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10 posts from June 2011


San Francisco Named 'Greenest' City in North America

San Francisco Named Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco has received the distinction as the “greenest” city in North America in the first North American Green Cities Index. Announced at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival, San Francisco was ranked ahead of New York, Seattle, Denver and Boston as the top five “greenest” U.S. cities. The research study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and commissioned by Siemens assesses and compares 27 major U.S. and Canadian cities on environmental performance and policies across nine categories – CO2 emissions, energy, land use, buildings, transport, water, waste, air quality and environmental governance. 

“It’s certainly an honor for San Francisco to be named the ‘greenest’ city in North America, and it’s great to get recognition for the good work San Franciscans have done,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is committed to working toward a greener, healthier future for the City, and I think there’s nowhere else on earth where you will find more environmentally involved residents, businesses and visitors than in San Francisco.” Read more.


City Announces $5.7 Million Federal Grant for Job Training

San Francisco Announces $5.7 Million Federal Grant for Job Training Grant from U.S. Department of Labor to Help Low-Income, Non-Custodial Parents

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant of $5.72 million to the Office of Economic & Workforce Development (OEWD) to provide job training and transitional employment to low-income, non-custodial parents in San Francisco through the Transitions SF program. The grant is one of seven awarded nationally to communities to improve the employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement of non-custodial parents and ex-offenders.

“This funding will make a significant impact in strengthening San Francisco’s families and improving the lives of children,” said Mayor Lee. “I am grateful to the Department of Labor for helping our City build upon the successful workforce and child support programs like Transitions SF that assist parents in becoming skilled, employed and self-sufficient.” Read more.


Mayor Unveils New Community Street Park Atop Bernal

Mayor Lee Unveils New Community Street Park Atop Bernal Community-driven Project Partners Residents with San Francisco Parks Trust and Public Works to Create New Public Garden with Sweeping City View

Mayor Ed Lee announced the completion this morning of a brand new community-driven Street Park project on Bernal Heights, which is the culmination of a two-year public space greening effort that partnered the Department of Public Works (DPW), San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT), and community leaders and neighborhood beautification advocates. The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the newly created, vibrant Vista Pointe Street Park and invited residents and visitors to utilize the transformed public space with its unique, sweeping views of the city skyline.

“The Community Challenge Grant Program exemplifies what is possible when the City cultivates meaningful partnerships to build a stronger community, and I congratulate the Bernal Heights community for building the Vista Pointe Street Park,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “I commend the stewards for their commitment and resourcefulness to create a more livable neighborhood and City.” Read more.


Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required by July 1st

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required by July 1st The San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office, the Department of Building Inspection (DBI), and the San Francisco Fire Department, today announced a City-wide outreach drive to inform residents that effective July 1st a new State law requires owners to install immediately carbon monoxide detectors to safeguard residents’ lives and safety.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate carbon monoxide (CO), which is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas created by the incomplete combustion of carbon fuels, kills 500 people a year and injures another 20,000 people nationwide.  To prevent these accidental deaths and injuries, the California legislature enacted SB 183 – mandating residential property owners to install carbon monoxide detectors in existing dwelling units having a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or attached garage. Read more.


Mayor Announces Technology Grant for New Summer Program

Mayor Announces Technology Grant for New Summer Program Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Microsoft announced a technology grant of $500,000 in software and $15,000 in computers that will directly support the students of the Bridge to Success Summer Program and San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) schools. This is the first year of the Bridge to Success Summer Program, a 6-week summer transition program for historically underrepresented, low-income and first-generation SFUSD high school graduates who plan to enroll at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in the fall. The summer program is being run by Beyond 12, a nonprofit supporting college completion.

“We are truly grateful to Microsoft for their generous donation in support of our summer program and SFUSD schools,” said Mayor Lee. “We are here today with our next generation of innovators and leaders, but they need the tools to help them achieve those dreams.  Together with the Bridge to Success Summer Program and the computers from Microsoft we hope to give them the skills they need to succeed.” Read more.