GREEN CITY Doing the right thing often costs a little more. Organic food, solar panels, and compact fluorescent lightbulbs are all pricier than conventional options. But Café Gratitude is now adding legal fees to the cost of going green for terminating a linen service contract in order to use unbleached cotton napkins in its four restaurants.
It's hard to imagine how a restaurant could be any more humane, sustainable, and environmentally conscious. Read more »
It's taken awhile, but Congress is finally moving toward federal legislation that would combat global warming in concert with the 2007 Energy Bill. The first of possible options was introduced today by New Mexico's Senator Jeff Bingaman, and calls for all states to generate or purchase 15 percent of their power from renewable sources. Read more »
The best part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech today in front of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce came after the closing remarks when everyone was leaving and the guy sitting next to me said, "Did he even say anything about energy?" Good question, given that we were seated in the inner sanctum of PG&E's 77 Beale Street corporate headquarters. Read more »
GREEN CITY I spent my undergraduate years at a microscopic liberal arts college set in the shadow of a national park on an island in Maine a remote idyll where people abhor locking their doors and you can almost smell the Atlantic whale migration when a southeastern wind blows.
The college is overtly environmental and so small it's possible to practice what's preached: food is grown on the school's farm, students cycle around on communal bikes, ceremonies strive to be zero-waste. Read more »
Public power advocates are looking for new ways to lay the groundwork for city-owned electricity by just opening up the ground.
The plan could be a significant step forward for the public power movement and may open a new front in the long campaign to replace Pacific Gas and Electric Co. with a city-run agency.
Sup. Chris Daly has asked the city attorney to draft legislation that would require anyone who digs up a city street, for any reason, to install city-owned power and fiber-optic cables in the hole. Read more »
Public records are coming in pretty handy these days. Congress is using them to investigate the relationship between the Republican National Committee and the firing of eight attorneys general, and as with many investigations that use documents to uncover malfeasance, some key documents are missing in this case Karl Rove e-mails.
It seems Mayor Gavin Newsom's office also has a penchant for the delete key, according to findings of the city's Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. Read more »