San Francisco knows how to not waste an opportunity. In case you missed the news, the Golden Gate city recently surpassed it’s goal of diverting 75 percent of its trash from the landfill by 2010. It’s already at 77 percent trash diversion by the city’s last estimation.
The side of a Recology truck makes the point that "Recycling changes everything." In San Francisco, it has dramatically changed how much trash goes to waste. (Photo: Recology)
That very likely makes San Francisco the continuing leader among U.S. cities for trash diversion. San Jose, Fresno, Long Beach, New York City and Portland are close behind. According to an independent ranking, those cities were all diverting at least 60 percent of their waste in late 2007. San Francisco led the pack back then at 67 percent diversion.
SAN JOSE, CA (KGO) — San Jose is still basking in the glow of state recognition that it’s the largest installer of solar power. Thursday it added another company to its list. There was a breakthrough at Stanford that could make solar more affordable:
The Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission has approved 22 new capital grants worth $44 million to finance pedestrian, bicycle and streetscape improvements near public transit in cities around the Bay Area.
The projects approved for funding are being developed by community groups and local authorities throughout the region, including the three largest cities of San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland and 14 other cities.
With severe budget cuts looming ahead, San Jose Parks Foundation today announced the launch of “ParkForce,” a membership campaign that offers residents the opportunity to provide private sector support to protect and preserve city parks and trails.
The Department of Energy announced $10 million has been awarded to 16 cities for 40 new Solar America Cities Special Projects. The funds, made through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will enable the cities to increase solar energy use in their communities through innovative programs and policies that the government believes can be replicated across the nation.
The cities chosen for these awards came from the group of 25 large U.S. cities that are part of the DOE’s Solar America Cities program, which recognizes the participating cities as partners highly committed to solar technology adoption at the local level. Those cities already have been given millions of dollars in funds and technical assistance to accelerate solar adoption.
SAN JOSE, CA (KGO) — Bay Area-based eBay has found a way to provide employees with a host of benefits at a very low cost. It’s giving workers a chance to raise their pay and raise workplace morale while raising crops at its San Jose campus. >> Read the full story
SAN JOSE, Calif. — California recycling is at a record high with 58 percent of all the state’s waste being recycled, not dumped in landfills. But, one group is still lagging behind: People who live in apartments.
So, the City of San Jose launched a new program to turn that around and the results are dramatic. Recycling is a way of life in most of the Bay Area now.
SAN JOSE — You might think the 7th grade is too young to design and engineer the city of the future, but some girls in San Jose might change your mind. Their winning idea is on its way to a national competition. These three seventh graders are not only best friends, they’re tomorrow’s urban planners.