Buildings & Environments

The threads of the urban tapestry
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SF is habitat for more than 800,000 people‚ meeting their needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry as well as green building in the City, helping residents and businesses alike harness the environmental opportunities our buildings present.

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Environmentally responsible and resource-efficient processes throughout a building's life cycle: siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction.

 

Trees are a vital component of the ecosystem - especially in a city. They filter stormwater, reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases, help save energy, increase property values, provide wildlife habitat, improve public safety, and benefit human health. San Francisco’s urban forest includes about 669,000 trees, covering 12 percent of the City's surface area.

 

Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating food within the boundaries of a city. 

 

San Francisco is located in a global biodiversity hotspot. Our city contains dozens of natural ecological communities, harboring a diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, rare and endangered species, and over 450 native plants.