Green City

Discounts that do good

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GREEN CITY Coupon books don't tend to be of much use to green-minded consumers or businesses. They're usually just chock full of special offers from fast food restaurants and wasteful chain stores. That's why former credit auditors Anne Fisher Vollen and Sheryl Cohen started the Green Zebra Savings Guide. Read more »

Muni's makeover

Officials found residents citywide were most concerned with reliability in the system
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GREEN CITY San Francisco's streets are some of the most congested in the nation, our gasoline prices are reaching record highs, and parking is both scarce and expensive (particularly given the rising cost of parking tickets). Read more »

Building green in SF

The city considers rival plans to implement mandatory green design standards for new residential and commercial buildings
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GREEN CITY Wind turbines and solar panels may soon sprout on San Francisco rooftops as the city considers rival plans to implement mandatory green design standards for new residential and commercial buildings.

One ordinance proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom's Green Building Task Force would require new commercial construction of more than 5,000 square feet, residential buildings above 75 feet, and renovations to buildings of more than 25,000 square feet to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified by 2012, the second-highest desi Read more »

Money grows on trees

Although the state could save $13.3 million if several parks close, the governor hasn't calculated the loss in business tax revenue
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GREEN CITY A lone fisher casts his line off the wooden dock of Candlestick Point, his favorite spot and one at risk of closure from state budget cuts.

"The tide is too low today to catch anything, but supposedly there's halibut now after the rain," Ernesto Perez told the Guardian as he walked back to his car empty-handed, hoping to return later.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office has proposed closing 48 of the 278 state parks by July 2009 because of a projected $14.5 billion state deficit. Read more »

Ecoerotic

Green sex toys? Yep
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GREEN CITY You may be the greenest, most permacultured locavore with a heart made of hemp. You tend your community garden on dates, travel only by biodiesel bus, and make your Christmas gifts from recycled materials rather than contribute to our culture's overconsumption of resources. But chances are you haven't thought about how your sex habits are affecting the planet — not to mention your partner. Read more »

Climate change teach-in

Green pathways out of poverty was just one topic discussed
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GREEN CITY For Van Jones, going green is not just about buying a Prius, putting a solar panel on a vacation home, or purchasing groceries at Whole Foods, which he calls Whole Paycheck. Read more »

From fryers to fuel

SFGreasecycle hits the restaurant circuit
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GREEN CITY At Ar Roi Thai in Nob Hill, about 75 gallons of oil are left over every month from the creation of the restaurant's deep-fried cuisine, according to manager Theresa Shotiveyaratana. But instead of dumping it, the business donates its gunk to the newly established SFGreasecycle, which converts it into biodiesel that is now used to power San Francisco city vehicles such as Muni buses and fire engines.

As of Dec. Read more »

Life of the party

Ralph Nader crashes the Green Party Convention
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amanda@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY Amid the much-hyped speculation about whom Democratic and Republican party voters will choose as their respective presidential nominees this year, California members of the Green Party will vote for their representative Feb. 5.

Candidates Jared Ball, Kent Hesplay, Jesse Johnson Jr., Cynthia McKinney, and Kat Swift met for their only planned debate Jan. Read more »

Money for parks

Just how big an impact can Prop A's $185 million make?
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sarah@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY A broad coalition of politicians and activists is supporting Proposition A, the $185 million parks bond on the February ballot, with the rare unanimous support of the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom.

But just how big an impact can this bond, which requires 66 percent voter approval, make? Read more »

Solar man

Can Burning Man leave a legacy of renewable energy?
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steve@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY Two years ago Tom Price called me from the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. We didn't know each other, but he'd read some of my articles about Burning Man, including "Epilogue as Prologue" (10/4/2005), which culminated my seven-part series by looking at how burners were projecting their culture, skills, and ethos into the outside world.

The most obvious example I used was the group that went straight from Burning Man 2005 to Mississippi to help clean up after Hurricane Katrina, which hit during the event. Read more »