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

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

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  • Tunnel Closure

    The Barry/Baker tunnel on Bunker Road will be closed for maintenance during the weeks of 6/2 and 6/9. The tunnel will be open on the weekends. Please use Conzelman Road instead. More »

  • Muir Beach Overlook closure

    The Muir Beach Overlook will be closed for Accessibility improvements and trail upgrades from June 2 through July 21. Alternate viewpoints are available along Highway 1 between there and Stinson Beach.

Energy Efficiency

Infrared image of heat loss from building

This infrared image identifies areas of heat loss from the park headquarters building so that measures can be taken to reduce energy consumption

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Using energy efficiently and being mindful of wasteful practices can reduce carbon footprints and save money. In fact, Golden Gate National Recreation Area used heat sensing technology to address these goals and identify areas of heat loss from its buildings in 2011. By adding insulation to park buildings, especially where heat escape was detected, reduced energy usage and saved the park money on heating costs.

A few other strategies that Golden Gate uses to decrease its carbon footprint and energy consumption include purchasing EnergyStar certified appliances that use less energy to provide the same function as traditional appliances. The park is also installing LED or compact fluorescent lighting with motion based occupancy sensors that automatically turn lights off when a room is not in use. These energy reduction steps, when coupled with renewable energy production using photovoltaic panels for example, allows the park to dramatically decrease its carbon footprint.

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Did You Know?

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Recycling and composting your household waste can reduce your carbon emissions into the atmosphere by more than one ton a year.