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Dallas follows Austin with action against plastic bags; San Francisco enacts partial bag ban

March 27th, 2014

Two US cities took significant steps to thwart plastic waste this month. Dallas managed to pass fees for disposable bags, while San Francisco ventured into the fraught bottled water debate.

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Electric car ownership surging in San Francisco

September 24th, 2013

Electric vehicle fans kicked off “Charge Across Town” EV Week in a city already enamored with the plug in cars. Associated Press reports that one out of five purely electric cars in the entire country was bought by San Franciscans this year.

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San Francisco residents could get 100 percent green power plans

September 19th, 2012

San Francisco residents may soon be able to buy a 100 percent green power plan, for about $9 a month more on average, under a public power program approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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Make 10/10/10 a global workday: Be part of a community climate-change event

September 22nd, 2010

Looking for something to do on Oct. 10, also known as 10/10/10? Take the fight against climate change into your hands with a “global work party” on that once-in-a-lifetime date. The efforts are coordinated by 350.org, an action-oriented non-profit focused on creating solutions to global warming. The group’s name is a reference to 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide, which scientists say is the safe limit in the atmosphere for humans, the group says. Right now, we’re at 390 parts per million. Not good.

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Don’t trash talk San Francisco; the city beats everyone at waste diversion

September 9th, 2010

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.

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California considering a statewide plastic bag ban

August 6th, 2010

California stands ready to be the first state to ban disposable plastic bags, a move that supporters say would help staunch plastic waste on land and in the ocean.

The Bag Monster, festooned in 500 plastic bags, will ride in San Francisco next week.

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California sues mortgage companies over PACE loans

July 15th, 2010

California Attorney General Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. is suing mortgage companies over their refusal to allow PACE funding for clean energy improvements on homes.
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) money allows homeowners to finance energy efficiency projects like solar panels through their property taxes. Cities that offer the plans can sell bonds to generate the money for PACE loans, which are then attached to a homeowners’ property tax bill. The plan provides homeowners with the upfront money they need for big improvements, and allows them to stretch out their payments over 20 years, making large capital improvements like solar arrays possible.

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LEDs are lighting the road ahead in San Francisco, and other cities

July 14th, 2010

San Francisco, the city that banned plastic bags, bottled water and Styrofoam, is taking another big step down the path to sustainable urban living. In March 2011, the City of San Francisco will begin installing more than 17,000 LED street lighting fixtures, effectively replacing most city-owned street lamps.

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Chicago Mayor Daley wins 2010 U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Award

June 11th, 2010

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and North Little Rock, Ark., Mayor Patrick Henry Hays have been selected to receive the 2010 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, a program sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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California approves 500 megawatt PG&E solar program

April 22nd, 2010

The California Public Utilities Commission today approved a Pacific Gas and Electric Company plan for a new solar photovoltaic program. Once complete, the utility company said the initiative will generate up to 500 megawatts of clean energy, enough to meet the needs of about 150,000 homes in PG&E’s Northern and Central California service area.

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Cars.com’s list of 2010 green cities

April 19th, 2010

With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaching, Cars.com evaluated car shopping behavior nationwide to name the most eco-friendly cities. In the site’s 3rd annual Green Cities Index, San Francisco topped the charts, beating out all other cities based on its interest in hybrid vehicles as a percentage of total car shopping activity on Cars.com.

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Nature Conservancy names best state parks in California

April 16th, 2010

The Nature Conservancy, which has worked over the years to preserve California’s 278 state parks, wants residents to visit and enjoy these resources, especially as waters warm and flowers bloom this spring and summer.

So this week, the Nature Conservancy presented its picks for the “Ocean Oscars,” highlighting some of the best public beach spots in the state. Here, by category, with descriptions written by the Nature Conservancy, are the winners:

  • Best Urban Retreat – Eastshore State ParkSan Francisco Bay Area. This seashore is amidst one of the most developed areas in California. Nestled right outside San Francisco, Eastshore State Park is an urban retreat with miles of walking and biking trails and panoramic views of the bay. Tidal wetlands, marshes and sandy beaches are home to thousands of birds, delighting any naturalist or photographer.

    Point Lobos Natural Reserve

    Point Lobos Natural Reserve

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