I’ve been busy with several different projects this summer and feel like I haven’t gotten out and about much, but my friends have been travelling and projecting like mad and they’ve managed to incorporate green ideas and sustainability into their summer in creative ways. I was so impressed, I thought I should share the ideas with you:
1. Take the train to Tahoe (or beyond): Amtrak has great trips and routes, including service from the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe – The Amtrak California Zephyr Eastbound trains leave Emeryville (with bus connections from various San Francisco locations) at 8:05 every morning. The train leaves Sacramento at 10:04 am and arrives in Truckee at 1:33 pm. and Reno at 3:06pm. There are also trips on the coast, up and down the Capitol Corridor and through the San Joaquin valley.
3. Repaint a room with eco-friendly paint. Nearly all major brands have a low-VOC or eco-friendly line, I’m a big fan of shopping at locally-owned stores, so I recommend your local ACE or small hardware or paint store.
4. Take a local hike – I prefer to call these long walks, it makes hiking seem so friendly and effortless – and a picnic (organic and from locally sourced farms) instead of driving somewhere and eating out.
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