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Stephanie Ciancio

24 neighbors want buildings to have useful roofs for water, plants, energy, people & food in San Francisco.

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As Bay Area cities densify rapidly, we loose open space and green space, but much of that footprint can be reclaimed on the top of buildings. There are challenges in access and structural capability for existing structures, but much can be done with the building stock we have and the buildings our cities allow to join the landscapes. 

Benefits of living green roofs include: 
- Stormwater Management - Water Quality Improvement - Watershed and Sewer system protection
- Heat Mitigation - Air Quality Improvement
- Wildlife Habitat Conservation, Creation, and Restoration  - Integration into Natural Surroundings
- Fostering a Sense of Community - Job creation - Increased Roof Longevity
-Reduced Energy Consumption and Costs - Synergy with Solar Power
-Visual Relief - -Noise and sound Insulation

A Green Roof Task Force has been formed to look into what the current roofscape looks like in San Francisco, and how policy and incentives could bring about better roofs and a future of no wasted space. Members include representatives from SPUR, SF Environment, SFPUC, SFDBI, SF Planning, Green Roof Alliance, BOMA, Arup, Webcor, and Tishman Speyer. Findings will be first applied to San Francisco, but will be published to be shared with other cities - we need to make this regional.

Due to the San Francisco Stormwater Management Ordinance, new buildings must manage their runoff utilizing tools including rainwater capture and/or planted roofs. With creative design, we can do a lot with roofs - build cisterns into podiums, pair sedum with solar panels, give building occupants a healthy activity in growing food for themselves!






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Bridget

"Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to create the country’s most comprehensive green roofs requirement. This legislation, which along with Supervisor Wiener’s previous solar roofs ordinance, creates a broad Better Roofs Program for new developments in San Francisco.

The new legislation builds on the existing solar requirement authored by Supervisor Wiener, which requires that at least 15% of new roofs in buildings up to 10 stories in height must have solar installed. The green roof option will allow developers to replace solar with green roof at a rate of 2 square feet of green roofs for every 1 square foot of solar. That means that instead of doing 15% of the roof area at solar, developers can do 30% of the roof area as green roofs, or, more likely a combination of the two.

“Green roofs are a major tool in our fight against climate change and to improve sustainability,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Our rooftops are a largely untapped resource that we need to put to work in our dense urban environment. Green roofs will make our air cleaner, our buildings more energy efficient, and our environment healthier. I’m proud that we are continuing to advance aggressive and innovative solutions to fight climate change in San Francisco and serve as a model for the entire country.”

medium.com/@Scott_Wiener/board...

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Posted Oct 28, 2016
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Dan

"This fall, researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, are launching a “living laboratory” on the roof of a new campus building, with hopes of learning what types of green roofing materials work best.

The lab consists of various green roof setups, rain gardens and planters designed for optimal stormwater management called “bioretention” planters. The four planters are tricked out with soil sensors to monitor how much water, flowing out of a downspout, is captured by the “medium,” the mix of sand or soil that the plants take root in."

nextcity.org/daily/entry/green...

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Posted Aug 23, 2017
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Donavon Brutus

Love this idea.

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Posted Jul 26, 2017
Dan
Dan
Jul 26, 2017

100%

Posted by Dan on Jul 26, 2017
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Dan

Scott Weiner pushing this at the state level now 🙌

"Now, more than ever, California must lead on climate. In that spirit, today I’m introducing legislation to make California the first state in the nation to require solar panels on new buildings. Previously, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I authored similar solar legislation, making San Francisco the first large American city to adopt a solar rooftop requirement. The San Francisco legislation required installation of solar panels on the roofs of all new residential and commercial buildings between one and ten stories."

medium.com/@Scott_Wiener/lets-...

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Let’s require solar panels on new buildings in California

In a few weeks, the Trump Administration will take over Washington and bring with it a bevy of climate deniers — people in the pocket of…

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Posted Jan 9, 2017
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Dan

Good news ... Supervisor Weiner proposed legislation that will add green roofs, also known as living roofs, as an option to meet existing solar mandate requirement, making San Francisco the first city in the country with a comprehensive solar and green roof requirement.

medium.com/@Scott_Wiener/press...

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Posted Sep 6, 2016
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Dan

"France approved a law last week that requires the roofs of new commercial buildings be covered—at least in part—by either solar panels or plants."

news.nationalgeographic.com/en...

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Posted Apr 22, 2015
Stephanie Ciancio
Stephanie Ciancio
Apr 29, 2015

SF Planning and the Green Building Team is following the news and talking to European urbanists about this!

Planning in particular has been working a lot on outreach, case studies, and gathering best practices for projects and city policies. Check out their webpage www.sf-planning.org/greenroof

Posted by Stephanie Ciancio on Apr 29, 2015
Dan
Dan
Apr 30, 2015

Thanks Stephanie!

Posted by Dan on Apr 30, 2015
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Tom K.

Great PDF roadmap for green roofs in SF prepared by SPUR »

www.spur.org/files/spur-report...

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Posted Oct 30, 2013
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Tom K.

A local delegation reports on a recent visit to Switzerland to study the covering of thousands of buildings with living roofs. The Swiss model of green roofs is lighter, cheaper and richer in biodiversity than many American counterparts. How can we learn to develop a sustainable, affordable model to better reap the benefits of green roofs?

+ Laura Tam / SPUR
+ Mary Ellyn Johnson / Swissnex
+ Kay Cheng / San Francisco Planning Department
+ Lisa Lee Benjamin / EvoCatalyst
+ Jeff Joslin / San Francisco Planning Department

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Posted Oct 6, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Oct 8, 2013

Hi Stephanie, I forgot that there a pedestrian safety committee meeting this evening so I won't be able to make it tonight. Would you mind giving a brief rundown of what happened for others that couldn't make it?

Posted by Tom K. on Oct 8, 2013
Stephanie Ciancio
Stephanie Ciancio
Oct 11, 2013

This was one of my favorite events on green roofs, because it was picture based with key-takeaways from experts from different fields who formed a delegation visiting Swiss Roofs. There, green roofs are ubiquitous, less costly, and more biodiverse. Granted, their industry is more developed and their climate wetter. But here are the lessons that arose from the visit (see next window)

Posted by Stephanie Ciancio on Oct 11, 2013
Stephanie Ciancio
Stephanie Ciancio
Oct 11, 2013

I made my first wordpress blog post for this. (I have a lot to learn as far as layout goes, but focus on the words :) wp.me/p3FWIC-c via

Posted by Stephanie Ciancio on Oct 11, 2013
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A. L. Pisani

It's embarrassing that we have all this wasted space above our heads. Understanding that not every roof is reinforced properly, I think there should be a push for uses on roofs.

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Posted Oct 6, 2013
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Tom K.

This picture is great. Why can't we get 10X more of this in SF?!?

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Posted Oct 3, 2013
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