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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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San Francisco’s First Bike Box Gets Stenciled!

San Francisco’s First Bike Box Gets Stenciled!

San Franciscans, if you were wondering what that green painted box on Scott St. is for, wonder no more. San Francisco's first green bike box now has a user-friendly picture of a bicycle stenciled on it.

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Ultra Modern Tafoni Home is a Floating Residence for San Francisco

Ultra Modern Tafoni Home is a Floating Residence for San Francisco

If you’re in the market for a floating home but not diggin’ the dark, cramped image that the word “houseboat” typically brings to mind, we think the Tafoni Floating Home will

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UC Berkeley Students Imagine a New Life for Old Bay Bridge Span

UC Berkeley Students Imagine a New Life for Old Bay Bridge Span

San Francisco's Bay Bridge is undergoing some serious construction that will leave an ugly casualty behind: the old eastern half of the bridge span. Last year, Rael San Fratello Architects proposed that

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Adobe Headquarters Installs 20 Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Adobe Headquarters Installs 20 Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Eventually, we'll be squeezing renewable energy out of every possible source we can - especially from rooftops in urban areas. Adobe Systems is at the forefront of this trend, having just installed

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Tafoni Prefab Floating House is Inspired by the California Coast

Tafoni Prefab Floating House is Inspired by the California Coast

Houseboats are a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area, but many people find them too cramped to be a permanent residence. The Tafoni Floating Home, designed by Joanna Borek-Clement aims to change that

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Iconic SF Coca-Cola Billboard Gets a Green Makover

Iconic SF Coca-Cola Billboard Gets a Green Makover

Ever pass by the giant glittery Coca-Cola billboard in downtown San Francisco and wonder just how much energy it sucks up? Not nearly as much as it used to, now that the whole thing has been replaced with

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Bessie Carmichael School Awarded Grant for LEED Certification

Bessie Carmichael School Awarded Grant for LEED Certification

Recently software manufacturer Adobe Systems Inc. gave a grant to the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to help San Francisco Bay Area schools achieve LEED certification, and the Bessie Carmichael School

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Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Hits The Road!

Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Hits The Road!

On February 1st, design nonprofit Project H Design (run by Inhabitat's own Emily Pilloton), will hit the road for a 25-school, 75-day, 6300-mile tour and exhibition showcasing design for social impact!

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Sunday Streets Return to San Francisco!

Sunday Streets Return to San Francisco!

San Francisco has just announced that it will be continuing its popular Sunday Streets program next year with new dates and locations for 2010! Running for the past two years, the event closes off a

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San Francisco Launches Sustainable Financing For Green Building Renovations

San Francisco Launches Sustainable Financing For Green Building Renovations

from the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom... This week in Copenhagen, representatives from nations around the world are debating the best measures to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and

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Fifth Annual Gorgeous & Green Eco-Fashion Show

Fifth Annual Gorgeous & Green Eco-Fashion Show

This year marked Global Green's 5th annual Gorgeous and Green fundraiser and celebration in beautiful San Francisco. This star packed event promoted the organization's numerous charitable green

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San Francisco’s Transamerica Building Gets LEED Gold

San Francisco’s Transamerica Building Gets LEED Gold

Just yesterday, one of our favorite mayors, Gavin Newsom in one of our favorite cities, San Francisco, announced that SF's landmark Transamerica Pyramid Building, will now be classified as one of the

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