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Tips for Green Moving

Moving is extremely stressful but also hard on the environment. From disposable packing materials, to number of cardboard boxes used to move, to the gas-guzzling moving trucks. Thankfully there are steps you can take to help minimize your overall environmental footprint on your next home or office move.

Choose the right materials.
When it comes to green moving, choosing the right materials is essential. You want to choose earth-friendly materials, but that doesn’t mean you want to compromise on durability and dependability. Fortunately, there are a number of cost-effective ways to safely transport your household items while minimizing your environmental footprint.
• Not only does old newspaper work quite well for most items, but it’ll save you money because you can avoid paying for costly packing materials that you don’t need. If you do have to purchase packing paper, make sure you choose a product that is already made of recycled paper.
• For some breakable items, basic newspaper won’t do, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for bubble wrap that will take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill! Look for environmentally-friendly packing materials like Geami wrap that is not only 100% recyclable, but is also biodegradable and compostable.
• Think outside the cardboard box when it comes to packing materials. There are a lot more options out there than newspaper and bubble wrap. Blankets and towels also make great packing materials, especially for breakable items.
• Avoid cardboard moving boxes altogether. Don’t spend time and money on cardboard boxes when there’s a more convenient and ecological option. Products like the reusable moving boxes from Brute Box Moving avoid the cardboard mess entirely be delivering reusable plastic moving boxes that are 100% recyclable.
Recycle items and get rid of stuff you don’t need.
Recycling items when you move is extremely important, but you should also consider the items that you’ll be taking with you. There are many ways you can recycle throughout your move, while getting rid stuff that you don’t need at the same time.
• Instead of using more packing materials and boxes in order to pack things you don’t want anyway, consider donating them. In most cases, the donation is tax deductible, so you can feel good about doing something wonderful for the environment, all the while helping those in need.
• Moving isn’t cheap. If you’re looking to fund your big move, consider selling your stuff. Websites like craigslist.com make it easy to connect with potential buyers. If you have particularly valuable items, you can contact an auction house. You can even consider opening up a booth in a local flea market. If all of that fails, you can always have a good old-fashioned garage sale!
• After you’re all moved in, make sure you recycle as many of your moving items as you can. If you did use cardboard boxes, take them to a recycling facility. Put paper and plastic into your recycling bin. You can also ask friends, family members, and coworkers if they would like to use your items for their next move.
When all is said and done, if you spend a little extra time at the beginning of your move, you’ll learn that green moving isn’t hard. Not only will you be helping to protect our precious natural resources, but you’re also likely to save time and money in the long run.

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Exciting news about greywater systems in San Francisco!

greywaterThere is a new greywater resource available from the San Francisco Public Utility Commission!


The San Francisco Graywater Design Manual is available to be downloaded here:
http://sfwater.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=55

In it are step-by-step instructions for building a laundry to landscape system and general info on other systems, irrigation with greywater, sample operation and maintenance manuals, and more! This manual is in draft form, so please read and use it and submit your comments so it can be improved upon.

You can also apply to be part of a laundry to landscape pilot study and receive free training and parts to build your system if you live in San Francisco, see the website listed above for details.

There is also a great article and video out in Metropolis Mag by some journalism students who did a workshop with Greywater Action.

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SF Urban Orchards Program

The San Francisco Urban Orchard Program is accepting applications for the Great January Fruit Tree program! SF Environment is working with Friends of the Urban Forest to plant 200 fruit trees in January 2013. The trees will be planted at twenty locations throughout the city, targeting school and community gardens as well as other publicly accessible private spaces.


Friends of the Urban Forest and their tree stewards will help identify and prepare planting locations within their gardens, assist with tree selection, and provide care to trees until they’re established. Tree stewards will take on day-to-day tree care, such as ensuring the tree is watered and enjoying and sharing the fruit.

To become a tree steward and have fruit trees planted in your garden, contactdouglybeck@fuf.net for more information and to be placed on the outreach list.

Repost from http://sfenvironment.org/news/update/san-franciscos-urban-orchards-program

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Garden for the Environment May Classes!!

Garden for the Environment will offer the following classes in May of 2013.  All classes will be offered at Garden for the Environment, San Francisco’s organic demonstration garden at 7th and Lawton Street.  Since our founding in 1990, the garden has operated as a demonstration site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening, compost education and low water-use landscaping.


UPCOMING ORGANIC GARDENING AND COMPOSTING WORKSHOPS

CITY CHICKENS! AND DUCKS TOO!
Date:  Saturday, April 27, 2013 Time:  10AM – 12 NOON
Location:  Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco Cost:  $25/$15 for members
Begin your morning by harvesting fresh eggs from your own urban back yard! You can keep chickens and ducks in San Francisco! Join Paul Glowaski, Co-Founder of Urban Eggs & Farmer at Dinner Bell Farm, for an exciting workshop on organic “eggriculture”. Whether you dream of just a few chickens, or dozens, you will learn all you need to know to keep even your chickens (or ducks) healthy and happy in San Francisco. This class will walk you through the entire process, including: ordering chicks, organic feed for chickens and ducks, sanitation & human health considerations. This workshop is $25/$15 members, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is required.

