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SolarCity to enter SF’s plug-in charging market

By Alison Hawkes

SolarCity has announced it will begin installing EV charging stations in San Francisco homes for a starting price of $1,500.
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East Bay wants to attract, keep clean tech

By Alison Hawkes

East Bay communities are focusing on how to entice clean tech companies to stay with streamlined permitted and group purchasing of solar power.
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California ships solar-processed rice to Japan

By Alison Hawkes

Want some sunshine with that sushi? A California farm is the first to produce 100 percent solar processed food for export.
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Louis’ Restaurant going green

By Alison Hawkes

Anyone headed out to hike the Coastal Trail in San Francisco has a place to feel good about tanking up. Louis’, a 70-year institution, is undergoing a makeover that includes a green renovation of the cliffside restaurant and  a menu change to locally sourced, organic foods (tomatoes excluded). Apparently some of these changes were...
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Sustainable food show documents solutions

By Alison Hawkes

A new sustainable food show will be airing on public television this fall, the product of Berkeley producers who wanted to highlight solutions to the environmental problems of the food industry. “Food Forward” is a nationally aired documentary series that showcases food purveyors who offer alternatives to conventional food production. Producer Greg Roden says...
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Port of Oakland to reduce air pollution with grid-powered cargo ships

By Alison Hawkes

The first cargo ship to shut off its diesel generators and power off the grid docked in the Port of Oakland this week. California is now requiring that all shipping fleets be able to “cold iron” at California ports by 2014, but so far only a couple have met the standard. Idling ships typically...
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Tags: , diesel, electrical grid, port of oakland, shipping
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Alameda County passes green purchasing policy

By Alison Hawkes

Alameda County has adopted a new green purchasing policy requiring that materials bought with county dollars meet certain environmental criteria, including waste reduction and recycled content. The decision fits with Alameda’s climate action plan. .
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Google to build the “most sustainable building possible”

By Victoria Schlesinger

Google plans to build a state-of-the-art sustainable office complex on 9.4 acres of land near Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View to accommodate it’s growing staff. The award-winning German company Ingenhoven Architects will design the environmental masterpiece with a mandate from Google to “to build the most green, sustainable building possible.” Building could begin as...
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Eating low on the local Bay Area seafood chain

By Victoria Schlesinger

A great SF Weekly feature profiles a local fisherman, Kirk Lombard, while exploring how applying a locavor ethic to seafood could save a dying industry and the Bay.
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Solar panels increase home value report says

By Victoria Schlesinger

California homes with a PV solar system sell for more than those without one, finds a new report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Proponents of solar hope the new finding will encourage more homeowners to go solar. See the full report on Climate Watch.
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Tags: , increase home value, lawrence berkeley national laboratory, pv solar, report, residential solar systems
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