SPUR Lunchtime Forum: The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Metrics for a greener city

"The Sustainable Sites Initiative is the nation’s first rating system for the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes. This missing link in green design has the potential to reshape urban landscape design. Learn about the program’s new ratings system, and hear about case studies that demonstrate the process of landscape measurement. With April Philips, principal at April Philips Design Works and a founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Sustainable Design & Development Professional Practice Network, Allegra Bukojemsky of Biohabitats and current chair of the Sustainable Design & Development PPN and Deb Guenther, principal at Mithun and ASLA’s representative for the development of the SSI."

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This Week in Livable Streets Events

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SPUR’s discussion series is back in force this week, with talks ranging from great streets to parking. Across the Bay, this week also holds important opportunities to give input on BRT and help out the local bike coalition. Here are the highlights: Monday: Community Meeting: Oakland BRT. Come to this community meeting to make sure […]

EcoDistrict Presentation: Investigating New Business Models to Make Cities Smarter and More Successful

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From sf-planning.org: ECODISTRICT PRESENTATION SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 | 1:30 – 2:30 PM Investigating New Business Models to Make Cities Smarter and More SuccessfulTom Osdoba will discuss how district-scale frameworks can help cities to increase and accelerate innovation toward more sustainable outcomes, and how this approach fosters local business development, engages the community and helps organize capital for needed community […]

SF Planning Department: EcoDistrict Community Kick-Off

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From sf-planning.org: An EcoDistrict is a sustainable development strategy that the city is employing in the Central Corridor plan area to accommodate growth while meeting environmental goals. This strategy requires strong partnerships between the public and private sector. Join us to learn more about EcoDistricts and discover the role the community and private stakeholders have […]

Water in the urban landscape

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From SPUR: Recognized as leaders in the planning and development of beautiful, innovative land and waterscape developments, Charles Brucker of Atelier Dreiseitl and Jon Schleuning of SRG Partnership will share new ideas in sustainable development and team integration. A range of scales will be examined, from the San Francisco Urban Watershed Framework to the University of Washington’s […]

San Mateo Adopts Vision Zero and LOS Reform With Sustainable Streets Plan

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With the adoption of its Sustainable Streets Plan on Tuesday, San Mateo’s City Council has embraced several major transportation policy reforms, including Vision Zero and reforming car-oriented street design and development practices. The Sustainable Streets Plan lays out detailed design guidelines for complete streets, envisioning “a transportation system that is sustainable, safe, and healthy and supports […]