The annual report of cities with green buildings was released, and I am surprised to say that San Francisco has fallen from second to third this year. In the San Francisco-area 173 buildings qualified for the EPA’s Energy Star label, down from 194 buildings in 2008, according to an article on SFGate this morning.
St. Anthony Foundation hopped on the green bandwagon a few years back when we began planning our new LEED certified Social Services Building at 150 Golden Gate. Now that we are all moved in and after a year of operation this new space has helped us not only meet the vastly increased demand for services in recent months, but has allowed us to do so without skyrocketing utilities costs.
In fact our building is one of the first green, gold-level LEED certified human services buildings in San Francisco. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, that verifies a building was designed and built with optimal energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
We are pretty darn proud of that and plan to continue finding ways to serve our poor and homeless neighbors in an efficient, eco-friendly and sustainable way.