BayREN

bayren – excerpt The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a collaboration of the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), BayREN provides regional-scale energy efficiency programs, services, and resources. BayREN is funded by utility ratepayer funds through the California Public Utilities Commission, … More BayREN

Plan to streamline environmental reviews for S.F. development projects hits opposition

By Laura Waxmann : bizjournal – excerpt A San Francisco ordinance aiming to standardize policies and requirements for proposed housing and development projects in a bid to expedite the environmental review process was stalled this week following community pushback. Under the Standard Environmental Requirements Program Ordinance, introduced earlier this year, pre-determined mitigation requirements would be … More Plan to streamline environmental reviews for S.F. development projects hits opposition

The U.S. can get to 90% clean electricity in just 15 years

By Adele Peters : fastcompany – excerpt And by 2045, the electric grid could be entirely renewable. Until recently, climate experts projected that it wouldn’t be possible to decarbonize the electric grid until 2050—and that moving to fully renewable energy could raise the price of electricity for consumers. But the cost of wind, solar, and … More The U.S. can get to 90% clean electricity in just 15 years

PG&E will relocate to Oakland after more than 100 years in San Francisco

By J.D. Morris and Roland Li : sfchronicle – excerpt PG&E Corp. plans to sell its San Francisco headquarters and move to Oakland in the coming years, a cost-saving effort that will see California’s largest utility leave the city where it has been based for more than a century. The company announced Monday that it … More PG&E will relocate to Oakland after more than 100 years in San Francisco

California Prepares to Shift Planning Focus from Car Delay to Induced Travel

By Melanie Curry : streetsblog – excerpt Starting July 1, the California Environmental Quality Act will require projects in California to account for how many new miles of automobile travel they produce, rather than how much congestion they produce… (more) As the COVID crisis rages many workers plan to move out of crowded cities making … More California Prepares to Shift Planning Focus from Car Delay to Induced Travel

Exclusive: How SF sidestepped state law on developing toxic sites

By Cynthia Dizikes : sfchronicle – excerpt Contaminated gas stations, vehicle repair shops and parking garages have become prized development commodities in San Francisco in recent years as the city struggles with a crushing housing shortage. But city officials have repeatedly stymied public oversight when assessing whether these chemical-tainted properties are safe for hundreds of … More Exclusive: How SF sidestepped state law on developing toxic sites

How a Ragtag Coalition Stops Skyscrapers in Hollywood

By Jill Stewart and David Futch : laweekly – excerpt UPDATED Nov. 14: The California Supreme Court has denied Target’s request to resume construction of its unfinished store on Sunset Boulevard while it appeals a Superior Court ruling that halted work there in mid-August. See details below. Robert P. Silverstein must be one lucky man. … More How a Ragtag Coalition Stops Skyscrapers in Hollywood

Stalled by a pandemic, West Marin producers turn to trading foodstuffs

By Leilani Marie Labong : sfchronicle – excerpt To the city folk who sojourn there, West Marin is an agrarian idyll. The generous, rolling landscape provides great grazing for roaming livestock. A reliable marine layer keeps grass lush and crops nourished and dewy. The cool, plankton-rich intertidal terroir gives the oysters a distinctive flavor profile, … More Stalled by a pandemic, West Marin producers turn to trading foodstuffs

Green Space: Stop taking trees down

By Robyn Purchia : sfexaminer – excerpt Growing SF’s urban canopy provides economic, environmental benefits Earlier this month, tree advocates notified the San Francisco City Attorney that the Department of Public Works “is exhibiting a pattern and practice of disregard” of San Francisco law. The group pointed to notice violations that occurred prior to a … More Green Space: Stop taking trees down