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San Francisco Passes Mandatory Solar Ordinance For New Buildings

A new mandatory solar power ordinance in San Francisco makes for some very good renewable energy, and energy efficiency, news. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed the Better Roofs regulation to “fight climate change and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.” As reported by treehugger, the move, which requires new buildings to go from solar-ready […]

April 22nd

New James Corner Park For San Francisco

San Francisco has chosen James Corner Field Operations to design a new park along the waterfront between the city’s Marina District and the entrance to the former Army base known as The Presidio. It is one of the most scenic locations in all of the United States, overlooking San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden […]

December 16th

New Urbanism: America’s 10 Most Walkable Cities

Rather than drive, think about walking more. A number of advocate groups celebrate a newfound urbanism developing throughout popular US cities. The following cities usher in a new-defined sense of urban living, enticing inhabitants to walk about more often.

February 8th

CREE Buildings Sustainable Tall Wood Building System Arrives in U.S.

Known as the LifeCycle Tower (LCT) system, CREE’s innovation is a slab and post wood design method that requires up to 50 percent shorter construction time compared to reinforced concrete and steel construction. The LCT system also requires 39 percent fewer resources, over the life of a building and takes advantage of engineered timber products.

October 31st

San Francisco’s HOPE SF Renovates Libraries and Public Buildings in 10-Year Plan with Solar Technologies

Currently, as part of HOPE SF, the Bayview/Hunters Point Revitalization Program is underway. It began more than a decade ago with a ten-year plan devised between San Francisco’s Public Library and the Department of Public Works. It is a multi-million dollar plan to renovate every branch of the library in the city and is called the Branch Library Improvement Program.

October 4th

Greener, Greater Buildings in NYC

New York City has received the inaugural World Green Building Council’s Government Leadership Award in “Industry Transformation” for its “Greener, Greater Buildings Plan” on building energy efficiency. The program targets the largest buildings that generate 45 percent of all citywide carbon emissions. When all is said and done, the program is expected to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent and provide substantial savings on energy expenditures.

January 7th

BuildingRating.org Launches Today

Today the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) jointly announced the launch of BuildingRating.org, the world’s first resource concerning energy performance rating and disclosure policies for homes and commercial buildings.

March 9th

West Coast Green 2009 Comes Back to San Francisco

It’s good to have West Coast Green back in SF. Not that San Jose didn’t play a fine host to last years bigger conference but the show lacked something last year, call it a vibe, or energy but something didn’t gel. So, this year’s scaled down but energetic and education West Coast Green found itself […]

October 5th

Green and Greenwashing at PCBC 2009

It wasn’t exactly a quite hush that settled over the San Francisco’s Moscone Center for the 50th PCBC convention but the crowds and exhibitors for this annual builders convention came in about one-half of last year. Nonetheless, in this era of minimalism and slimming down the show offered an array of notable speakers and some […]

June 19th

First LEED Certified MedSpa

Relaxation! Fashion! Celebrity! Botox! Booze! Interiors! Green! Yes, most of this list refers to the Brit series Ab Fab but if Eddy and Patsy turned in their smokes and cocktails for organic and sustainable munchies then they too would be excited for the opening of the Epi Center MedSpa, the first LEED certified MedSpa in […]

May 2nd