URBAN COMPOSTING
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013 Time: 10AM – 12 NOON
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Department of the Environment
Spring can be a great time to start a new compost pile as you tidy up the leftovers of your fall leaves!  Join GFE as we discover how to turn those leftovers, either from the garden or the kitchen, into “black gold”. This fun, hands-on workshop teaches methods for both backyard and worm composting for all seeking to enrich the bounty of their garden and reduce their ecological footprint.  Come learn what you can do to improve your garden and prevent organic waste from ending up in the landfill! Rot on! This workshop is FREE!

GARDEN TOUR: NATURAL PLANT CARE
Date:  Saturday, May 4, 2013 Time:  1PM
Location:  Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost:  Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Learn how to sustain your garden naturally as we tour the GFE staff.  We’ll discuss the natural plant care techniques we use and answer your questions. This tour is FREE!


GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
Date:  Saturday, May 11, 2013 Time:  10AM – 12 NOON
Location:  Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost:  $25/$15 for members
Year-round gardening is one of our favorite things about the Bay Area and now, as we find ourselves in the heart of spring, it’s time to start thinking about our summer food production! Join us for this class which we offer every month for seasonal-specific instruction for year-round vegetable gardening.
This month we’ll cover:
– Vegetables to plant in Spring and when to harvest them
– Seasonal Spring Plant Care
– Seasonal Soil Fertility and garden bed preparation
This workshop is $25/$15 members, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information please visit http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org.


GARDEN TOUR: WATER-WISE GARDENING
Date:  Saturday, May 11, 2013 Time:  1PM
Location:  Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost:  Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Join us for an informative tour of Garden for the Environment’s climate-appropriate demonstration garden focusing on water-wise gardening techniques and plants appropriate for San Francisco’s Summer-Dry Climate. Learn how you can create a beautiful garden with plants that need little or no summer water. It’s good for the environment and for the water bill! This tour is FREE!

NATURAL PLANT CARE
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013 Time: 10AM – 12 NOON
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Sustain your garden naturally with simple and practical tips. We’ll teach you sustainable practices for controlling weeds, fertilizing, and controlling pests. This class will take you a step closer to a beautiful and bountiful non-toxic garden.
Topics covered include:
Weed control
Value of mulch
Non-toxic weed control
Moisture and weed seed germination
Growing healthy plants
Alternatives to chemical fertilizers
Natural pest management
Beneficial Insects vs. harmful Insects

URBAN BEEKEEPING 101
Date:  Saturday, June 1, 2013 Time:  10AM – 12 NOON
Cost:  $25/$15 for members
Are you interested in learning how to keep bees even though you live in an urban environment? Join GFE and local beekeeping instructor Paul Koski of the San Francisco Beekeeper Association for an introduction to urban beekeeping and learn how to manage an urban honey beehive in San Francisco. In this introductory class participants will learn about beekeeping supplies and equipment, where to get bees, and how to install them into a hive. The class will be concerned with honeybee biology, responsibilities of urban beekeepers, the importance of bees for pollination and honey production. Topics for discussion will include honeybee castes, colony seasonal dynamics, hive components and keys to success for keeping honeybees in an urban area. If weather permits, we plan to open a hive to give participants an up-close look into an active honeybee colony. This workshop is $25/$15 members, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is required.

URBAN COMPOSTING
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013 Time: 10AM – 12 NOON
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Department of the Environment
Summer can be a great time to start a new compost pile as you begin spending more time in your garden!  Join GFE as we discover how to turn those leftovers, either from the garden or the kitchen, into “black gold”. This fun, hands-on workshop teaches methods for both backyard and worm composting for all seeking to enrich the bounty of their garden and reduce their ecological footprint.  Come learn what you can do to improve your garden and prevent organic waste from ending up in the landfill! Rot on! This workshop is FREE!


The Garden for the Environment is wheelchair accessible.
http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org
(415) 558-8246
EMAIL:info@gardenfortheenvironment.org
CONTACT: Garden for the Environment, Executive Director, Blair Randall, Maggie Guerra, Programs Manager

 

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Welcome to the green world!

Here you will find information on San Francisco real estate from a realtor with an eco-twist.

I’m always looking to partner with green focused business people, so if you are one, or if you know one, please let me know.
They are displayed under resources on the links page.

Feel free to explore these pages and contact me with any questions, comments, or feedback you may have.

T: (415) 321-4237
F: (415) 202-2437

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