Austin was the first city in America to go green and embrace the U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. There were deep roots and much support for sustainable products before the USGBC released the third-party benchmark rating system.The Austin Community Gardens were founded as part of a YWCA project in 1975. Twelve years later, Austin Community Gardens became an independent non-profit organization. In 1993 the Sustainable Food Center (SFC) was founded and one year later the National Center for Appropriate Technology presented SFC its prestigious award for the Significant Achievement in the Field of Sustainable Agriculture.Ever since, the Sustainable Food Center has been doing it right and has become a pillar of a new sustainable environment and healthy food improvements. In 1997 and 1998, the SFC received the Certificate of Environmental Achievement from the National Awards for Environmental Sustainability Council.The SFC’s list of sustainable accomplishments is lengthy. More recently, SFC received designation as the “Best Place to Buy Fresh Fruits and Vegetables” by the Austin American Statesman and in 2008 the Austin Farmers Market was voted the Best Reason To Go Green by 10Best.com.SFC creates opportunities for people to make healthy food choices. By bringing children and adults together with organic food gardening, working with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, persons of all income levels have access to locally grown, healthy food that prolongs life and helps the environment.The Sustainable Food Center has uncovered a new environmental consciousness and has expanded that culture into many sustainable efforts. On May 4th, the City of Austin held a special meeting entitled the Austin – Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board.The SFC arranged for author of Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in The Land of Plenty to speak. Mark is a recognized leader in the economics of healthy food as sustainable products emerge in local and regional agriculture.The people of Austin have fared well with their green commitment. The city is vibrant, growing and healthy. What more could you ask for?