From March through May, BC3’s Ideas Hub theme is “Sustainable Mobility and Transportation”. This post is the first in a series that will unpack San Francisco’s climate action goal in regards to transportation and profile how local businesses can change their transportation/commuting policies to reduce their carbon footprint in the sector and assist the city in reaching this goal.
Transportation is one of the main sectors contributing to climate change in the United States, accounting for 27% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Here in San Francisco, transportation emissions make up 43% of the city’s carbon footprint, which is why the City of San Francisco has made reducing personal automobile trips a major part of its climate action strategy. In this post, we explain San Francisco’s ambitious sustainable mobility goal, look at how the City is doing so far, and identify some of the strategies that will get our community the rest of the way.
Press Release: Northern California Employers Help Employees Install Record Amount of Residential Solar
Benefit program makes going solar and purchasing electric vehicles easier, more affordable
San Francisco, Calif., February 23, 2015 -- The San Francisco Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) announced today that a recently concluded round of SunShares -- a group discount benefit program for residential solar energy – enabled employees of major employer organizations across Northern California to install 1.4 megawatts (MWs) of residential solar energy systems in just three months.
Through the SunShares program, fourteen organizations, including Autodesk, Blue Shield of California, the City and County of San Francisco, Genentech, PG&E, University of California San Francisco, United Airlines, and Webcor Builders, pooled the purchasing power of 150,000 employees to offer discounts on rooftop solar systems, as well as access to free educational workshops and home solar assessments.
BC3 fellow Emily Summerlin recently had the chance to chat with Aaron Daly, Global Energy Coordinator for Whole Foods Market, and Brian Monk, Director of Property Operations for Hilton SF Union Square about their participation in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge SWAP The swap entailed energy teams from Whole Foods Market and Hilton Worldwide swapping facilities to “learn from each other and produce even greater savings”. The experiment enabled the teams to identify areas in their own operations where they could improve energy efficiency, and the whole experience was filmed and produced as a three-part reality television series. Find the first episode of the SWAP below, and visit the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP website to see the rest.
As the influx of visitors, rounds of fireworks, and illuminated skyscrapers may have indicated, San Francisco hosted the 50th annual Super Bowl this past Sunday. Though the actual game was played in Santa Clara at Levi’s Stadium, related activities spilled over into the city of San Francisco in the week leading up to the game. The Super Bowl may have come and gone, but it didn’t leave the city without a lasting impact that goes beyond the Broncos’ name on the Vince Lombardi trophy.
The goal of this year’s big game (and associated activities and celebrations) was to be the greenest and most sustainable one yet, setting a precedent for future Super Bowl games and other large sporting events. This may sound like a tall order to fill, but there’s almost certainly no better place to try and realize this goal than in San Francisco, one of the greenest cities in the country.
At an event hosted jointly by the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) and the U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter (USGBC), professionals working to address climate change in a diverse array of roles gathered at Google San Francisco to discuss how business and government can work together to make San Francisco a leader in implementing the goals laid out at the COP 21 climate talks.
Mina Kim, host of KQED Radio’s Friday Forum, moderated a discussion featuring leaders from the corporate sustainability community, City of San Francisco, and State of California.
Energy as a climate action can be hard to measure. When given the phrase “reducing energy use” everyone thinks of turning the lights off, but when pushed to think about more ways to save energy, many automatically jump to hard tasks such as installation of solar panels or switching out larger home appliances with Energy Star equivalents. The latter tasks are great ways to reduce your overall energy use, but they can be difficult to accomplish due to availability and cost. So, once again we are back to turning off the lights which reduces energy and is cost effective, but is this really the only easy thing we can do? and does the easy stuff even matter
This post was written by BC3 Climate Action Fellow Victoria Chames
This post is part 5 in a series of COP21 blogs tracking the progression of the historic conference. Part 1: Looking Ahead to this November's Paris Climate Conference, part 2: Businesses Supporting Efforts on the Road to Paris. part 3: Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities Provide Proof that Climate Action is Building Worldwide, and part 4: How Bay Area Companies are Supporting Climate Negotiations in Paris.
A universal, legally binding agreement on climate change has been in the works for many years, but has never been fully achieved...until now! The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) took place from November 30 to December 12, 2015, in Paris, France. On December 12th, 195 nations stood together and agreed to adopt the Paris Agreement. The agreement will be open for signatures in April 2016, and will come into force in January 2020. Below is a series of highlights from the Paris Agreement which provide a framework for climate change mitigation and adaptation for the remainder of this century and how San Francisco can help contribute to these climate goals.
This post was written by BC3 Climate Action Fellow Victoria Chames.
As climate negotiations continue in Paris, many of the San Francisco Bay Area's largest businesses are pledging to do their part and calling on world leaders to take strong action to address climate change. Here's a look at some of the commitments and public statements BC3 member companies and their peers in the Bay Area have made ahead of COP 21:
BC3 thanks these companies for demonstrating their support for a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a sustainable future and for ongoing leadership in local climate solutions!
Holiday season is in full swing and BC3 is ready to make it a zero waste season. To prepare for the big feasts coming up, we decided to put together our own Zero Waste Holiday Checklist.
Image Credits : Write graphic by Taras Shypka from Flaticon is licensed under CC BY 3.0.Made with Logo Maker
So we have all heard of carbon footprints, but what about chemical footprints? In many ways the types and amounts of chemicals a company uses through their supply chain, production, and output can have a larger impact on the environment than the company’s carbon output. Last Tuesday, BC3 met with Dr. Sally Edwards to discuss the details of the Chemical Footprint Project, a program that encourages greater chemicals management in companies and publicly recognizes leaders in the field. Dr. Edwards explained what a chemical footprint project is and why it matters to businesses. In order to get a good feel for a company’s chemical footprint and why it is important, BC3 decided to walk through a simplified example, Company A.
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