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Parklets in San Francisco

Check out our San Francisco Green Spaces, small tucked away community parks that may even be smaller than a City lot.  This is wonderful and necessary in a City as dense as ours.  We are 7X7 with lots of living space and now a chance for more open space.

http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2010/02/soon_to_be_sitting_pretty_in_a_series_of_plazas_and_par.html

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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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San Francisco Real Estate Links for GREEN Buyers and Sellers

Green cityHey Folks!
Gavin Newsom just Twittered me about the launch of the new Green Cities Website, which is a collaboration of 10 cities GREEN Goals, we can participate in helping our City “Go GREEN”, read about Best Practices and keep up with what’s happening. Very inpsirational. I’ll be sure to post some of their San Francisco initiatives and events here.

See the article about the launch Here:

http://www.greenerbuildings.com/blog/2009/10/21/green-cities-california-unveils-best-practices-website

and the visit the New WEBSITE website here:

http://greencitiescalifornia.org/

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Re-Charge It! Camping & Batteries – Lots of ‘Em

recylcled batteries

I went camping last weekend and I’m proud to say that all of our equipment that needed batteries, were either wind up flashlights or used rechargeable batteries.  We made the original investment and get a feel good vibe everytime we charge our batteries in ad


I am a Realtor representing buyers and Sellers of Real Estate in San Francisco and I make it my business to impart GREEN info to my clients on a regular basis.  Ask me about GREEN homes for sale, what you can do now to make GREEN improvements to your current sale OR when preparing your property for sale – ask me what Green features buyers are looking for before beginning your home repairs or improvements.
vance and have plenty of light at our campsite and are helping the environment at the same time.  Not to mention the resources we are saving when going it outside with the elements…that’s another story. Continue reading

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Community Gardens in San Francisco

Potrero Hill Community Garden
Potrero Hill Community Garden

There are over 50 community gardens in San Francisco.

I’m going to make it my business to visit every one of them! I wonder of one of them has an open plot available. I visited the one on Lawton and 7th Aveunue, just behind the pumpkin patch.  When you purchase your pumpkins with the kids, be sure to walk behind and see the community garden there. There was a waiting list for that one and I bet there are waiting lists for others. I’ll report back and what I see, with pics and who I talk to as well! I bet it will be interesting.
Here is a link with a list of the current community gardens in San Francisco. FYI
http://www.sfgro.org/sfgardens.php

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Retrofitting – Low Level Upgrades

Retrofitting is an easy way to institute lower-level upgrades to improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality, conserve resources and meet other green goals.
Some options include:

  • Programmable thermostats

  • cflsCFLs

  • Lighting controls such as timers, dimmers and occupancy sensors

  • Hot water Heater Jackets

  • energystarENERGY STAR Appliances

  • Duct Sealing

  • Rain barrels

  • Retrofit kits for wood-burning fireplaces

  • Water filters on faucets

  • lowflowfaucetLow-flow faucets

  • Weather-stripping and caulking

In the real estate world of San Francisco a required inspection is the “Energy Inspection” which includes wrapping of the water heater, weatherstripping, insulating accessible areas like your attic, duct wrapping and more.  I can put you in touch with my “Go to” energy inspector who can do the inspection for a very small fee and perform the work.  You can then have an energy compliance certificate filed with the City upon completion.  If you haven’t done this already upon the transfer of your last purchase or sale, this is a good time to do it.  Give me a ring.

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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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Catch the Green Wave

Catch the Green Wave

Just outside of the tiny town of Saybrook, Illinois is some of the “greenest” farmland to be found anywhere in the Midwest. This pic was snapped traveling down a lovely country blacktop last October.6a0105361dfb6d970c01156fa30707970bThese graceful towers are absolutely silent, but are generating power for thousands of residents in Illinois. That’s a good thing, because in the United States alone, buildings alone account for:

• 70% of electricity
• 39% of all energy use
• 39% of all (CO2) emissions
• 40% of raw materials use
• 30% of waste output
(136 million tons annually)
• 12% of potable water

Sustainable residences, commercial properties, developments, and communities are so important to all of us. If you are seeking a green home or building, there are real estate professionals who specialize in “green.”

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Green Designation is the definition of green professionalism, excellence, and leadership for today’s real estate practitioners. This training program is specifically designed to address the educational needs of practitioners in residential, commercial, and property management markets. The program provides real estate professionals with the knowledge and awareness of green building principles applied in residences, commercial properties, developments, and communities so that they can list, market, and manage green properties as well as guide buyer-clients, in purchasing green homes and buildings.

The Green Designation enables real estate professionals to incorporate green principles into their practice and encourages the real estate professional to be an advocate in spreading the green philosophy and be a positive force for creating sustainable and energy efficient communities of homes and commercial buildings.

What does it really mean when it comes to being a homeowner or looking for that eco-friendly home?

A homeowner can do many things to go green in the home. For example, some tips regarding electricity according to Planet Green are:

· Audit yourself – determine how energy is used in your home, where it is lost, etc. Many utilities offer energy audits as a free service.

· Reduce your use – replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLS);turn off lights and devices when not in use; eliminate electronics that sleep on a standby setting as they continue to pull electric even when turned off; line dry (when possible)

· Put your house on a diet – Houses consume a large amount of energy when heating and cooling. To cut down on costs, utilize natural ventilation instead of air conditioning when possible such as ceiling and whole-house fans. Keep shades drawn during the hottest period of the day in the summer. If you use electric for your water heater, purchase an insulated blanket to wrap around the water heater.

· Buy wise – After heating and cooling, appliances are the next biggest electricity users. When purchasing new appliances, look for the EnergyGuide label which shows consumption in terms of kWh per year. Additionally, look for the Energy Star rating.

When purchasing a green home, not only are you helping the environment, but you have the ability to take advantage of energy-efficient mortgages.

1. Energy-efficient homes and energy efficient mortgages – Check out “Financing Energy Efficiency: An EEM Handbook” by Randy Martin. The book discusses what energy efficient mortgages are (loans with relaxed credit standards and favorable interest rates for houses meeting prescribed energy standards) and FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage requirements. http://www.resnet.us/ratings/overview/default.htm

2. Residential Energy Services Network RESNET is one of the principal groups of green housing-minded practitioners, lenders, builders, etc. The group is guided by a committee of mortgage lenders offering energy-efficient mortgages. http://www.resnet.us/about/resnet.htm

3. EPA Energy Star – Existing homes EPA’s Energy Star Program is used by lenders as the standard of determining energy efficiency. Borrowers whose houses meet the standard qualify for the favorable terms of energy-efficient mortgages. EPA’s existing-home site contains information on the top energy saving improvements and how to save money by using energy-efficient improvements as part of the remodeling process. http://www.energystar.gov/

4. EPA Energy Star – New Homes – EPA provides information on its Energy Star Program as it applies to the new-home market. Website features resources on finding a new-home builder, lender, energy-use rater, and utility programs that promote energy efficiency. http://www.energystar.gov/

5. National Energy Raters Association – NERA is an association of professionals who rate and verify home energy efficiency and consult with practitioners, lenders, buyers, sellers and others on improving home efficiency. http://www.energyraters.org/

Tips taken with permission from the National Association of REALTORS®

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Jurlique – Natural Beauty

SAN FRANCISCO ORGANIC BEAUTY THAT REALLY WORKS!bfromb_farm I’VE TRIED IT AND I LOVE IT!

I ventured into the Jurlique store today on Fillmore in San Francisco. Years ago I was in the beauty business and I spent many hours getting ‘Jurlique’ facials. What you may not know is that it is an organic, alternative skincare brand and line that’s been around for over 20 years. I particularly remember the natural elements in the creams, they smelled so good, you felt like you could eat them, and they had texture too, like oatmeal in one of the face washes. Now, I don’t know if this is a contributing factor, but people tell me I look young all the time, and often I wonder if it’s from those lovely facials I received for so many consecutive years back then.

Any hoo – these days, I make sure to use up every little bit of cream and product I have before re-investing in another…waste not want not (I am my mother).  I am so excited to have found Jurlique again and to know that they tend the earth on their certified organic and bio dynamic farms, by growing the herbs and flowers used in their products. I’ll definitely head in there to purchase the regimen that’s right for my skin and feel darn good about it, knowing that I’m supporting a truly organic organization. Also, they give free mini facials, though you have to call to schedule. The San Francisco store is at 2136 Fillmore St., PH: 415-346-7881. Jurlique is hot, you’ve got to smell it and try it to believe it…this is a vital and vibrant product line, that’s been around for a while and has worked out all the wrinkles “Get it?”, kinda like me…  www.Jurlique.com

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