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American Samoa Becomes First U.S. Territory to Ban Plastic Bags

American Samoa Becomes First U.S. Territory to Ban Plastic Bags

With California's proposed statewide ban on plastic bags swept aside as collateral damage of the state's broken political system, American Samoa emerged as the first U.S. state or territory to ban plastic

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The 2010 Architecture and the City Festival Starts Next Week!

The 2010 Architecture and the City Festival Starts Next Week!

Attention all San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans! We're thrilled to announce that next week marks the start of AIASF's 2010 Architecture and the City Festival! This month-long festival is one of our

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San Francisco Breaks Ground on Green Transbay Transit Center!

San Francisco Breaks Ground on Green Transbay Transit Center!

We've been eagerly following the development of San Francisco's new Transbay Transit Terminal, and now we're excited to announce that the $4 billion project by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has just

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Plastic Bag Monsters Invade San Francisco to Support Bag Ban!

Plastic Bag Monsters Invade San Francisco to Support Bag Ban!

This week, California lawmakers are meeting to discuss monumental legislation that could banish plastic bags once and for all from The Golden State. To raise awareness for this landmark move, a hundred

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Fragment Lights With an Earthy and Sophisticated Style

Fragment Lights With an Earthy and Sophisticated Style

Made with fragments found along the San Francisco shoreline, these beautiful lamps are a simple way to add some soft lighting to your living space. Designed by one of our favorite eco-design studios,

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California Assembly Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

California Assembly Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

Take a good look at that plastic supermarket bag sitting in your kitchen. If you live in California, it might soon be a relic of the past. The state Assembly voted 41 to 27 yesterday to to ban plastic

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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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Stunning Zinc-Skinned Office Wins 2010 ZeroFootprint Award

Stunning Zinc-Skinned Office Wins 2010 ZeroFootprint Award

ZeroFootprint holds an annual competition for renovated buildings that showcase the most successful, holistic retrofitting projects of the year. This year's eco retrofit winner was just announced and it's

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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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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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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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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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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 really "sway" you (get it -

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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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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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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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