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There is an endless amount to say about San Francisco and the eco-friendly lifestyle the city embodies. As a pioneer of creating a sustainable, clean, and recycle centric community San Francisco continually challenges its residents to improve on their current green lifestyles from using public transportation, frequenting local green businesses, to participating in the recycling program. A program that has a 75% recycling rate and steadily progressing toward the goal of having ZERO waste going into landfills by 2020.
Highlights during our visit started with our search for a green hotel. The city has numerous options that meet the needs for all different types of travelers. Most important for us the ability to freely get around the city without the need of a car. For anyone who has yet to visit San Francisco, like any city parking is hard to find and can be expensive. After being on the road for the last week, we were more than happy to trade in our car for the city’s classic Cable Cars, BART, and bike rentals.
Another green fixture is the city’s use of solar energy. Bus shelters have solar paneled roofs as well as many business buildings. As a way of expanding on this, the city created the San Francisco Solar Map. This website enables you to search any address in the city to see if your business or residence is solar powered. Not solar powered? The site will not only give you information about your solar potential and price savings but will put you directly in touch with green companies for installation. We were truly amazed by this and look forward to seeing other cities implement it as well.
We had an amazing time on this California road trip and loved seeing how every place between San Diego to San Francisco not only embraced, but put their own mark on helping the planet last for generations to come.
Wednesday is our typical Pick of the Week day, and with that our coastal road trip is not an exception. This week’s pick goes to the amazing CA coastal city of Santa Barbara.
There are so many things to say about Santa Barbara, and to be completely honest we are slightly biased because it is our home town. That aside, visitors to Santa Barbara can find that green culture surrounds them at every turn.
Running down the south end of State Street to the Pacific Ocean is the local MTA Pier Shuttle that is all electric and only .25 cents to ride. In fact the Santa Barbara MTA is North America’s largest fleet of electric vehicles. If you are visiting the city and plan on staying in the historic downtown area, you can get just about anywhere without a car. Along with that, the city of Santa Barbara is a large cycling community hosting such organizations as the National MS Society, which we are proud to say we have participated in.
Known as the American Rivera, Santa Barbara’s climate creates an ideal home for dozens of parks and nature preserves such as the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. The University of California, Santa Barbara (our alma mater) also does its part in contributing to supporting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Home of one of the oldest Environmental Studies programs, UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management is the U.S.’s first building to earn two LEED Platinum certifications, made of recycled materials and has solar roof panels to help power the building. The university is also among the college campuses that focuses heavily on recycling and part of the Plastic Free Campus program.
Going to be in Santa Barbara this Spring Break? April is Ecotopia Month in Santa Barbara and is filled with activities all around the city. Home to one of Earth Day’s first celebrations in 1970, the city celebrates the holiday with the National Earth Day Festival. At the event you can be inspired by the Green Shorts Film Festival, the Green Car Show, and a visit to any of the local food exhibitors and sustainable restaurants offering organic and farm-to-table delicacies.
Next up, San Luis Obispo…