Environmental & Cleantech
- Named “Smarter City – Energy” by the Natural Resources Defense
- Named Cleantech Capital of North America by Cleantech Group
- Received Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S.E.P.A. for in-city generation of green energy
- Awarded the World Green Building Council’s Leadership Award for Excellence in City Policy for Green Building
- Over 70 Cleantech Venture Capital (VC) firms with 22% of total investment through Cleantech VC funding
- Over 635 Cleantech companies in the Bay Area with 225 in San Francisco
- 10 companies on the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 list are headquartered in San Francisco
- 1st in Cleantech Leadership in Metropolitan Centers, Clean Edge Clean Tech Leadership Index since 2014
- 1st in Advanced Transportation with the most electric vehicles in use: a total of 223,331 Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV’s) with 30.7 HEV per 1,000 people
- 2nd in the Green Buildings category
- 2nd in clean tech investment, innovation & workforce: $2,645.39 total venture capital, or $575.83 per capita out of 317 deals
- 3rd in Clean Electricity & Carbon Management: 30.2% of energy is generated from Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydro and Biomass
- 4th in clean energy patents granted: 135.2 patents per 1 million people with a total of 621 patents
Commitment to Cleantech
- The City and County of San Francisco’s fleet of approximately 800 light duty clean vehicles.
- Of 1,381 taxis, nearly 15% are clean air vehicles.
- 69 percent of all waste-stream materials are recycled.
- Nation’s largest city-owned solar project atop the Moscone Convention Center, generating 676-kilowatt of electricity and $600,000 in annual utility savings.
- Climate Action Plan is committing the City to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% and 40% below 1990 levels by 2017 and 2025, respectively.
- San Francisco managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23% below 1990 levels which is more than their initial goal of reducing emissions by 20% by 2012.
- 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.
- 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 Cleantech Group celebrated its 10th anniversary with the Cleantech Forum by bringing together the world’s most innovative technology companies, top venture capitalists and investors, corporate leaders and policy makers to San Francisco.
- Reached a new milestone by operating 49 publicly accessible Electrical Vehicle charging stations at 14 locations.
- 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.
- Achieved 77 percent landfill diversion rates in 2010, surpassing the goal of 75 percent landfill diversion by 2010 and setting national recycling rate records.
- Committed to having the greenest transit fleet in the United States with more than half of the vehicles in the Muni fleet with zero emissions and with 39 percent of the City’s diesel fleet vehicles and equipment running on B20 biodiesel.
- 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.
- San Francisco is reducing automobile ownership and is turning to on-demand solutions such as Uber, Lyft, Zipcar etc. as well as bike and scooter sharing programs.
- Reduced the carbon footprint of the City by 14.5% over the past two decades.
- The City has 101.5 million LEED certified sq. ft. with over 53% of the properties receiving a LEED gold certification.
- Third city in the country with 248 buildings that earned Energy Star labels by 2010.
- In 2012, San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring municipal projects greater than 5,000 sq. ft. to earn LEED Gold certification.
- SFO Terminal 2 is the first U.S. airport to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
- 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.