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San Francisco’s New Sustainable Civic Center
Posted By Jorge Chapa On September 29, 2008 @ 12:30 pm In Architecture,San Francisco,Sustainable Building | 3 Comments
For the past several years, the city of San Francisco has made strident efforts push forward  and transform itself  into the greenest city in the United States. Taking this goal one step further, Mayor Gavin Newsom recently announced an incredible plan to transform the city’s Civic Center  into a sustainable resource district”. San Francisco’s renewed green heart will feature solar panels, wind turbines, and living roofs, reducing the city’s carbon footprint by 2,225 tons – the equivalent of 1,286 San Francisco households!
It has been said that the green economy is the next big thing, and San Francisco’s new Civic Center  will meet the need for greener developments  by employing a host of sustainable strategies. Wind turbines  and solar panels  will reduce the district’s energy consumption by 33%, and water efficient fixtures, and a water reclamation program will reduce potable water usage by 80% and wastewater discharge by 45%.
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the project at the Clinton Climate Initiative , stating that:
“San Francisco’s Civic Center sits at the core of one of the most visited cities in the world. What better way to educate the world on sustainability than by transforming that core to showcase how we can use water more efficiently, promote food security, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. San Francisco has always been a leader – willing to think differently and act boldly. And now, our Civic Center will stand as a global model for how we achieve a more sustainable future.”
The plan will begin to be implemented at the end of October, starting with a large planning exercise that will include experts and community groups. Once the planning process has been completed, expect the first of the initiatives to be deployed by the end of next year.
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Via Huffington Post 
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 push forward: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/28/san-francisco-transbay-transit-center/
 transform itself: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/09/san-francisco-announces-10-million-gallon-biodiesel-plant/
 Civic Center: http://www.sfgov.org/site/mayor_index.asp?id=89398
 Civic Center: http://www.sfgov.org/site/cityhall_index.asp
 greener developments: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/21/australias-most-sustainable-development-by-foster-nouvel/
 Wind turbines: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/03/energy-ball-by-home-energy/
 solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/06/10/solar-panel-roof-tiles/
 Clinton Climate Initiative: http://www.clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-climate-initiative
 Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gavin-newsom/a-sustainable-vision-for_b_129093.html
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