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Gut Check West: 3 Reasons Why California Is Still Cool

Growing up in the industrial Midwest, “California Dreaming” was more than just a song. It was an homage to someplace totally “other” – a shining state on the Pacific, full of light and beauty and forward-looking promise. When it came on the radio everyone immediately forgot what they were doing […]

Tons of Trash: Tour America’s Top 10 Biggest Landfills

Beyond the smell and decay, landfills are considered modern archeology sites, collections of discarded items that give clues to the lifestyles of those who used them. In fact, Harvard-trained archeologist Bill Rathje recently told the LA Times, “The best time capsule in the world is a landfill.” But that time […]

Cinco de Mayo: More Nachos than Nostalgia

We’re celebrating what? Leslie and Steven Ticktin are gearing up for their annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta in San Francisco, ordering the taco truck and buying the beer and tequila to entertain their social circle – parents clad in peasant shirts  and sombreros and munching on cheesy nachos as they […]

Foodspotting Friday: Top Veggie Friendly Dishes in Long Beach

Top five delicious and vegetarian friendly dishes in Long Beach, California. Earlier this summer we ran a contest to find your favorite locavore picks. Reader Annabel Adams sent us her top five from Long Beach, California, and we couldn’t stop drooling over the vegan friendly list, so much so, that […]

Places & Spaces: Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco

The Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco is a wallet-friendly city-center green retreat. When you’re travelling on business, how green are the places where you choose to stay? The Orchard Garden Hotel is slap-bang in the heart of Frisco, near Union Square, so you’ve got no excuse for not taking […]

Places & Spaces: Bardessono, Yountville, California

A premier example of eco-chic, Bardessono is one of only two U.S. hotels that are LEED Platinum certified. Imagine going away on vacation without leaving the faintest trace? This is not a plot point for an episode of CSI, in which, should the aforementioned happen would make for the most unpleasant […]

Places & Spaces: The Hotel Triton, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Hotel Triton has been a pioneer in eco lodging since the early 1990s. Kimpton Hotels have been leaders in the industry when it comes to eco-friendly accommodations. The company’s Hotel Triton in downtown San Francisco is no different and actually started it all with an “eco-floor” back in the […]

Tons of Trash: Tour America’s Largest Landfills

Beyond the smell and decay, landfills are considered modern archeology sites, collections of discarded items that give clues to the lifestyles of those who used them. In fact, Harvard-trained archeologist Bill Rathje recently told the LA Times, “The best time capsule in the world is a landfill.” But that time […]

Health Care Reform – For Our Pets?

California’s Democratic state Assemblyman Dave Jones recently introduced a health care reform bill. Nothing surprising about that, right? Health care reform is all the rage these days. But this bill targets the insurers who sell policies that cover our furry friends. According to The North American Pet Health Insurance Association, […]

Hall of Fame

Is it possible to make great California wine in an unfriendly environment? Not according to Hall St. Helena, the first winery in California to achieve Gold LEED Certification. LEED is an internationally-recognized green rating system that measures how well a building or community does in its efforts to save energy […]

EcoMeme: Optimism vs. Laziness

Are Americans optimistic about the environment, ignorant or just plain lazy? Are they fatigued from all the “green” messaging and cause marketing out there? Or are they just complacent? A recent Gallup poll has shown that “over time, Americans’ concerns about environmental problems have generally declined.” That’s hard to believe […]

Autism Clusters in California May Have Environmental Link

Researchers at U.C. Davis are trying to connect the dots leading to 10 autism clusters in California. One theory is that those parents are using certain hazardous household products, exposing their kids to dangers linked to the neuro-developmental disorder that usually surfaces by the time a child turns three. According […]

Name This Robot!

This September, The Nature Conservancy will launch the first controlled study of its kind to assess the impact of trawl fishing off California’s Central Coast-and you can be part of naming the new Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that will be gathering the data. The nominations are: Beagle -Darwin’s famous ship. […]

6 of America’s Coolest Trees

Explore a forest. Remember the Lorax who spoke for the trees? As colorful as they may be,Truffula Trees have nothing on the ones in our own backyard. These six magnificent trees would leave even the Lorax speechless — and you don’t have to venture into a Dr. Suess book to find […]

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Cell Phones and Cancer: Berkeley Wants Warning Labels

Cell phones have been worrisome for quite some time now because of fears that they cause brain cancer. As a result, Berkeley is attempting to be the first city in the nation to require cell phone packaging carry a warning label. Are cell phones and cancer a real risk? “Cell […]

Myrrhia Knitwear Sustainably Made in California

Designer Myrrhia Resneck’s Spring 2013 collection features elegant, flattering, edgy knitwear, sustainably made in California. One important part of sustainable fashion is local manufacturing, and it can still be challenging to have a fully “Made in the U.S.” fashion line. Oakland-based knitwear designer Myrrhia Resneck of Myrrhia Fine Knitwear has […]

6 of America’s Coolest Trees

Explore a forest. Remember the Lorax who spoke for the trees? As colorful as they may be,Truffula Trees have nothing on the ones in our own backyard. These six magnificent trees would leave even the Lorax speechless — and you don’t have to venture into a Dr. Suess book to find […]

Cinco de Mayo: More Nachos than Nostalgia

We’re celebrating what? Leslie and Steven Ticktin are gearing up for their annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta in San Francisco, ordering the taco truck and buying the beer and tequila to entertain their social circle – parents clad in peasant shirts  and sombreros and munching on cheesy nachos as they […]

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