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Industry Attacks San Francisco’s Styrofoam Ban

Some industry groups expressed concern over San Francisco’s newly adopted Styrofoam ban, the most extensive in the US.

Solar Mandates: As Goes California, So Goes the Building Sector?

As California goes, according to the old adage, but does it apply to solar energy mandates for new buildings? Last month San Francisco and Santa Monica approved ordinances requiring rooftop solar systems for new construction. San Francisco’s law, which applies to all new commercial and residential buildings with 10 floors … Read more »

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San Francisco Mandates Solar on New Buildings

New buildings in San Francisco will soon be required to install solar panels. The solar mandate, adopted unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors this week, makes San Francisco the first major US city to require solar on new construction, according to supervisor Scott Wiener, who introduced the ordinance. Beginning … Read more »

Water Recycling Required in San Francisco Large Buildings

Developers in San Francisco must install water recycling systems on large, new buildings in the city per an ordinance unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The vote happens as California enters its fourth year of record drought. Other cities are trying similar water reuse strategies to conserve … Read more »

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UPS, Bank of America, SC Johnson Among Climate Award Winners

Sixteen organizations including UPS, Bank of America, SC Johnson and Sprint have received EPA awards for their response to climate change and leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy … Read more »

Drug Manufacturers Responsible for Waste Management

Pharmaceutical manufacturers in San Francisco are now required to dispose of unused post-consumer medicine as the city and county of San Francisco becomes the third municipality in the US to introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation for pharmaceuticals. Alameda County, California (2012) and King County, Washington (2013) are the other … Read more »

Bay Area Lawmakers May Force Refinery Emission Cuts

San Francisco Bay Area lawmakers are moving forward with rules that would cut emissions at refineries as much as 20 percent, in a move that the industry worries may cut operational flexibility, according to SFGate. One rule proposed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District board last week would … Read more »

SWCA Environmental Acquires Turnstone Consulting

SWCA Environmental Consultants announced Wednesday that it has acquired San Francisco-based Turnstone Consulting. Founded in 2000, Turnstone is an environmental planning firm serving clients in Northern and Central California, providing environmental planning, review, and permitting services under the California Environmental Quality Act. Turnstone principals Nancy Cunningham Clark and Barbara Sahm will … Read more »

Cities Cut GHGs Through Car Sharing

San Francisco may soon reduce its fleet of city-owned cars and instead use car-share vehicles to shrink its carbon footprint. If the city’s Board of Supervisors approves the proposal — which would require a 25 percent reduction in San Francisco’s 1,500-vehicle fleet every three years, leading to the elimination of … Read more »

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Cambridge Joins Chicago, NYC With Energy Benchmarking Requirement

Commercial, multifamily and municipal building owners in Cambridge, Mass., will be required to annually benchmark and report their properties’ energy performance in an effort to cut energy waste, lower utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance was passed unanimously by the City Council of Cambridge … Read more »

US Leader In Green Commercial Space Announced

The US city with the highest percentage of green commercial space is Minneapolis, with 77 percent of its commercial real estate space certified as green, according to a study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University. The city with the second-highest percentage of green space was San Francisco, at 67.2 percent, … Read more »

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Levi’s Jeans Insulate Historic Building

San Francisco’s 110 The Embarcadero will soon harbor 7,800 pairs of Levi’s jeans — that would otherwise end up in a landfill — within its walls, according to a Levi Strauss & Co. blog. Beyond delivering maximum thermal benefits, and reducing the amount of energy used to heat and cool … Read more »