San Francisco, the city of the summer of love, nowadays still maintains some of that essence by being one of the most sustainable cities in the USA and in California. In fact, it is considered a pioneer among other environmentally conscious cities.
Want to know why?
For starters, it will be one of the fews cities where you will be able to live zero waste (hopefully by 2020), back in 2007 they already banned single-use plastic bags, you can easily find containers with waste division, in 2009 a large-scale urban food composting program was set up. When it comes to transportation more than half of the buses are hybrid-electric and the light rails are zero emission. Another issue the city is very concerned about is water conservation, it stands out as the area that has reduced its water consumption the most. The city is also surrounded by incredible forests and beaches, Point Reyes National Seashore or Muir Woods, are two of our favourite spots. And lastly, because of all the environmentally sound food options.
You can find all kinds of options, literally, anything you can think of; organic food, “farmer to table” restaurants, vegan restaurants, sustainably sourced fish from local fishermen, some restaurants are in eco-friendly buildings and/or use recycled furniture, others are focussed on reducing the amount of waste they produced, some even raise their greens in aquaponic greenhouses.
This just comes to show how many different ways we can make a difference!