sustainability

GreenFinanceSF launches its services this week, helping San Francisco homeowners pay for retrofits to their homes that save energy and money.  This city backed program allows these homeowners to borrow money to make improvements, and repay the city from the savings on their energy and water bills.  These loans are attached to the property and repaid through property tax bills.  This is really a no-brainer, a very effective model for encouraging home owners to take action and make...

 
In the last few years, there have been several proposals to use lots throughout the city of San Francisco that are slated for development as interim green spaces.  The idea behind this is that using land for temporary parks or public spaces while development is stalled (happening frequently in this economy) is better for the community than having a chain link fence marking off the boundaries of a lot.
I was very excited to see that the former freeway entrance bordered by Laguna, Fell and...

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted yesterday in favor of legislation designed to protect tenants from being evicted in case a property owner loses the property through foreclosure.  The intent makes sense--why should a tenant face huge disruption to their lives because of the mis-fortune of their landlord?  Unfortunately, the design of this legislation, in effect, creates an extension to the housing units that will be included in San Francisco's stringent rent control ordinance....

A recent study by the Urban Land Institute, with the great title of "Bay Area Burden: Examining the costs and impacts of housing and transportation on Bay Area residents, their neighborhoods and their environments" (I'm wondering, can I use a URL shortener on this?) demonstrates that living close to jobs and errands reap benefits in terms of cost savings, which mostly relate to availability of public transportation in the city (and therefore reduced transportation costs), shorter commutes,...

I just read an incredible article in Business Week, about a couple who decided in 2006 to spend a year living in the middle of New York City without making any negative environmental impact.  They lived on the ninth floor in their one bedroom apartment with a todler and used no electricity, no transportation, no coffee, no cell phone and made no purchases of anything other than locally grown food.  They continued this experiment for a year.  The result?  They cut their expenses in half, and...

More people are farming in urban areas, a recent article in the New York Times reports about roof top gardening in cities throughout the country.  I have been fascinated in recent years about the boom in urban gardening.  I was looking for an article that I wrote a few years ago about urban gardening in SF (I think it made it's debut in an older print version of my newsletter).  At the time, there were two companies that were helping homeowners garden in their backyard.  Both companies...

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