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Taking a tour of San Francisco's green offerings

12 Sep 2013 10:30 AM
Taking a tour of San Francisco's green offerings

While many metropolitan areas across California have replaced wasteful and ineffective operations with environmentally friendly alternatives, San Francisco was the site where many of those concepts were first conceived and adopted. Accordingly, a trip through the city affords sights of solar panels, personal windmills, rooftop gardens and sustainable practices. And, not only are these features improving the lives of urbanites, they are enhancing the area's overall appearance as well.

If you currently own San Francisco real estate, and are planning a property acquisition or looking to enjoy an extended tour, you may want to consider visiting these green restaurants and eco-conscious businesses - which Travel+Leisure Magazine highlighted - next time you're in the City by the Bay.

Restaurants
Range - This established eatery boasts a menu filled with contemporary Californian and American cuisine, created with fresh, locally-produced ingredients. Executive chef Phil West, his wife Cameron and bar manager Jeff Lyons tailor the restaurant's offerings based on what items are in season and what area farms are able to deliver. Located in the popular Mission District, Range has been impressing patrons since 2005.

Greens - As one of the nation's first vegetarian restaurants, this eatery opened its doors in 1979 and has served a steady stream of gourmands and health food enthusiasts ever since. Located within a repurposed warehouse in Fort Mason, this waterfront establishment affords diners views of the Golden Gate Bridge. From its kitchen, chef Annie Somerville routinely turns out organic culinary creations crafted with local produce, and a farmers market is held nearby every Sunday.

Businesses
SF Recycling & Disposal - While this company handles much of the city's waste removal, a visit to its headquarters during its monthly tour or quarterly exhibition will afford you views of artwork constructed from discarded items. The sculpture garden is curated by an artist-in-residence, and a celebration is held each year on the eve before its annual art show. Here, zero waste is possible, and achieved daily.

California Academy of Sciences - Not only is this museum in Golden Gate Park located in a 150-year-old building, its sustainable architecture sets it apart from many other structures. Its roof is covered by native vegetation, which provides insulation and prevents excessive runoff. Additionally, the all-digital planetarium - which is the biggest of its kind - is hidden beneath the largest of seven hills which comprise the roof's landscape.