Our inhabitat founder and editor-in-chief, Jill Fehrenbacher, grew up in the small, sleepy Northern California town of Novato – so you can imagine how excited she was when we heard that a solar-powered eco event was coming to Novato! Jill unfortunately couldn’t make the solar-powered Novato Art & Wine Festival (as she’s busy running Inhabitat from NYC these days), but sent a certain green-building buff (yours truly) to attend and report back on the state of suburban greening! With the high-density greening of international cities and our constant focus on what’s new in design and construction, we’re curious about what’s going on in the ‘burbs, and so we took a moment to check out the 25th Annual Novato Art, Music and Wine Festival on June 13th. Pacific Gas & Electric helped sponsor this year’s event with Sustainable Waves, which amp’d up the festivities via a solar powered sound system.
Novato is situated at the base of California’s Wine Country, so of course there was much good, local organic wine to be had. We were also excited to discover Sustainable Novato, a local non-profit agency promoting green building, and true to their grass roots initiatives, we noticed they also provided valet parking for bikes.
So kudos to Novato for partnering with PG&E’s Solar Power Program to help green this community event, and let’s hope they continue to amp up their green efforts by providing a means of recycling at future festivities. It was a small disappointment that there weren’t any blue and green bins at this year’s festival, but thank you Novato for providing a taste of regional wines and a sense of environmental consciousness on the rise .
Sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric