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Happy trails for Michael Closson

Original post made on Apr 5, 2013

When Michael Closson moved from New York state to Palo Alto in 1972 to work at Stanford University, his new job as assistant dean of undergraduate studies was nothing to sniff at. Still, within four years he had left the school to co-direct a local nonprofit.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 5, 2013, 9:05 AM

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Posted by Debbie Ford-Scriba
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

Kudos to Michael Closson for a job well done. He's aptly positioned Acterra for its next chapter of influence. He will be missed, and followed!

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Posted by Sherry Bijan
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

Michael has had the incredible vision and focus to lead Acterra, bringing with it the awareness surrounding the issues of planet protection. While much work remains to be done, he has been successful in laying a solid foundation and a sustainable, shared mission. Wish you continued success in your future endeavors Michael.

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Posted by Jweiss
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Thanks for being such a great leader for Acterra these past years, Michael. Enjoy your hard-earned time to do many of the other things you love.

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Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Joel is a registered user.

He's not just a pretty face, it seems. He can play with the best of them; in darts and cribbage. And an avid book reader. Keep an eye on this young man he has just begun to see the future.
With love my friend,

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Posted by Ben Hammett
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Michael I will miss your marvelous, innovative energy and especially your warm welcome. Your collaborative promotion of our green church activities has brought on many occasions a vibrant audience and furthered our environmental impact. You have been a great role model for the thousands of folks who have passed through Acterra's doors, as they have expanded their knowledge and leadership skills. My image of you is of a great guy with a perpetual broad smile, a great laugh, working after hours in the office, and giving public pep-talks about Acterra. I will sorely miss dropping in to share our latest jokes.

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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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Posted by Tony Acarasiddhi Press
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2013 at 6:45 am

Michael's been a quiet inspiration for me for about 20 years. We are all lucky that he chose Palo Alto and the mid-peninsula to be his base.

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Posted by Todd Martin KIng
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm

I do not want to post a comment because he is honor.

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Posted by But wait, there's more
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 3, 2016 at 10:56 pm

Closson says "The big enchilada here is climate change -"

I agree, but there is another overarching problem, overpopulation. This seems to have fallen to the wayside, but there is hardly any problem that isn't affected by overpopulation. Including climate change.

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