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City Of San Francisco Declares September 25-30th "Green Building Week"

In an effort to advance sustainable residential building in the Bay Area, the City of San Francisco has announced plans to support the world's largest ever residential green building conference: West Coast Green.

In a Resolution filed July 25th and approved by Mayor Gavin Newsom August 2nd, the Board of Supervisors declared the last week in September "Green Building Week".

The Resolution specifically called for The Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department, the Department of the Environment and the Mayor's Office on Housing to help organize and promote the West Coast Green Conference, as well as future educational events and programs focusing on resource-efficient building.

San Francisco's environmental code requires that all new municipal construction attain the "LEED Silver" standard. The city is also one of the first in the US to provide priority permitting for private sector building projects that meet or exceed LEED ratings, a green building standard established by the US Green Building Council. To date, LEED has been adopted by 8 federal agencies, 20 states and 41 U.S. city and county governments as the green standard in the construction of all municipal facilities.

"The City of San Francisco is honored to host the first major residential green building event on the West Coast. Green building is increasingly recognized as essential to the health of your citizens, businesses and communities," said Mark Palmer, Green Building Coordinator for the Department of the Environment, City and County of San Francisco. "We look forward to this key event!"

The West Coast Green Conference and Expo balances high and professional conference standards while reaching out to the consumer. "Homeowner Day" (September 30th) is designed to give the public an opportunity to learn first-hand about how to build, renovate and explore within the green residential market, all first-hand.

In addition to multiple presentations by representatives of the City of San Francisco, keynote speakers include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and trade innovators Ed Mazria and Sarah Susanka. Over 120 other speakers - all top leaders in the fields of green architecture, engineering, planning, design and building supply - will address attendees on diverse topics. More than 250 exhibitors will showcase the latest innovations in resource-efficient materials along with green and healthy building products.

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