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America’s Cup environmental review draws criticism

By Alex Zielinski
America’s Cup environmental review draws criticism

Heavy construction. Massive crowds. Congested waterways. Based on the city’s recently released draft environment impact report (EIR) for the 2013 America’s Cup, these threats, along with others, are an unavoidable addition to the international event. Local environmental groups are split over the city’s proposed plans to tackle the problems. “I’m optimistic about the report,”...
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San Francisco catches on to bulk solar purchasing

By Alex Zielinski
San Francisco catches on to bulk solar purchasing

In an effort to boost the city’s solar energy use, San Francisco officials launched a pioneering program today keying in on a simple model: group discounts. “[email protected]”, developed by the city’s Department of the Environment and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, encourages commercial business owners to join together to create one solar purchasing group....
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San Francisco shifting tree care onto property owners

By Alex Zielinski
San Francisco shifting tree care onto property owners

Arborist Chris Altman recently had a job to remove a beautiful 15-year-old ash tree from its sidewalk-bound home. The tree appeared healthy at first glance, but it had lacked proper pruning and care from the start due to owner and city neglect, leaving its branches unstable and hazardous to unsuspecting passersby. “Too many people...
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