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Eco Resources

Improve It Green
Resource site for green building products and services, organized by county.
Resource site for consumers featuring chefs who support sustainable food choices by sourcing local, sustainable ingredients and practice environmentally responsible methods in their restaurants and businesses.

51 Things We Can Do to Save the Environment
Online version of 51 Things We Can Do to Save the Environment from Time Magazine.

Green House Interactive Graphic
Fun graphic of house with ideas for reducing carbon emissions.

West Coast Green
Expo of green building products open to individuals.

San Francisco Chronicle Green Resources (online)
Chronicle’s “green” resource pages.

PG&E Energy Center
Online resource pages for saving energy, green building, and education.

Energy Atlas
Great information on renewable energy throughout U.S.

Local Governments for Sustainability
Non-profit serving local governments throughout the U.S. and internationally. Provides estimates of CO2 emissions, education, and strategies to promote sustainability. Based in Oakland.

Ecology Center
Non-profit resource center for events, newsletters, classes, and advocacy with a community and social justice orientation.

City of Berkeley Buy Local – Buy Green
Directory of local businesses with green products and services.

Walk Score - Find a great neighborhood
This site evaluates and scores any address in the United States for its “walk friendliness” and looks at such factors as proximity to amenities, public transit, weather, etc. More importantly, it gives insight to important ways we can lower our carbon footprint.


SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education)
Non-profit organization working to link sustainable agricultural practices with urban food security needs; focusing on the connections between community health, sustainable agriculture, metropolitan infrastructure and growth, housing, and regional land use planning.

San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG)
Information page about SLUG, one of the nation’s largest urban gardening programs that combines economic-development and job-training components with urban farming in San Francisco.

Organic Consumers Association
Campaigning for Health, Justice, Sustainability, Peace and Democracy

City Slickers Farms
City Slickers is committed to increasing food self-security in West Oakland by creating organic, sustainable, high-yield urban farms and back-yard gardens.

Berkeley Community Gardens
Information page listing urban community garden projects in Berkeley and related educational projects.

Berkeley Ecology Center
Promotes environmentally and socially responsible practices through programs that educate, demonstrate, and provide direct services. Links to other sponsored projects in the area, including Berkeley Farmers Markets.

Center for Ecoliteracy
Center dedicated to education for sustainable living, including the Rethinking School Lunch Program.

Green Business

Green Business web site, with great links, book reviews, etc. Based in Oakland, serves national audience.

Green Business Certification Program
Green Business Certification Program including Alameda County

Teleosis Institute
The Teleosis Institute is an education not-for-profit organization devoted to Green Health Care. They offer information and training programs aimed at linking good health to environmental concerns.

Sustainable Business
A membership organization comprised of companies who are committed to greater sustainability in their business policies and practices. Local to the East Bay.

Bay Area Council
The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization advocating for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives in the Bay Area.

Green Building

U.S. Green Building Council
A community of leaders working to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. They envision an environmentally responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

LEED Green Building Rating System
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Build It Green
Provides information and referrals regarding green building and design

Oakland Public Works Agency
Link to the City of Oakland’s Green Building Classes


Computer Recycling for Alameda County
Alameda County Computer Resource Center refurbishes old computers and donates them to low-income people locally and globally.

Recycling Market Development Zone
Recycling program that combines recycling with economic development to fuel new businesses, create jobs, and divert waste from landfills. Zone covers portions of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland.

Saint Vincent de Paul

Recycling of old clothes, furniture, etc.

Salvation Army
Recycling of old clothes, furniture, etc.

Goodwill Industries
Goodwill Stores are a great place to recycle old clothes, electronics, furniture, toys, etc. Goodwill runs its stores through a community workforce development program.

Out of the Closet
This thrift store chain generates funding for HIV/AIDS programs and services and offers HIV testing at many store locations.


Community Energy Services Corporation
A non profit on contract through PG&E to provide energy assessments, “smart lights” assistance, etc. to both small businesses and residents in Berkeley, Oakland, and Albany.

Go Solar (State of CA program)
State of California solar web site with calculators, rebate info, lots of great stuff.

California Energy Commission
State’s commission on energy use and conservation, with links to special programs as Low Carbon Fuel Standards and Go Solar California!

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
Information page on Local Government Commision page about Community Choice Aggregation, an alternative electrical supply plan that the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville are currently exploring.

Solar Energy Industries Association
Information on Federal Tax credit and energy rebates on using solar power.

Natural Resources

The Conservation Foundation
Established in 1972 by business and community leaders, The Conservation Foundation is a not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization.

Greenbelt Alliance
The Bay Area’s land conservation and urban planning non-profit, committed to protecting the area’s greenbelt and improving the livability of its cities and towns.

Save the Bay
Membership organization committed to protecting, restoring, and celebrating the San Francisco Bay. Leads campaigns to increase public access to the Bay and decrease harmful urban sprawl and pollution.

KyotoUSA is an all volunteer, grassroots organization that encourages U.S. cities and their residents to reduce the global warming greenhouse gas emissions for which they are responsible.

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (SFBCDC)
State agency committed to preserving long-term use of the Bay and regulating development in and around the Bay.

Spare the Air
Program aimed at educating residents about the effects of air pollution and encouraging them to take action to improve air quality in the Bay Area.

Bay Area Urban Forest Ecosystem Council
Organization comprised of local government agencies, private organizations, non-profits, and individuals that meet quarterly to network, share information, and discuss projects that will improve and expand the urban and community forests in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area.

Urban Permaculture Guild
Local organization working on permaculture projects and urban sustainability.

Friends of the Urban Forest
Provides financial, technical and practical assistance to residents of San Francisco for tree planting, tree care, community involvement and youth education.

California State Parks Eastshore Park
Info about Eastshore State Park, 8.5 miles of shoreline that includes Albany.

SF Bay Area City Initiatives

City of Oakland:
Oakland’s Green Food Packaging Ordinance, which requires businesses to start using compostable / biodegradable disposable containers.
Information page on Oakland’s signing of the Chicago Climate Change, the nation’s first voluntary but legally binding system to reduce greenhouse gases.

City of Berkeley: 30%20Item%2016%20BATES%20Measure%20G%20Implementation.pdf
Link to Measure G Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiative Implementation. Measure G sets an 80% reduction in Berkeley’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Berkeley Climate Action Plan
Sustainable Berkeley is a non-profit organization providing outreach and assistance through a community-based approach.

City of El Cerrito:
Link to the City of El Cerrito’s Environmental Stewardship and sustainability efforts

City of Richmond:
Link to the city of Richmond’s sustainability efforts
San Francisco Sustainable City Plan—an outline of 5-year Sustainability Plan for the City of San Francisco.
State of CA Climate Change Portal—web pages for research, policy, and legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce climate change throughout California.

Photo Credits

Erin Robinson: Farm to Fork Tours, Green Corridor
Marissa LaMagna: various
Giles Mingasson: various
Emmet Brady: various
Lana Husser: tour group photo with bus (slideshow)
Pedal Express: bike towing mattress (slideshow)
Zoey Burrows: Green For All (solar installation photos)


Created by Janet and Alana Smith-Heimer of Bay Area Economics,
Edited 6/23/10 by Marissa LaMagna of Bay Area Green Tours