Friends of ours just moved to San Antonio, which gave me the idea to check them out for their green-ness. Having visited there as a teenager, while visiting family friends in Austin, I have a fond recollection. Everyone knows it for its river walk and champion NBA team, the Spurs. But what would a green family do, should they go to live or even visit?
For starters, they have a Whole Foods (always a plus!). Sustainlane.com had some other points to make about San Antonio:
* San Antonio currently has no USDA certified farmer’s market. (Local food isn’t quite San Antonio’s strong suit)
* Water use is superb! The city relies on groundwater from the Edwards Aquifer, which is replenished by rainwater. Although the city had only six inches of rain in 2007, it never went into emergency conservation mode.
* While San Antonio ranks number one in housing affordability, there is no policy to control urban sprawl.
* In SustainLane’s 2006 survey, green building was the city’s lowest scoring area. The good news is that it has since adopted a green building resolution mandating that all new city facilities achieve LEED silver status.
If you’re interested in seeing about the viability, here is a link for some San Antonio Jobs
I had no idea, before researching, that San Antonio is the 2nd largest city in Texas and 7th largest city in the United States!
So there you have it! If my friends can report back about the sudden growth in farmer’s markets, I’ll be sure to pass it along!