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California Hybrids To Lose Their HOV Status Next Year

California Hybrids To Lose Their HOV Status Next Year

This probably won't come as a surprise to you but Californians weren't buying Priuses just because of their fuel efficiency - they were also in it to gain Clean Air Vehicle status and get a handy HOV

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The Week in Green Tech: Tesla IPO, Suntrough & Cisco

The Week in Green Tech: Tesla IPO, Suntrough & Cisco

Electric car startup Tesla debuted on the public markets this week, raised $226 million for the company, gave the future of green cars a boost, and saw its share leap over 40 percent on the first day of

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California Study Finds Huge Savings in Smart Growth Plans

California Study Finds Huge Savings in Smart Growth Plans

A new study conducted by the influential urban desig firm Calthorpe Associates to help California guide implementation of its strategic growth law weighed 10 years of the status quo against "urban infill

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Bamboo DODOcase Shields Your iPad in Classic Notebook Cache

Bamboo DODOcase Shields Your iPad in Classic Notebook Cache

As the iPad revolution starts to pick up steam, companies are hopping on the bandwagon with a bevy of cases and accessories -- but few as elegant as the DODOcase. Drawing inspiration from the moleskin

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BP Refuses to Use Donated Hair Mats to Clean Up Oil Spill

BP Refuses to Use Donated Hair Mats to Clean Up Oil Spill

We've written about a number of alternative ways to clean up oil spills using natural non-toxic materials ranging from peat moss to mats made from recycled hair. However even in the wake of several failed

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Update to Daniel Liebermann’s Radius House Preserves Organic Vision

Update to Daniel Liebermann’s Radius House Preserves Organic Vision

Photo by Cameron Scott In 1960, architect Daniel Liebermann — who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright — built a house on a hilly site in a new way, designing a structure that curved along a Marin

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First Seedbomb Vending Machine Lands in San Francisco!

First Seedbomb Vending Machine Lands in San Francisco!

Guerrilla gardeners in San Francisco have some new ammunition with the recent installation of the city's first seedbomb vending machine! Designed by L.A.'s Common Studio, the re-purposed gum-ball machine

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Stunning Green Family Home Set in the California Redwoods

Stunning Green Family Home Set in the California Redwoods

Here is a house that we bet you wish you grew up in. Built for a large family and developed to reduce its environmental footprint, this home feels a lot like summer camp. Located on a twenty acre site in

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AIA Launches First Living: Home Tours in Marin This Weekend!

AIA Launches First Living: Home Tours in Marin This Weekend!

Heads up San Francisco architecture fans! This weekend the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco will be kicking off its first-ever set of Living: Home tours in gorgeous Marin County! There

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Donate Your Dog and Cat Hair to Clean Up the Oil Spill

Donate Your Dog and Cat Hair to Clean Up the Oil Spill

Dogs may be our best friends, but did you know they can also aid us in cleaning up the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill? Matter of Trust, a San Franscisco non-profit devoted to "mimick[ing] how Mother

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Final Design for SF’s Transbay Transit Center Includes Rooftop Park

Final Design for SF’s Transbay Transit Center Includes Rooftop Park

All of our patient waiting has finally paid off - the final design for San Francisco's new transit center was finally revealed last week! The San Francisco Transbay Transit Center is designed to hold 12

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San Francisco Launches First Crowd-Sourced Tree Census

San Francisco Launches First Crowd-Sourced Tree Census

Last week the city of San Francisco announced the first-ever tree census. Joined by the California Department of Forestry and the local nonprofit Friends of the Urban Forest, the city unveiled Urban

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San Francisco’s EcoCenter Opens This Sunday at Heron’s Head Park!

San Francisco’s EcoCenter Opens This Sunday at Heron’s Head Park!

The Heron's Head park project is the kind of thing that makes a social justice environmental activist's heart sing. Situated literally down the street from the Hunter's View projects (now undergoing major

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San Francisco Launching Largest Green Loan Program in U.S.

San Francisco Launching Largest Green Loan Program in U.S.

