Green City

Green City: Plugging into what's next

Backyard car conversion kits
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GREEN CITY Hybrid cars — those that run on a combination of gasoline and electricity — are all the rage among drivers looking to go green. But imagine a car that could drive 100 miles on one gallon of gas. That's what a hybrid could get if converted into a plug-in version, something Bay Area residents are starting to do themselves, filling a void left by the auto industry.

The California Car Initiative (a.k.a. CalCars) is on a mission to make plug-in hybrid electric vehicles widely available. Read more »

Green City: PG&E's two faces

Seeking to water down environmental standards
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GREEN CITY If Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is really working to become "the nation's greenest utility," as it claims, why is it opposing more renewable energy in California? Pending legislation — which PG&E opposes — would require a larger percentage of the state's energy to be produced from renewable resources by 2020.

The fact that PG&E is against Senate Bill 411 doesn't jibe with its self-proclaimed goal of going green. Read more »

Green City: Reaching critical mass

Fifteen years of free-wheelin'
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GREEN CITY Fifteen years ago this month, San Franciscans mobilized for the first Critical Mass, an unpermitted monthly bicycle parade and social protest that has subsequently been exported to cities around the world.

The movement formed in the streets as the Commuter Clot, just a handful of bicyclists seizing their stretch of pavement together. Read more »

Green City: Little prefab boxes

Is this really the next wave of eco-housing?
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GREEN CITY Lately, I've been reacquainting myself with the sticky herbal side of green. Read more »

Green City: Gray-water guerillas

Recycling water, under the radar
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GREEN CITY The task sounded simple: help our friend Kristal set up a bathtub in her backyard over the Labor Day weekend so she could soak under the stars and her plants could drink the gray water.

Gray water is water from the sink, shower, bathtub, and washing machine, but not the toilet. Read more »

Green City: Burning contradictions

Burning Man's green theme flopped -- but not for lack of good intentions. Plus: Reactions to the Gonzo burner's premature inflammation
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Green City: Signs of asbestos

Hazardous chemicals in the air
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A new front has opened up in the fight for environmental justice in the asbestos-dusted Bayview–Hunters Point community, this time featuring a Nation of Islam–affiliated nonprofit that's using Proposition 65 — California's "right to know" law — to force Lennar Corp. Read more »

Green City: Nice day for a green wedding

Environmental nuptials
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GREEN CITY The desire to go green is starting to color everything, even the traditional white wedding. There is an increasing desire to make an ecofriendly statement on the big day, according to the Feb. Read more »

Green City: When it rains ...

The cost of water
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GREEN CITY A few years ago my friend Andrew and I sailed a small boat to the northern Abaco region of the Bahamas, a shallow archipelago frequented by Palm Beach, Fla., sports fishers and vacationing couples on sailboats.

We made our first landfall on Walker's Cay, and while Andrew paid the customs official for the cruising permit, I hosed salt off our decks and refilled our water tanks. Read more »

Carbon-neutral madness

The trouble with carbon offsets
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GREEN CITY Are you carbon neutral yet? Al Gore says he is. The concert tours for the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, and other big acts say they are too. Indeed, going neutral is hot these days as, almost overnight, the fledgling market in carbon offsets has burgeoned into a multimillion-dollar industry.

The method is simple, at least in theory. Read more »