Green Issue 2011

Working on it

Four California groups that are fighting for good, green jobs


It's not easy being green

But our green resource guide is here to help


A smattering of the phenomenal sustainability people and places you can plug into around the Bay.


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Threads of change

A fibershed activist wants us to consider our clothes

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GREEN ISSUE Planting indigo seedlings in a leaky greenhouse in the mist of a cold Marin County afternoon, Rebecca Burgess thinks about what she's going to wear. She's not a fashion model, or a clotheshorse, but she is on a yearlong quest to attire herself only in garments that were sourced and produced bio-regionally — or within a 150-mile radius of home — an area she calls her local fibershed.Read more »

Drawing a line in the toxic triangle

Advocates mount a regional push for environmental justice


GREEN ISSUE California is often viewed as being among the brightest shades of green. The Golden State's landmark climate-change legislation has proven magnetic for green-tech startups, while Northern California is defined in part by its longstanding love affair with natural foods and solar power. San Francisco boasts a well-used network of bike routes, a ban on plastic bags, mandated composting of kitchen scraps, and a host of urban agriculture projects.Read more »

Green days

An expurgated history of some key moments in Bay Area environmental history


1892: The Sierra Club is established by John Muir and a group of professors from UC Berkeley and Stanford in San Francisco. In its first conservation campaign, the club leads efforts to defeat a proposed reduction in the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.Read more »

Fishing for plastic

Project Kaisei hopes to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch


GREEN ISSUE For the past two summers, scientists and environmentalists with Project Kaisei, a Sausalito nonprofit focused on increasing public awareness of marine debris, have sailed out under the Golden Gate Bridge to survey trash in the North Pacific gyre.Read more »