NEWS: San Francisco
I’m so excited to become a part of the CityHippy team. As a contributor I’ll be writing to you from San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area has such a thriving green community. It can be daunting at times trying to keep up with everything that’s going on here. Yet it’s exciting because it shows that things are happening and change is taking place.
I wasn’t around in the 60’s when the “original” hippies prevailed, but growing up I could still see remnants of the Peace and Love era; and I’ve seen this city transformed from then - to a dot com driven capital - to now, an eco-conscience community. It’s great to see more lines at our local farmer’s market than chain grocery stores. Tours of San Francisco’s architectural homes include not only the “Painted Ladies” Victorians, but also green built homes, and our famous Napa Valley is making organic wines as commonplace as the others.
The City by the Bay will soon be known as The Green City by the Bay. San Francisco can proudly boast being the location of the “greenest” federal building ever built west of the Mississippi! Our Mayor has replaced approximately 40% of its government cars with hybrid and natural gas and has an outstanding program called Green Connect, which is to improve the environment and beautify our public spaces around the city, through the collaboration of local government, non-profit agencies, and citizens.
There are so many fun and interesting things I can’t wait to share with the rest of the world about my city. Let me be your guide and I’ll show you what, where and when that’s green in the city.