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San Francisco: It's Time Not Just to Divest, But Reinvest

February 7, 2014 by Billy Parish

The Board of Supervisors of San Francisco recently passed a resolution urging the city’s Retirement Board to divest municipal pension funds of $583 million in fossil fuel stocks. The Retirement Board didn’t take up the recommendation, however.[read more]

Sea Level Rise: Adaptation for the San Francisco Bay Area

July 26, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Folding Water

The Golden Gate tidal gauge has recorded an 8 inch (20.3 cm) rise in sea level in San Francisco Bay over the past one hundred years. Projections indicate a possible 11 to 19 inch rise over 2000 levels by mid-century and as much as 30 to 55 inches by 2100.[read more]

San Francisco Nabs ‘Cleantech Capital’ Title

April 2, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Along with being a popular destination for tourists, the city of San Francisco is also a magnet for the cleantech industry—the most powerful one on the continent, according to Cleantech Group.  The company, which does industry research, analysis and events around the world, just named San Francisco the Cleantech Capital of North...[read more]

Say No to 'No Nukes' Revival

August 5, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins

"No Nukes" Revival is Wholly Misguided Recent news that Musicians United for Safe Energy is reuniting for a concert protesting nuclear power strikes these two Millennials as wholly misguided. While the anti-nuclear generation can be forgiven for the tragic outcomes of their original efforts, this attempted revival exhibits an...[read more]

Gas Taxes and Price Divergence

April 25, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

Rising gasoline prices got my attention pretty forcefully this weekend when I filled up our rental car in South San Francisco, at the end of a short holiday trip to California. I expected to pay a bit more than usual near the SFO airport, but $4.439 per gallon for unleaded regular was a jolt, because prices in Northern Virginia, where I...[read more]

Reflections on Then and Now: Growing up in the Growing Solar Industry from East to West Coast

March 22, 2011 by Christopher Williams

I got my humble start in solar in the Northeast as a student in the early 2000’s interested in sustainability and self-sufficient living. My original goal was to learn about these topics enough so I could go back to the land, too, and continue my work as a renewable energy and sustainability advocate. Instead, my fortune changed in a...[read more]

The New Republic: Geographic Clustering's Relationship to Cleantech Innovation

February 24, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute

Over at the New Republic, Mark Muro and Jonothan Rothwell have published two posts on the intense geographic clustering of the 100 companies likely to make the greatest impact on the cleantech market in the next decade, a list developed by the Cleantech Group with The Guardian. The scholars find that the cleantech market's most promising...[read more]

Google Denies Renewable Energy Trader Intentions

May 2, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

Google has denied rumours that it is set to become and energy trader at a GreenNet conference in San Francisco last week. With hundreds of millions of customers, Google uses mammoth computer infrastructure to keep everything going. However Google’s carbon reduction intentions have been well publicised over the last year. From biofuel...[read more]

Think locally, act globally in cleantech

April 29, 2010 by Dallas Kachan

I'm pretty fond of where I live. And I imagine you are too. You've chosen to be there! So it only stands to reason that we'd want to preserve and better our places. But there's a professional quandary therein: opportunities in cleantech aren't always in our backyards. We can't always be satisfied with looking globally and acting locally...[read more]

The Top Five Cities for Clean Energy Jobs

February 19, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Workers stand outside the Rebuilding Center in Portland, OR, which is the nation’s largest nonprofit for salvaged construction and remodeling materials.  The Center offers employees living wage positions with benefits. Portland created more than 20,000 green jobs in 2007 alone. This is a CAP repost. Clean energy jobs continue to...[read more]

Hunting fugitive greenhouse gas emissions

February 15, 2010 by Todd Woody

Image: Picarro In the Green Inc. column I wrote for Monday’s New York Times and International Herald Tribune, I go hunting for greenhouse gases in the San Francisco Bay Area with Picarro, a Silicon Valley company that makes analyzers that measure CO2 and methane emissions in real-time: SAN FRANCISCO — The recent Copenhagen climate...[read more]

Algae-powered hybrid introduced

September 13, 2009 by ToddWallace

Sapphire Energy launched a its algae-powered vehicle, the Algaeus, in San Francisco this week. The car, aptly dubbed the “Algaeus” — built into the shell of a Toyota Prius — will take off today on a 10-day nationwide tour, stopping first in Sacramento, where governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is planned to pour a vial of algae into its gas...[read more]

Bay Area Forging Ahead with Electric Car-Charging Network

February 23, 2009 by Tim Hurst

On the first sunny day in the Bay Area in nearly a week, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in front of San Francisco City Hall, in another step forward in making the Bay Area the “EV Capital of the U.S.”The high-profile charging stations are part of a nine-step policy...[read more]

SFPUC Awards 5MW Project to Recurrent Energy

May 16, 2008 by Arno Harris

San Francisco's covered reservoirs have long been eyed by the local solar community as a perfect site for a massive solar array. So we were pretty excited when the SFPUC invited us to participate in a competitive bid to develop and operate a  5MW solar project on the Sunset Reservoir and Pier 96 supplying electicity to the City via...[read more]

San Francisco’s Proposed Green Building Legislation: Progressive or Plain LEED Creep?

December 20, 2007 by Stephen Del Percio

At a press conference last week that was held at Tishman Speyer’s LEED Silver hopeful 555 Mission Street, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proposed municipal LEED legislation that, if enacted, would be among the most rigorous in the country applying to private construction. Mayor Newsom has vowed to fast-track his signature on the...[read more]