Good news for San Francisco-based property owners: the city has officially announced that GreenFinanceSF, the country's largest green loan program, will launch on April 12. The program allows property

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Salvaged Wood Table Shines With a Slice of Color

Salvaged Wood Table Shines With a Slice of Color

San Francisco-based Anzfer Farms has taken an array of reclaimed wood and turn it into a table of wild textures with an unexpected slice of color. Their Slice Reflection Table started out as salvaged

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Architects Tell Californians to Brace for the Next Big Earthquake

Architects Tell Californians to Brace for the Next Big Earthquake

The US Geological Survey has said that California has a 99.7% chance of having a magnitude 6.7 earthquake -- or bigger -- in the next three decades. University of California, Berkeley Professor and former

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California Smog Causing $193 Million in Healthcare Costs

California Smog Causing $193 Million in Healthcare Costs

The smog in California hangs like a blanket over the city, and now there's more proof that it's not just environmentally destructive - it's making Californians sick! A study just out by RAND -- a

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San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks Initiative Gets a Major Boost

San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks Initiative Gets a Major Boost

Streets and public rights-of-way make up a whopping 25% of San Francisco's total land area--more land than all of the city's parks combined. Many of the streets are wider than necessary or contain wasted

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Toll Revenue May Be Used to Build Bay Bridge Bike Path

Toll Revenue May Be Used to Build Bay Bridge Bike Path

Ever wonder what all your highway tolls are used for? Well, if a bill proposed by California State Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) goes through, some of them might go towards a  bike path on the Bay

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California Adopts Bill Letting Homeowners Sell Excess Solar Energy

California Adopts Bill Letting Homeowners Sell Excess Solar Energy

Attention all Californians! Do you generate more power from your solar panels than you can use? Well, under a new bill adopted on Thursday, you can sell that excess electricity (and offset the cost of

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San Francisco Set to Lead the Electric Vehicle Revolution

San Francisco Set to Lead the Electric Vehicle Revolution

Want to jump start the electric vehicle revolution? Then make it illegal to ignore. That's what San Francisco is doing with a revised building code that will require all new structures to have wiring for

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Climate Change is Causing San Francisco to Lose its Fog

Climate Change is Causing San Francisco to Lose its Fog

Residents of San Francisco's oceanside neighborhoods may complain about it, but the city's legendary fog does more than just provide character -- it also protects nearby redwood forests. Now researchers

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San Francisco May Get Full-Time Charitable Restaurant

San Francisco May Get Full-Time Charitable Restaurant

Most residents of San Francisco's Mission District are aware of Mission Street Food, a restaurant-within-a restaurant that operates on Thursday and Saturday evenings inside a nondescript Chinese joint

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San Francisco to Offer $150 Million in Loans for Green Retrofits

San Francisco to Offer $150 Million in Loans for Green Retrofits

Are you a San Francisco resident looking to add a solar hot water heater, photovoltaic panels, or other renewable energy measure to your home? Soon the city might help you pay for it through the new

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SF Mayor Newsom Announces New Energy Efficiency Funding!

SF Mayor Newsom Announces New Energy Efficiency Funding!

Yet another reason New Yorkers might be jealous: the city of San Francisco has just announced 19.2 million dollars in new funding for energy efficiency programs. The bulk of the funds will go to

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Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Kicks Off in California!

Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Kicks Off in California!

This month Project H Design is hitting the road in a vintage Airstream trailer with their Design Revolution Road Show, starting with exhibitions in SF and LA this week! The show will be run by Inhabitat's

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San Franciscans Turn Abandoned Lot Into Full-Fledged Farm

San Franciscans Turn Abandoned Lot Into Full-Fledged Farm

A proposed 239-unit development in San Francisco's Hayes Valley has yet to come to fruition, leaving an ugly, empty lot in its place. Seeing this, a group of enterprising citygoers have decided to turn

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SF’s Green Transbay Terminal Secures $171 Million for Construction

SF’s Green Transbay Terminal Secures $171 Million for Construction

We were excited to learn last year that the new Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco would be built with green features in mind. We're even more excited now that the $4 billion terminal has

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Ironhorse: Sustainably-Built Affordable Housing in SF

Ironhorse: Sustainably-Built Affordable Housing in SF

Affordable housing developments are all too often shoddily built, with little consideration given towards environmental impact. That's why Ironhorse at Central Station, a planned development in Oakland,

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California Adopts the First Statewide Green Building Code

California Adopts the First Statewide Green Building Code

A round of applause for California! In an effort to trim statewide emissions by 1/3 by 2020, the state of California recently adopted CALGREEN, the first mandatory state-wide green building code in the

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