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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.
Among the many beach cities Southern California has to offer – Huntington, Laguna, and Venice to name a few – Santa Monica with its history and iconic pier is a city that supports and encourages green living.
As one of the top ten sustainable cities in the U.S., Santa Monica uses 100% renewable electrical power. It goes without saying this is a major achievement and inspiration to communities worldwide. If that were not enough, transportation in the area ranges from biking, carpooling incentives, and the country’s largest eco-friendly hybrid taxi fleet all working to reduce the carbon foot print. The local bus system, The Big Blue Bus, pushes the green movement forward too by running on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), burning 77% cleaner than diesel fuel.
We Californian’s are all about driving our own vehicles though, right? Found throughout the city limits are numerous electric car charging spots and alternative biodiesel fueling facilities. A good thing to have around considering Santa Monica is continually listed as an area with the highest percentages of individuals that drive hybrid or electric cars.
These are just a few highlights of what green Santa Monica has to offer. If you find yourself in the city, we suggest looking over the LA Green Map for more eco-friendly businesses to check out. And don’t forget to walk the pier and take a ride on the Pacific Wheel, the first solar powered ferris wheel.
Next up, Santa Barbara…
To kick off our California road trip, we started with a visit to sunny San Diego. San Diego averages 201 days a year above 70 degrees. It is one of the sunniest cities in the USA, receiving an average of only 10-13 inches of rainfall a year. Immediately, we noticed many rooftops covered with solar panels.
According to the California Center for Sustainable Energy, San Diego is the top ranked city in California for generating solar power with 4500 rooftops covered with solar panels. Furthermore, if San Diego were a nation, it would rank among the top 25 countries for solar power.
San Diego Gas and Electric, the local energy provider in the area, allows those who are off the grid using solar panels to store their excess solar power acquired during the sunny months on the grid. This way, when it is cloudy or nighttime and there is not much energy generated from your solar panels, you can use your stored energy from SDG&E. The only downside is that SDG&E will not financially credit you for the extra energy you provide to them.
San Diego is not only a beautiful city to visit with its amazing weather, wonderful harbor views, and fun family activities.. it is a front runner in the clean energy and green movement!
Next up, Santa Monica…