91 posts categorized "Environment"

04/14/2014

Urban Development: Mayor Celebrates Central Market Revitalization

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San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today highlighted the ongoing revitalization of the Central Market neighborhood three years since the creation of the Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion. The tax exclusion was adopted by the Board of Supervisors and signed by the Mayor in April 2011 when Central Market had some of the highest vacancy rates in the City. Central Market is now home to 18 technology companies, 17 small businesses and eight arts venues as part of the City’s revitalization efforts. Since 2011, the City has collected $8.4 million in additional revenue from increased property tax and real estate transfer tax in the Central Market area.

“The turnaround and signs of revitalization in the Central Market area in just three years are remarkable, but we have more work to do to help longtime residents and new small business owners alike,” said Mayor Lee. “The Tax Exclusion was carefully crafted to attract investment into the heart of our City, which for years suffered from high vacancy rates and stubbornly resisted previous attempts at revitalization, and it has been a nationally- recognized success. Today, Central Market is at the center of new job creation, housing production and the arts in our City, generating new jobs and bringing millions of dollars in new revenue to fund vital City services for the neighborhood. The decades of disinvestment and abandonment by the public and private sectors in Central Market are over, and we will not turn back the clock on our promising efforts to create a healthy, vibrant and economically diverse community in the Central Market neighborhood.” Read more.

11/26/2013

Renewable Energy: Mayor Launches GreenFinanceSF Program

Mayor Launches Green Finance SF ProgramMayor Edwin M. Lee and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell today announced that the City will restart a program to help property owners finance energy efficiency projects in their homes. Called GreenFinanceSF, the program for residential buildings is a voluntary Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program that provides affordable financing options to San Francisco homeowners to pay for the installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements. GreenFinanceSF creates green jobs for the local economy while also reducing energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.

08/29/2013

Getting Around: City Launches New Bike Sharing Program

Getting Around: City Launches New Bike Sharing ProgramThe City in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, launched on August 29, 2013, the Bay Area Bike Share program in San Francisco. The program will include initially 350 bikes spread across 35 stations. The Bay Area Bike Share system provides an easy and affordable option for making short trips. To use the system, you must join as member; options include Annual ($88), 3-Day ($22), 24-Hour ($9), or pay-by-month Annual ($99 paid in installments of $8.25/month - Coming soon!). Because the Bay Area Bike Share system is intended help you get quickly get from Point A to B, you can make an unlimited number of up to 30-minute trips during your Membership period at no additional cost.

For more information about this regional program, pricing and availability visit the Bay Area Bike Share website.

06/19/2013

Green Transportation: Mayor Lee and SFMTA Unveil New Hybrid Buses

Mayor Lee and SFMTA Unveil New Hybrid BusesMayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that for the first time since 2007 the Agency will begin deploying new Muni buses this week. As part of the Agency’s plan to replace the entire bus fleet over the next five years, this procurement of 62 low-floor biodiesel-electric hybrid buses from New Flyer Industries will improve transit service, improve the overall customer experience, and bring clean, brand-new vehicles that use state-of-the-art hybrid and biofuel technologies to make one of the cleanest fleets in the nation even cleaner. Read more.

03/13/2013

Solar Energy: Mayor Announces Full Funding for GoSolarSF Program

GoSolarSF_031313Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the City’s successful solar initiative, GoSolarSF, will receive an additional $2 million in funding for the fiscal year 2013-2014. The additional allocation will increase the total funds available for GoSolarSF financial incentives starting July 1, 2013 to $4 million. GoSolarSF funds will be available for all incentive categories, which include residential, low-income residential, business and non-profit.

“GoSolarSF has shown a proven track-record of success and has created more than 100 jobs for San Franciscans while jump-starting our own local solar industry,” said Mayor Lee. “Today, our City is a leader in clean energy because we’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in part, by generating more and more of our energy locally from rooftop-installed solar arrays.”

GoSolarSF is a program run by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) that provides incentives for San Francisco residents, businesses and non-profits to install solar panels on their property. Read more.