Environmental & Cleantech
- Named Cleantech Capital of North America by Cleantech Group
- Ranked ‘Greenest City on America’ on an October 2016 WalletHub list
- Awarded the World Green Building Council’s Leadership Award for Excellence in City Policy for Green Building
- Around 20 Cleantech Venture Capital (VC) firms with 22% of total investment through Cleantech VC funding
- Over 40 Cleantech companies in the Bay Area
- 8 companies on the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 list are headquartered in San Francisco, and 27 are headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area
- 1st in the Clean Edge’s Clean Tech Leadership Metro Index since 2013
- 1st in Advanced Transportation with the most electric vehicles in use(248,502 total) and the most electric vehicles in use (41,533 total)
- 2nd in the Green Buildings category
- 2nd in clean tech investment, innovation & workforce: $3,725.79 total venture capital, or $800.19 per capita out of 358 deals
- 2nd in Clean Electricity & Carbon Management: 30.5% of energy is generated from Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydro and Biomass
- 4th in clean energy patents granted: 151.6 patents per 1 million people with a total of 706 patents
Commitment to Cleantech
- Of 1,381 taxis, nearly 15% are clean air vehicles.
- 97% of San Francisco taxis in 2013 were clean vehicles, compared with only 16% in 2008.
- 69% of all waste-stream materials are recycled as of 2008.
- Nation’s largest city-owned solar project atop the Moscone Convention Center, generating 676-kilowatt of electricity and $600,000 in annual utility savings.
- San Francisco managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23% between 1990 and 2012, more than their initial goal of 20%. The City is on track to reducing emissions by 25% and 40% below 1990 levels by 2017 and 2025, respectively.
- The Sustainability Plan has developed goals for a wealth of good environmental ideas, and most have been put in place over the past decade.
- Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) is a partnership of businesses committed to making the San Francisco Bay Area a model of commercial climate stewardship by following the five Principles for Climate Leadership.
- Two environmental ballot measures passed in 2016. Measure AA in June approved a parcel tax to fund Bay Area wetlands, and Proposition E in November shifted responsibility for maintenance of trees on public streets and sidewalks from private property owners to the City.
- Food Service Waste Reduction Ordinance requires all restaurants and food vendors to not use Styrofoam food service ware and instead use food ware that is recyclable or compostable.
- Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance requires the use of compostable plastic, recyclable paper and/or reusable checkout bags by stores located in the City of San Francisco.
- Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance requires all persons to separate their recyclables, compostable and landfilled trash and to participate in recycling and composting programs.
- AB 796 passed thought California state legislature and established a program to provide financial assistance in the form of loan guarantees and energy output insurance guarantees to California-based entities.
- The City has 27 electric vehicle charging stations in 12 City-owned public parking facilities, and another 23 at Treasure Island and SFO.
- San Francisco hosted the first startup accelerator company exclusively for the Cleantech industry, Greenstart.
- The Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance of 2011 requires all buildings over 10,000 sq. ft. to track and report energy use annually and to complete an energy efficiency audit every five years.
- The City aims to have zero waste, or send no waste to landfills or incineration facilities, by 2020. The City diverted nearly 80% of waste from landfills in 2012, the highest of any U.S. city.
- San Francisco is committed to having the greenest transit fleet in the United States. More than half of Muni vehicles are powered by hydroelectric power and do not generate carbon dioxide emissions, and the system is on track to reduce its carbon emissions by the targeted goal by 2017-2018.
- San Francisco was the first city in the U.S. to enact a green products purchasing rule specifying that city staff buy green supplies over environmentally harmful ones.
- Pioneered pilot projects for tidal power and biodiesel production.
- Although the city’s population is growing, its car ownership is declining. Between 2000 and 2012, 88% of new households that moved to the City were car-free.
- 27% of the San Francisco hotels listed on TripAdvisor have been included in the Green Leaders program, compared with 15% of hotels in New York City and 8% of hotels in Los Angeles.
- The City has 118.5 million LEED certified square feet with 89% of the properties receiving an LEED platinum, gold, or silver certification. Platinum is the highest possible LEED level possible.
- In 2012, San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring municipal projects greater than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification.
- SFO Terminal 2 was the first U.S. airport to achieve LEED Gold Certification. SFO’s new air traffic control tower has also obtained LEED Gold status.
- A Treasure Island development project won LEED Platinum Certification, the highest possible level, in 2016.
- Six major hotels in San Francisco are LEED-certified.
- San Francisco City Hall has become the oldest building to receive the LEED Platinum Certification, the highest level of certification from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
- AT&T Park is the first major league ballpark to receive a LEED silver certification.