• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Green Purchasing

Recycled glass counter top

A close-up photo of the recycled glass counters in the Beach Hut Cafe at Crissy Field.

NPS Photo

The purchase of products and services designed to reduce impacts on human health and the environment is known as green purchasing. These environmentally preferred products can be biodegradable, recyclable, highly efficient, or include recycled materials, use renewable energy, and more.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area has a Green Purchasing Policy to implement these beneficial purchasing practices. While it seems simple, green purchasing has the ability to positively influence local and global environmental challenges. Products that contain naturally derived ingredients instead of chemicals can help reduce the use of damaging chemicals. Products made with recycled materials can provide a market for goods diverted from landfills and decrease the use of virgin materials. Overall, green purchasing supports the National Park Service's mission to preserve the natural and cultural resources of the parks.

Help Golden Gate's efforts and learn how you can increase your green purchasing from our sustainability resources page.

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Did You Know?

Photo of Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis).

Alcatraz Island is the site of a large colony of Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis), the gull species that inhabits the Oregon and California coast. Individuals mate for life and come together each year on Alcatraz to defend their historic territory and raise three chicks.