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GREEN Seminar Coming UP in San Francisco

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3 GREEN ideas for 2010

Some quick tips for how to get organized and add some green and sustainable practices to your life.

  1. Invest in a reusable water bottle….saves so many plastic bottles, and space in your kitchen for the palletes of water bottles.

  2. Reduce your paper billing – whenever you get the chance to pay bills online- do so!

  3. Bring your lunch to work and use washable/reuseable containers to cut down on wasteful disposable packaging!!!

  4. When looking to buy or rent San Francisco Real Estate, think and look for GREEN properties, and detail with your Realtor, Landlord and anyone involved on how to make the property more sustainable!

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Southwest is Launching a GREEN Plane

Green AirplaneWe are GREENing the Sky’s now as Southwest Airlines launches a green plane to their fleet.

They made the planes lighter, helping to reduce fuel emissions.  Their approach seems a bit gratuitous for now as they aim for replacing cabin materials with longer lasting product with the aim of reducing waste.  They have achieved LEED standards in Water Efficiency and more.  I’m always encouraged when any big businesss takes an interest in “being GREEN”.  I do love the name of Southwest’s Greening Initiative.  “Our Planet. Our Plane. Our Plan. ” 

It’s similar to my San Francisco Real Estate initiative. Real People. Real Property. Real Service.

Link to Southwet’s Greening Initiative:

http://www.southwest.com/greenplane/?RMID=091107_IAN&RRID=ZXJpa2FidXJrZUB6ZXBoeXJzZi5jb20.&src=MAILIANWKND000000091107

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Recycle those Halloween Costumes

Here is a Great Link for Goodwill Industries. They propose a wonderful costume recycling idea. You can gather friends and families costumes and pass them along! Click on the link to find a center near you!Captain Recycling
http://app.en25.com/e/es.aspx?s=1259&e=139&elq=01cab37cba7548a696917571c63b8853

Remember to pass the word along.  I pass along GREEN Tips, recycling information and any other resource I have, every day in mySan Francisco Real Estate practice.

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1st Time HomeBuyer – You may be able to use the tax credit for San Francisco Real Estate

Here’s the latest on the first time home buyers tax credit!!!

http://www.edesignations.com/blog/2009/10/real-estate-loans-first-time-home.asp

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Fantastic GREEN Links and Lots of them

Here is a great list of links to check out regarding all things GREEN that you might think of including, GREEN building, energy, tips, walkability, water, land use, design, recycling, interior designers, shopping, conservation, fuel efficiencyand more.

Carbon Footprint Calculators:  www.earthlab.com, www.conservation.org, www.carbonfund.org

American Wind Energy Association Source:  www.awea.org

National Wildlife Foundation provides an online water caluclator:  www.nwf.org/water/watercalculator

Center for Neighborhood Technology indexing tool: www.cnt.org

SustainLane index: www.sustainlane.com

Yale Envirnmental Performance Index: http://epi.yale.edu

What Causes Sprawl, National Center for Policy Analysis 2003:  www.ncpa.org

Walkability Scores: www.walkscore.com

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov

ENERGY STAR:  www.energystar.gov

Residential Services Network (RESNET) HErs SCORE: WWW.RESNET.US

American Society of Interior Designer, Inc., REGREEN Guidelines 2008 & case studies: www.regreenprogram.org

US Dept. of Energy: www.energy.gov

Alameda County Waste Management Authority & Source Reduction and Recylcling board, Home Remodeling Green Guidelines:  www.stopwaste.org

2007 “The Green Homeowner, Attitudes, Preferences for Remodeling & Buying Green Homes”: www.construction.com

Forest Stewardship Council: www.fscus.org

Green Seal: www.greenseal.org

Whole building Design guide: www.wbdg.org

National Association of Home builders: www.nahb.org

Model Green Home Building Guidelines:  www.nahb.org

Health House Builder Guidelines:  www.healthhouse.org/build

Residential Building Diagnostic tools: www.toolbase.org

American Institute of Architects “Walk the Walk campagian: www.aia.org/walkthewalk

Green Products: www.greenseal.org/findaproduct

Bean Products-Thrash Cans and other cool products: www.beanproducts.com

Green Janitorial supplies:  www.greenearthofficesupply.com

Recycle Info:  www.freecycle.com

Video, The Story of Stuff:  www.storyof stuff.com

California Dept. of Conservation: www.conservation.ca.gov

Energy Star fact sheet: www.doityourself.com/stry/energy-star-fact-sheet

Fuel Efficiency: www.fueleconomy.gov

C oming soon – a review and blurb about my website reccommendations!  I’d say this a good start though, happy browsing!

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Search San Francisco OPEN HOMES Right Now!!!

OPEN Homes Website!!!

OPEN Homes Website!!!

You can click right here and search for any type of property that is being shown as an OPEN HOUSE in San Francisco.  Call me, Erika Burke, Realtor, GREEN TODAY! at 415-279-1135, for more details about the properties, disclosure packages, Buyers Packages, Sellers Market Analysis,  and to strategize to make sure your sale or home purchase is a complete success.
This application has been created and promoted by the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and is the official place to search for available properties to view in the City.
When you are looking for GREEN homes, keep checking here for blog posts under GREEN Homes for Sale-San Francisco.
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The San Francisco MLS Goes Green

SFAR MLS Goes Green
SFAR MLS is excited to announce the addition of “Green Features” to our property descriptions. You will now find the following amenities in the Single Family Home, Condo/Coop/TIC/Loft and 2-4 Units property types:
1) Bamboo Floors
2) Cork Floors
3) Recycled Carpet
4) Natural Fiber Carpet
5) Energy Star Appliance(s)
6) Dual Flush Toilet
Stay tuned for more Green
Features as Rapattoni builds the platform.
SFAR MLS Goes Green

Also exciting news.  In Northern California we are generally known to be environmentally sensitive and proactive in making the sustainable living movement come to the forefront and grow.  Keep an eye on San Francisco to continue their GREEN growth model.  Bringing it to the MLS and all of the San Francisco Association of Realtors member Brokers and agents who subscribe will certainly assist in moving these measures forward and making a huge and powerful population fo real estate professionals allies in this important cause.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LOCAL REALTOR® ACHIEVES NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® GREEN DESIGNATION

erikas-professional-photos-fullMarch 2009

March 12, 2009 San Francisco, CA –Erika Burke with Zephyr Real Estate has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR”s) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR.

Erika achieved this prestigious designation after completing 18 hours of course work designed specifically for REALTORS®. The courses were created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of industry experts from across the country; ensuring designees gain comprehensive knowledge of green homes and buildings and issues of sustainability in relation to real estate,

More specifically, Erika was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of green building features and practices, distinguishing between industry rating and classification systems, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, discussing the financial grants and incentives available to homeowners, and helping consumers see a property’s green potential.

“As energy costs rise along with concern for the environment, homeowners are looking for innovative ways to save money and live responsibly,” said Dick Gaylord, NAR’s immediate past president. NAR’s Green Designation was developed in response to growing consumer awareness of the benefits of resource-efficient homes and buildings. The designation helps consumers who care about energy efficiency and sustainable building practices identify REALTORS® who can help them realize their green real estate and lifestyle goals.

As an NAR Green Designee, Erika has gained the knowledge and the tools necessary to become a trusted green resource for San Francisco. For more information about Erika Burke AT Zephyr Real Estate please visit http://erikaburkesf.com or by E-mail [email protected]. Welcome to my GREEN blog at www.GreenBlogSF.com .

Call me Today at 415-279-1135, for your FREE Real Estate consultation.

For more information about NAR’s newest designation, visit http://GreenResourceCouncil.org

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