Category Archives: Going Green

Top 5 Greenest Cities in the U.S.

Top 5 Greenest Cities in the U.S.

It’s more important than ever that we take care of the environment—and these five cities are leading the charge. WalletHub recently compared 100 U.S. cities across 26 “green indicators,” including greenhouse gas emissions per capita, green job opportunities and smart energy policies. Here are the top five greenest cities in the U.S. (four of which are in California!):

  1. San Diego, California: Eating local is one of the best ways to go green, and this beachy city has the fourth-highest number of farmer’s markets per capita. Its number-one status is also due in part to its excellent recycling program and high percentage of commuters who walk or bike to work.
  2. San Francisco, California: Locavores take note: this tech hub has the highest number of farmer’s markets per capita. It also has the second-highest percentage of bike commuters. Not into cycling? Get around on S.F.’s zero-emissions bus and light rail systems.
  3. Washington, D.C.: The nation’s capital makes the list in part because it comes in third for lowest percentage of commuters who drive to work. It also boasts more than 250,000 acres of public parkland, which are easily accessible by subway and bus.
  4. Irvine, California: Irvine has paved the way in terms of environmentally friendly construction policies. The city was an early adopter of the California Green Building Standards Code and instituted one of the first green building programs in the nation.
  5. San Jose, California: San Jose is notable for its Green Vision, a 15-year sustainability plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spur economic growth.

If you’re in the Santa Rosa area and are interested in green energy solutions for your home or business, contact Rick’s Energy Solutions today at 707-578-5380. We’re among California’s top green building consultants, and are proud of our national reputation for energy conservation. Let us help you go green.

How to Keep Your Home Eco-Friendly

How to Keep Your Home Eco-Friendly

With the change in climate and the world leaning towards clean and sustainable energy, home owners ask the question, “How can I help make the environment clean in my own home?” There are several ways you can alter your home and day-to-day activities to help the environment. Day-to-Day Improvements Recycling can be very redundant to… Continue Reading

Thinking Green: Rebuilding California Homes Affected by Wildfires

Calling the wildfires that devastated the state of California “catastrophic” would be a hefty understatement. In 2018, there were more than 8,500 wildfires in California that affected almost 2 million acres of land. Most notably, the Camp Fire that took place in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire that took place in Southern California had… Continue Reading

The Update on California’s Goal of 100 Percent Clean Energy

At Rick’s Energy Solutions, we’re proud to live in a state that’s on the cutting edge of clean energy in America. It seems like each week, California hits the headlines with another major advancement in the green economy, whether it’s for automobiles, buildings, or residents. And we’re always excited to see what’s next. 100 percent… Continue Reading

Green Buildings are Improving the Health and Productivity of Employees

Green buildings are effective at reducing energy, and, therefore, cutting costs. They lie at the cutting edge of architecture, representing sustainability for years to come. Plus, they’re great for property value. There is however, something more important than the building itself—the people! Studies have shown that any buildings taking a green initiative are guaranteed to… Continue Reading

Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

Though you may be aware of the climate change occurring, you may not really understand how you’re helping it grow—and not in a good way. It starts with the impact we as humans are leaving on the earth; our carbon footprint. Carbon footprints explained This term refers to the amount of greenhouse gases that are… Continue Reading