Kepler's is organizing the "Go-Green Summer Series" in partnership with a number of local organizations. The series will include authors' talks, demonstrations, and trips to parks and preserves.
Most of the events, including the kickoff on Sunday, June 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., will be held at the bookstore at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
At the June 10 program, the Sierra Club will honor the city of Menlo Park for adopting the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which commits the city to adopt measures that reduce greenhouse gases.
In addition, Keith Reed, customer energy efficiency manager at PG&E, will discuss suburban energy use and transportation. Acterra, the Palo Alto-based environmental group, will give a presentation on energy-saving upgrades and a conservation plan for the home.
Among the authors participating in the Go-Green series are Paul Hawken ("Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming"), Sherry Boschert ("Plug In Hybrids: The Cars that will Recharge America"), Jessica Prentice ("Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection"), Jean Rusmore ("Peninsula Trails"), and Sissel Waage ("Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement").
Kepler's will host story times for kids, too, including a reading of Alan Zweibel's "Our Tree Named Steve," and Graeme Base's "Uno's Garden."
A partial list of the local organizations participating in Go Green are: Cool Eatz, Encinal and Laurel schools' "No Waste" programs, Friends of the Bayfront Park, GreenCareerCentral.com, Hidden Villa, Menlo Park Green Ribbon Citizens Committee, PG&E, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Sierra Club-Loma Prieta Chapter, SRI International, Sun Microsystems, Sunset Magazine, Summit Travel Group/Eco Adventures, and TechShop.
Mayor Fergusson said she is delighted that Kepler's is taking the initiative to elevate community awareness about how people can "tread more lightly on the planet."
"We're all committed to walking more softly, but we just don't know how," Mr. Kepler said in an interview.
The series, he said, is intended to help residents "have fun" in the process of learning how to improve the environment.
Kristi Breisch of Menlo Park, one of the organizers of the series, said a goal is to keep presentations as family-oriented as possible and give people concrete tips on how to change wasteful habits and "go green."
For more information about "Go Green" events, go to www.keplers.com, place your cursor on the "Programs + Events" link in the navigation bar on the left, and select "Go-Green Events."