Energy Efficiency Improvements financed by the city of San Francisco?

The Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office (BLA), which provides the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with critical information to support decision-making, has been asked to survey the market demand for a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.  PACE allows homeowners in the city to access financing for energy efficiency improvements to their homes and to pay back the loan over the long-term as part of their property tax payments.

If you are interested in participating in such a survey, please respond by using the link below no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, November 15, 2013.  If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact Julia Nagle at the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office via email at julia.nagle@sfgov.org or by phone at (415) 553-4637.

Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SM3P8ZN

November 12, 2013 at 12:44 am Leave a comment

Sold! 1156 Stanyan in Cole Valley

Fabulous Cole Valley Condo with 2 bedrooms, and 1 bath. Exclusive deeded backyard and 1 car parking. Edwardian two-unit building with great period details. Kitchen/Living/Dining spaces has French doors leading out to a large deck and tranquil garden with mature Lemon, Plum and Peach trees. Unit also boasts updated kitchen and bath, formal living room with cozy window seat and decorative fireplace. In-unit washer and dryer, forced air heat, large storage room and side-by-side parking. This is a must see, turn key, move-in ready Cole Valley Condo!

For more info and photos visit 1156Stanyan.com

Enjoy the late afternoon sunlight while reading in the comfy window seat.

Enjoy the late afternoon sunlight while reading in the comfy window seat.

September 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

Garden for the Environment May Classes!!

Garden for the Environment will offer the following classes in May of 2013.  All classes will be offered at Garden for the Environment, San Francisco’s organic demonstration garden at 7th and Lawton Street.  Since our founding in 1990, the garden has operated as a demonstration site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening, compost education and low water-use landscaping.

UPCOMING ORGANIC GARDENING AND COMPOSTING WORKSHOPS

CITY CHICKENS! AND DUCKS TOO!

Date:  Saturday, April 27, 2013 Time:  10AM – 12 NOON
Location:  Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco Cost:  $25/$15 for members

Begin your morning by harvesting fresh eggs from your own urban back yard! You can keep chickens and ducks in San Francisco! Join Paul Glowaski, Co-Founder of Urban Eggs & Farmer at Dinner Bell Farm, for an exciting workshop on organic “eggriculture”. Whether you dream of just a few chickens, or dozens, you will learn all you need to know to keep even your chickens (or ducks) healthy and happy in San Francisco. This class will walk you through the entire process, including: ordering chicks, organic feed for chickens and ducks, sanitation & human health considerations. This workshop is $25/$15 members, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is required.

URBAN COMPOSTING

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013 Time: 10AM – 12 NOON
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Department of the Environment

Spring can be a great time to start a new compost pile as you tidy up the leftovers of your fall leaves!  Join GFE as we discover how to turn those leftovers, either from the garden or the kitchen, into “black gold”. This fun, hands-on workshop teaches methods for both backyard and worm composting for all seeking to enrich the bounty of their garden and reduce their ecological footprint.  Come learn what you can do to improve your garden and prevent organic waste from ending up in the landfill! Rot on! This workshop is FREE!

GARDEN TOUR: NATURAL PLANT CARE

Date:  Saturday, May 4, 2013 Time:  1PM
Location:  Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost:  Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Learn how to sustain your garden naturally as we tour the GFE staff.  We’ll discuss the natural plant care techniques we use and answer your questions. This tour is FREE!

GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

Date:  Saturday, May 11, 2013 Time:  10AM – 12 NOON
Location:  Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost:  $25/$15 for members

Year-round gardening is one of our favorite things about the Bay Area and now, as we find ourselves in the heart of spring, it’s time to start thinking about our summer food production! Join us for this class which we offer every month for seasonal-specific instruction for year-round vegetable gardening.

This month we’ll cover:

- Vegetables to plant in Spring and when to harvest them

- Seasonal Spring Plant Care

- Seasonal Soil Fertility and garden bed preparation

This workshop is $25/$15 members, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information please visit http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org.

