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Exploring San Francisco’s Water Story

August 12, 2014 - in Projects, Supply

The 2013 Rim Fire damaged portions of the forest that provide a large percentage of San Francisco's water and power. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and the streams that feed it escaped the more destructive high intensity burn, but San Francisco did not come out of…

Green Building Initiative President Keynotes ASHRAE High-Performance Buildings Conference

Green Building Initiative (GBI) President Jerry Yudelson presented a keynote talk on April 8th at the ASHRAE High-Performance Buildings conference in…

San Francisco’s Emergency Water System Puts out Five-alarm Fire

March 14, 2014 - in Emergency, Water

The five-alarm fire that destroyed a San Francisco apartment building this week put the city's municipal water supply to the test: When water pressure…

San Francisco Makes an Urban Forestry Plan to Grow the City’s Canopy

January 15, 2014 - in Environment

San Francisco has about 700,000 trees growing on its soil — a canopy that shades a meager 13 percent of The City. The San Francisco Urban Forest Plan envisions growing The City’s canopy over the next two decades so it eventually covers a quarter of The…

California Wildfire Threatens San Francisco Water Supply

August 27, 2013 - in Projects, Supply, Water

The Western wildfire season continues to rage in California, with the Rim Fire posing a threat to a reservoir that supplies a majority of San Francisco's drinking water. The massive blaze started Aug. 17 and has now burned 144,000 acres, including 11,000 acres…

San Francisco Moves Forward on Eco-District Plan

July 1, 2013 - in Planning, Projects

San Francisco has been moving forward with a plan around eco-districts — essentially, sustainability plans that operate at the neighborhood scale. They have looked at different eco-district models. The San Francisco Planning Department has been especially…

Cities Pilot the Future Contest Includes gvSIG Nomination

March 25, 2013 - in Corporate, Smart Cities

The ‘LLGA-Cities Pilot the Future’ competition, has been announced, with 22 cities around the world presenting their social, urban and environmental challenges with the aim to find innovative solutions proposed by companies and entrepreneurs that participate…

Presentation Matters in Urban Planning

December 3, 2012 - in Planning

It's a blunt fact of life that as planning documents have grown more culturally ambitious, the extent to which they connect with real people has declined. And while the reasons are complex, a seemingly unrelated exhibition in San Francisco offers a clue as…

Creating Smart Cities in China and the Bay Area

September 30, 2012 - in Smart Cities

Civic and corporate leaders from the Bay Area and China are meeting Friday in Santa Clara to figure out how to create smarter, greener cities in both countries. Many of them are hoping to forge lucrative business deals. Faced with ever increasing power…