Join our Webcast With Mayor Gavin Newsom Next Wednesday at 12pm PST!

by , 10/23/09

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CALLING ALL SAN FRANCISCANS & those of you who want to green your cities!

We’re interviewing San Francisco mayor GAVIN NEWSOM next Wednesday the 28th at 12pm PST, and we’re inviting YOU to join us next for this live webcast conversation with the country’s greenest mayor! Join us to find out more about groundbreaking energy projects, mandatory composting, and how San Francisco got to be the greenest city in the U.S!


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As cities around the globe strive to become more sustainable, Mayor Newsom has led the charge in San Francisco towards cutting-edge transportation projects, groundbreaking initiatives in waste reduction, such as mandatory composting, and major advances in alternative energy. He’s also a forerunner in the race to be California’s next governor, which makes this a CAN’T MISS opportunity to talk with him about the future of the golden state! We’ll be interviewing Mayor Gavin Newsom next Wednesday at 12pm PST about all of these exciting projects and we want you to participate in the conversation, so sign up today!

We’ll be compiling a list of reader questions to ask Gavin, so if you have any queries about the policies, projects, and initiatives that stand to shape the sustainability of our cities, please submit them to us in the comments below, as soon as possible!


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  1. cmerritt October 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I would like to know what your plans are for insect control? The Entomology Department at UC-Berkeley had a wonderful program working with cities. In fact they saved the city of Berkeley $20, 000 the first year utilizing integrated pest management and biological control. That was awhile ago when the Entomology Dept was No 1 in the country, but since then it was disbanded for political reasons. Is there anything like it in existence today?

  2. eug October 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    when are we getting city wide wi fi? I admire your efforts, and am anguished by the opposition slowing the process. Singapore is more wired than S.F! We are the Silicon Valley!!!

  3. greenmacgal October 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I think it was a wonderful decision for San Francisco to require an energy audit before solar panels are installed for the San Francisco rebates, but shouldn’t these energy audits be empirical energy audits where electricity is monitored for a week at a circuit breaker level to identify when and where electricity is actually used rather than relying on a guy with a clip board who has no understanding of actual energy utilization patterns?

  4. hudsonwrx October 28, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I’d like to know when we could move toward a 100% renewable energy city, at least in terms of infrastructure, public transit, etc. Are there any large scale solar projects in the works? When could we realistically expect to reach this goal? Does the Mayor see it as a possible goal?

  5. jahannemann October 28, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Good Morning Mayor.

    This online question and answer forum is great! Nice job.

    A question from a smaller city located in the Midwest: Madison, WI.

    How do you and the city of San Francisco promote environmental friendly certified urban and rural land development projects? In the soon future, do you see the state of California pushing builders and developers to adopt certified green standards and guidelines? Will this ever become mainstream and mandatory?

    Thank you for your time.

    -JED from Wisconsin

  6. Lndscpurbnsm October 28, 2009 at 11:09 am

    My question to Mayor Newsom (similar to eekostudio’s) would be what is being done (or could be done) to facilitate communication and engagement with not only his own city as it greens during and after the initiatives are in place, but other cities as far as best practices, lessons learned, and problems resolved/created. What are his thoughts on making San Francisco an active, progressive and dedicated model for other cities to look to for a greener, wiser form of urbanism (not simply copy from).

  7. Jill Fehrenbacher October 27, 2009 at 11:06 pm


    This is a good question, but your facts are not accurate in this statistic that you quote. It is the CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND DEMOLITION of buildings accounts for 48% of the US greenhouse gases – not the demolition of buildings alone.


  8. SF_LA October 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    The demolition of buildings account for 48% of the US Greenhouse gas emissions. Historic buildings can go green and maintain their historic qualities, and existing buildings are embodied energy and should not just be thrown away into a landfill. What steps will you take as mayor or governor to save San Francisco’s architectural heritage and at the same time help the environmental movement in green architecture?

  9. ChristianAce October 27, 2009 at 2:14 am

    I would like to know if Gavin would work to implement projects such as mandatory recycling and composting that has been recently implemented in SF to the other cities to even further divert the amount of waste going to landfills?

    I am a student in AZ and I wish we had as strong of leaders here stepping up and making these policies, but I don’t think the people are ready to embrace those ideas like SF has. GOOD JOB GUYS!

  10. eekostudio October 27, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Hello Mayor Newsom! Why do you think other cities are so slow to make the changes you have already implemented in your city. For instance, mandatory composting. And what can we do to get our cities/states on board with city-wide composting and similar green initiatives? Thank you!

  11. geofree October 26, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Question for Mayor Newsom:

    Would you support fast tracking TIC’s to becoming condos if they convert to “green” buildings? Obviously “green” would need to be defined, but this seems like a win/win/win across the board.

    * TIC’s already in the condo lottery could convert sooner
    * SF would have more green housing
    * Renovations to “green” standards would support more contractors, architects, and the building industry
    * And you would look like a hero :)

  12. mattymatt October 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    On a citywide level, Gavin’s administration has raided transit funds, leaving Muni with giant budget gaps. On a statwide level, Arnold’s administration has done the same thing, even after the State Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal. If elected governor, would Gavin continue the practice of taking money away from transit?

    I am also interested in hearing Gavin’s response to Mysterhie’s question about the parking meter hours. The study shows that strategically raising rates will improve the availability of parking spaces without harming businesses; does Gavin believe that those findings are accurate?

  13. genequisisem October 24, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Earlier this year, Sonoma County was first to implement California’s AB811 energy efficiency and renewable energy financing program. It was launched with 100 million dollars to start. The program, which allows commercial and residential property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable projects through the property tax system, has been very successful and is being franchised across the country. Where does the County of San Francisco stand on making such a program available?

  14. IC4003e6 October 23, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    What are your views about high-speed rail throughout California and especially into the San Francisco area?

    Do you support additional Amtrak service? What about additional service along the coast? How about frequent Amtrak service from Los Angeles to San Jose and then continuing into San Francisco rather than routing into the Oakland area. I am talking about now — not the high-speed rail program.

    What progress is being made to have more streetcar (light rail) routes in SF. Are there any plans to substantially
    increase trolley bus routes in the city?

    Do you favor streetcars (light rail) in all the larger California cities?

  15. mysterhie October 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Question for Mayor Newsom: Transportation advocates in San Francisco are calling for extended parking meter hours as a means of encouraging private auto drivers to switch to alternate modes of transportation – and increasing city revenues during tough economic times. Will you support this policy?

  16. mattgar October 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I would like to know about what the city is planning on doing about creating more softscape to deal with the flooding of San Francisco after storms. This flooding then overflows the combined sewer system sending waste into the Bay. What is being done to address this kind of city-caused pollution?

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