Category Archives: Sustainability

Event Recap: Public Engagement “Hacked”

Hacking Public Engagement Recap

On the evening of Wednesday June 22nd, a crowd of 50-plus attendees convened to hear from a panel of public engagement process veterans about how to most effectively engage in community outreach for private and public development and infrastructure projects . As many of us in the urban planning and development world are aware, public feedback is too often seen as merely a required box to check, or worse as an oppositional force in a project’s design and approval process. However, if orchestrated thoughtfully, meaningful public engagement can yield “win-win” … Read More

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Event Recap: Zero-Energy Buildings Panel

Recent California legislation will require all new residential development to be zero energy by 2020 (for commercial development, the requirement will begin in 2030), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)  has released its Zero Net Energy Action Plan, a market-driven framework for developers. In the midst of these important changes in real estate, ULIsf’s Sustainability Committee brought in a panel of experts on May 5, 2016 to discuss the opportunities and challenges of zero-energy buildings (ZEB) in commercial real estate. Why Build ZEB? Zero energy buildings produce as much … Read More

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San Francisco’s Benchmarking Ordinance Shows Major Reduction In Energy Use

Energy consumption by commercial properties in San Francisco has declined significantly since 2011 after the implementation of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, according to a new report released today from the Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance (Greenprint). The report is the result of a collaboration between Greenprint and the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report shows a 7.9-percent reduction in energy use across a cohort of 176 properties consistently tracked since 2010. A review of a … Read More

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Event Recap: Creating the Community Vision: The Revitalization for SF Shipyard & Candlestick Park

ULI’s first installment of Creating the Community Vision, a sold out program, focused on how innovative cities involve the community to attract high quality development. The second sold-out program held on June 9th explored how The Shipyard and Candlestick Park, two of San Francisco’s largest developments, navigated a myriad of obstacles on the journey from concept to reality. Sheryl McKibbin and Suheil Totah of Lennar Urban presented on both project’s complex entitlement history, compromises that were reached to develop and make real the community’s vision, and creative financing structures that were … Read More

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San Francisco City Hall goes Platinum!

Urban Land Magazine recognizes the historic City Hall as the oldest building in the U.S. to achieve LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance. What a sustainability milestone here in San Francisco. The City Hall project represents an agreement between the city and the Clinton Global Initiative to create a showplace that pushes sustainability beyond a building to a neighborhood concept. Eight buildings will be brought up to sustainable standards in terms of energy and water efficiency and indoor air quality, including four historic Beaux-Arts structures in Civic Center. … Read More

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The Growing Separation of People and Jobs in Metropolitan America

This is an excerpt from an article recently published on Urban Land Online.  Proximity to employment can influence a range of economic and social outcomes, from local fiscal health to the employment prospects of residents, particularly low-income and minority workers. An analysis of private sector employment and demographic data at the census-tract level reveals the following: Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent. Of the nation’s 96 largest metro areas, in only 29—many … Read More

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Event Recap: Cash Crops or How “Food Feet” can Lead to Profits for SF Businesses

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Food feet – that’s one urban agriculture term that ULI attendees learned on February 26. Event moderator James Kalin, founder of Virtually Green, explained in his introduction that food feet is the ideal metric for gauging the distance from the location of urban production/operation to delivery point of the crops to the customer. We’re not talking miles here. The goal is to be so close to customers that the distance can be measured in feet with the close proximity minimizing operation costs in transportation, labor and logistics. A stellar panel of farmers presented Cash Crops: How Can … Read More

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Rene Cazenave Apartments: A Model of Permanent Supportive Housing

Rene Cazenave Apartments is located on Block 11A of San Francisco’s Transbay Redevelopment Area. The development was awarded to a joint team of BRIDGE Housing and California Housing Partnership through a competitive selection process in 2008. The 120 units of permanently affordable supportive housing serves a diverse resident group of formerly chronically homeless individuals who have physical and mental disabilities. Onsite services include: healthcare, educational and job counseling and substance abuse counseling. Key Design Features: Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic systems for electricity and hot water generation. Separate Grey Water plumbing … Read More

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Sea Level Rise Impacts to Bay Area Development

Sea level rise threatens more than 281 square miles of Bay Area shoreline by mid-century.  City resiliency and climate adaptation are quickly becoming critical topics for communities globally.  On February 6, 2014, ULI and SPUR co-hosted a convening of thought leaders on the topic of sea level rise and implications for the Bay Area. The event addressed the latest scientific research on coastal inundation and the implications for land use and development.  With SPUR moderator Will Travis, panelists Jack Sylvan with Forest City, John Rozum with the NOAA Coastal Services … Read More

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ULI Building Efficiency Toolkit Now Available

The ULIsf Sustainable Development Committee created a Building Efficiency Toolkit to help the owners and managers of existing commercial buildings address the unique challenges of incorporating energy-efficient components into their assets.  Energy efficiency presents a far less significant issue in new construction because it is a relatively small part of overall development costs.  Contrarily, upgrading existing commercial buildings with old mechanical systems, existing tenant leases, and limited financing sources is much more difficult. The Toolkit discusses why existing buildings need to upgrade or face obsolescence, how to manage an investment in energy efficiency, … Read More

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