An Interview with Lizbeth “Xochipapalo” Amador

The connection between Aztec dancing and the environment might not be immediately apparent, but Lizbeth “Xochipapalo” Amador will tell you why they’re linked. Liz is a longtime member of San Jose Aztec dance group Calpulli Tonalehqueh and is also a 2021 graduate of the Green Foothills Leadership Program. She explains that nature and Aztec culture...

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Announcing the Winners of Our 2021 Photo Contest

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Green Foothills Photo Contest. This year’s theme was “Picture Yourself Outdoors,” and we requested photos that showed people interacting with nature. Thank you for sending in so many inspiring photographs. Congratulations to Andrew Pierce, Jeff Regan, and Kyrod Myatt – this year’s winners! A number...

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