San Francisco Building Efficiency Programs

San Francisco Building Efficiency Programs San Francisco leads the state in many of its energy efficiency programs, including Energy Watch, GreenFinanceSF, the stimulus-funded SF Home Improvement Program, and the Commercial Boiler Retrofit program. These programs cover both residential and commercial sectors, and they target single and multifamily homes along with large and small businesses. Utility …

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Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP)

SCEIP offers PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing for permanent energy, water, wildfire safety, and seismic strengthening improvements through the property tax system. Financing is available for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, multifamily and certain non-profit projects.

Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF)

The Portland Clean Energy Fund, also known as the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, places a 1% surcharge on the business license fee paid annually by the largest businesses doing business in Portland. The resultant revenue stream will be dedicated toward providing mitigation of a degrading climate to those Portland residents who are the most vulnerable to climate change.

Electric Vehicles

Home >> Resources >> Solutions >> Transportation Electric Vehicles Background: Transportation is responsible for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions (Drawdown), but is often a larger percentage of local emissions. If electricity generation in your area is making good progress with Energy Conversion – using renewables and no coal, then it is time to promote …

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Public Transit

Home >> Resources >> Solutions >> Transportation Public Transit Summary: Public transit, or mass transit, is an equitable, energy-efficient way of moving large numbers of people over long distances. There are many challenges to successful public transit, with physical distancing required by coronavirus now added to them. Done right, public transit can relieve traffic congestion, …

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Walkable Cities

Home >> Resources >> Solutions >> Transportation Walkable Cities Summary: Modern American cities are designed to be convenient for cars. A walkable city prioritizes getting around on foot. It can be a safer, more attractive, healthier environment for people and walking is the original zero-emissions mode of transport. The everyday decisions of planning departments are …

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Residential Water Saving

Home >> Resources >> Solutions >> Water Residential Water Saving Summary: Public water supply systems use energy to move and purify water and wastewater, so using less water in a household means using less energy (Drawdown). Heating water for washing and bathing adds to energy use. Efficient appliances, especially water heaters and clothes washers, will …

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Reduced Food Waste

Actions >> Food Reduced Food Waste Background: “In the United States, over one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste (USDA).” This wasted food is responsible for an estimated 8% of greenhouse gases emitted from deforesting land to convert it to agriculture, from the extra fertilizer, gasoline and water that it takes …

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