GARDEN TOUR: WATER-WISE GARDENING

Date:  Saturday, May 11, 2013 Time:  1PM
Location:  Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost:  Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Join us for an informative tour of Garden for the Environment’s climate-appropriate demonstration garden focusing on water-wise gardening techniques and plants appropriate for San Francisco’s Summer-Dry Climate. Learn how you can create a beautiful garden with plants that need little or no summer water. It’s good for the environment and for the water bill! This tour is FREE!

NATURAL PLANT CARE

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013 Time: 10AM – 12 NOON
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Sustain your garden naturally with simple and practical tips. We’ll teach you sustainable practices for controlling weeds, fertilizing, and controlling pests. This class will take you a step closer to a beautiful and bountiful non-toxic garden.

Topics covered include:
Weed control
Value of mulch
Non-toxic weed control
Moisture and weed seed germination
Growing healthy plants
Alternatives to chemical fertilizers
Natural pest management
Beneficial Insects vs. harmful Insects

URBAN BEEKEEPING 101
Date:  Saturday, June 1, 2013 Time:  10AM – 12 NOON
Cost:  $25/$15 for members

Are you interested in learning how to keep bees even though you live in an urban environment? Join GFE and local beekeeping instructor Paul Koski of the San Francisco Beekeeper Association for an introduction to urban beekeeping and learn how to manage an urban honey beehive in San Francisco. In this introductory class participants will learn about beekeeping supplies and equipment, where to get bees, and how to install them into a hive. The class will be concerned with honeybee biology, responsibilities of urban beekeepers, the importance of bees for pollination and honey production. Topics for discussion will include honeybee castes, colony seasonal dynamics, hive components and keys to success for keeping honeybees in an urban area. If weather permits, we plan to open a hive to give participants an up-close look into an active honeybee colony. This workshop is $25/$15 members, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is required.

URBAN COMPOSTING

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013 Time: 10AM – 12 NOON
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Department of the Environment

Summer can be a great time to start a new compost pile as you begin spending more time in your garden!  Join GFE as we discover how to turn those leftovers, either from the garden or the kitchen, into “black gold”. This fun, hands-on workshop teaches methods for both backyard and worm composting for all seeking to enrich the bounty of their garden and reduce their ecological footprint.  Come learn what you can do to improve your garden and prevent organic waste from ending up in the landfill! Rot on! This workshop is FREE!

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The Garden for the Environment is wheelchair accessible.
http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org (415) 558-8246 EMAIL: info@gardenfortheenvironment.org
CONTACT:  Garden for the Environment, Executive Director, Blair Randall, Maggie Guerra, Programs Manager

April 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

San Francisco Muesuem of Craft and Design

So exciting to hear that the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design will open up its doors this coming weekend on 3rd street in the Dogpatch!

To find out more visit their website: http://sfmcd.org/

April 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

SF Urban Orchards program

The San Francisco Urban Orchard Program is accepting applications for the Great January Fruit Tree program!

SF Environment is working with Friends of the Urban Forest to plant 200 fruit trees in January 2013. The trees will be planted at twenty locations throughout the city, targeting school and community gardens as well as other publicly accessible private spaces.

Friends of the Urban Forest and their tree stewards will help identify and prepare planting locations within their gardens, assist with tree selection, and provide care to trees until they’re established. Tree stewards will take on day-to-day tree care, such as ensuring the tree is watered and enjoying and sharing the fruit.

To become a tree steward and have fruit trees planted in your garden, contact douglybeck@fuf.net for more information and to be placed on the outreach list.

Repost from http://sfenvironment.org/news/update/san-franciscos-urban-orchards-program

November 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

LOVE YOUR PARKS DAY!

This Saturday is Love Your Parks Day and each of the 10 districts will have a special event. There’s truly something for everyone, and for FREE!

To find out more please visit: http://www.loveyourparksday.org/

 

May 16, 2012 at 4:02 am Leave a comment

Real estate update

According to CNNMoney, home sales continue to improve across the country. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that the annual sales pace in December reached 4.6 million homes, up 5% from November’s pace and 3.5% from a year ago.

It was the third straight month of improvement in the pace of sales. Obviously, homebuyers are feeling a bit better about the market across the nation – the result of record low mortgage interest rates, job growth and bargain home prices.

Let’s hope this trend continues.

January 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

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