Bay Area Green Tours 501 (c) 3 serves as a conduit to solutions for a more sustainable future and a bridge from the past to all new possibilities.The fundamental idea of Bay Area Green Tours arose from a fourth grade field trip to a waste water treatment plant in New York City which our Founding Executive Director, Marissa LaMagna, attended. She couldn’t help but wonder: “Where does all the waste go”?

Ever since Marissa has been an ambitious environmentalist trying to make the proactive changes we need to ensure the health and well being of our shared planet and future generations. In 2008, Marissa began a project of The San Francisco Green Festival, named Bay Area Green Tours which has grown by now into an educational organization showcasing local green models focused on creating a positive and sustainable future.

We provide educational tours and events that demonstrate the sustainable economy in action, inspire support of local green businesses, and empower people to incorporate environmental responsibility and social justice into their personal and professional lives.

Our Tours Topics include:
Green Business/Economy, Food & Agriculture, Solutions & Resources for the Future as well as diverse Locations.


“Bay Area Green Tours rock!” – Van Jones
We love to guide our tour participants through the nation’s environmental epicenter, inspire them to see how each and everyone of us can actually make a difference. One can experience real life panoramas of innovative green-certified businesses, people and organizations. At Bay Area Green Tours we are committed to focusing on positive models of change.
At Bay Area Green Tours our mission is to turn our attention to positive solutions that bring to light amazing projects and people that are illuminating a path forward with innovation, passion and solutions.


What I’ve seen today is the ability of small business owners to bring their personal values and their sustainable values to bear on the community and the marketplace.  Coming from a corporate background, this is refreshing to see.”

Amy Barr- Former consultant to the financial banking industry:

I learned a lot of things that I can apply to my business . . . The whole Green Tour was very inspiring and the level of commitment of the people running the businesses and organizations is very impressive.  It’s nice to see the ideas in practice.”

Robert Akiyama – Berkeley-based architect