Posts Tagged ‘certified’

POP QUIZ: Why Would Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cost Less than Regular Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Organic left, non-organic right – the organic is one dollar cheaper. Why is that?

Look closer:

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Some of the deets are here.

(And one time, organic bananas were $1.39 per bunch and the nons were $1.99. It was a crazy time.)

Choose wisely.

Ask Yourself This: Are Your Hustlers Properly Certified?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Chinese character there means “house,” if that helps…

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And the bit on the shoulder means, “Don’t Mess With Texas,” I think…

Uh, What’s This, Examiner: “Obama’s Birth Certificate is a Certified Fake According to Experts?”

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Uh, so this is the way it’s going to be for the next half-decade or so, with a bunch of people yammering about a birth certificate and Photoshop?

(Oh, what’s that, Examiner, this isn’t The Examiner, it’s some other Examiner that you also happen own? Thanks for clearing that up.)

You know what this is like, it’s just like those architects and engineers for 9/11. So it’s like “I’m an expert and in my opinion this is what occurred. My theory is “certified” by me, the expert, or something.”

O.K. fine.

All right, I’m off to Costco to shop for my panic room, you know, before The Rapture this Saturday…

SFO’s New Terminal Two Will Be “Sustainable?” Sign Up Now For the T2 Kick-Off on April 9th – Party With 11 Thin White People

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Here are the bus ads around town these days.

See? Terminal 2 has arrived. April, 2011

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Now, is this something to get excited about?

Well, as always, You Make The Call. Hey, why not show up for the FREE SFO T2 Community Open House on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 and decide for yourself.

But hurry, they’re running out of the tickets that you all will need to get in. Check it:

(As promised, there are 11 thin White People on the invite page. Count them for yourself, why not? Where’s Waldo ‘n stuff.)

As you might have expected, Inside Scoop’s Paolo Lucchesi is all over the food sitch at our new T2. All’s I can say is that it all should be pretty pricey, but, prove me wrong, SFO, prove me wrong.

Now, leaving aside the big picture of labeling anything to do with jet travel sustainable,* I’m a little baffled as to how a “cage-free” egg is a “sustainable” egg, but oh well.

All the deets:

Concessions Program

The airport expects its food and beverage tenants to provide sustainable food to the greatest extent possible.  Expectations include using:
  • organic, local products
  • organic or natural meats
  • rBST-free dairy products
  • cage-free antibiotic eggs
  • sustainable seafood
  • fairly traded organic coffee
  • non-modified agricultural products
  • no artificial color, flavor or additives
  • non-hydrogenated oils
  • biodegradable to-go containers and utensils
  • compostable bio-resin or paper bottles for water
  • low- or no-phosphate detergents.

As with other tenants, SFO’s concession tenants are encouraged to use green building materials for their facilities and will be required to recycle and compost.”

O.K. fine.

I don’t know, I’m used to hearing all this overblown stuff from SFO. So it’s like yes, SFO  was ready for the long-delayed Airbus A380 superjumbo, but so what. And yes, Lufthansa will soon be using an A380 from Frankfurt daily, but it burns more fuel than the Boeing 747 it’s replacing, right? Well, the Mayor’s Office and SFO both reported that one wrong. Oh and then QANTAS was supposed to start flying A380s in and out of Millbrae, but, instead, they’re going to bug out of NorCal entirely due to a little corporate welfare (like 3 mil., something like that) from Texas, so maybe the Mayor’s Office and SFO were, once again, wrong/insanely optimistic about that as well?

Remembering when the T2 construction site was a vast ocean of free parking. Good times.

(Man, are they still flying three-decade-out-of-production DC9’s out of SFO? Or that’s a baby McDonnell Douglas MD-80 in the upper left? Can’t tell. No matter, flying dinosaurs they are regardless.)

So, we had a Terminal 2, then we shut it down, and now we’re opening it again. O.K.


Make that super-meh.

*Cheap international air travel using relatively cheap dino-juice is “sustainable?” Really? And instead of bringing food to the people, ’cause that’s unsustainable ‘n stuff, we’re bringing people to the food?

All the deets here and after the jump.

SFO: Ask about our recomposure zone!”**

**Srsly. (Call us when the shuttle lands, SFO.)


“SFO T2 Community Open House
Saturday, April 09, 2011 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco, CA

Ticket Information
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out

The City of San Francisco, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Airport Commission invite you to a special Community Open House to celebrate the Grand Opening of Terminal 2, SFO’s dazzling new terminal that elevates air travel to a new level of comfort, relaxation, beauty and fun – and all with a commitment to sustainability.

The Community Open House will feature food and beverage specials from T2’s new tenants, activities and entertainment provided by T2 partners and sponsors and local organizations. Discover how T2 + U = a greener way to travel! Compete in the Skytracker Eco-Challenge and see if you can score enough points to win exciting prizes and gifts, including a fabulous trip for two.

12 noon to 5 pm: Public Admission

Bring the family — this is a FREE event, open to everyone.

Contact: Event Coordinators: Winslow & Associates, Inc.
Phone: (415) 551-5190, Fax: (415) 551-5195,



Debut of Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market a Huge Success – Popular, If a Bit Pricey

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market kicked off yesterday and it’s already on the Yelp, believe it or not. A good time was had by all.

Mary Ladd has the deets on this latest way to grocery shop up in the Great White North. Check it.

 An anthropomorphic organic  hot dog/carrot welcomes you to the Safeway Gate at the back-door of Fort Mason:

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The mise-en-scene, not too far from our refugee Panhandle Bandshell. It’s big, baby.

Greens Restaurant is back there on the left. Mmmm….greens.

Is this a good price? No se.

Snap Pea-flavor Scream Sorbet –perche no?

And what else was up there but a mini showroom for Public Bikes, that joint from Dan Tan-Nguyen and others about town.

This event is a California Farmers’ Markets Association Certified Farmers’ Market, don’t you know:

It’ll run every Sunday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM all the way through October.

See you there!

Gold! Gold in Oakland! Shorenstein’s 555 12th Street is now LEED Gold Certified

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Gold! I love goooold! So you can imagine how I felt upon learning that 555 12th Street in Oakland City Center is the “first building in the Shorenstein Properties’ commercial real estate portfolio to be LEED Gold certified through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) program.”

Next stop: Platinum, baby. Maybe someday….

Here it is, deets below:

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Shorenstein Properties’ 555 12th Street Building in Oakland City Center Receives LEED(R) Gold Certification

First Shorenstein Asset to Earn Coveted Green Status

OAKLAND, Calif., November 13 /PRNewswire/ — Shorenstein-owned 555 12th Street in Oakland City Center is the first building in the company’s commercial real estate portfolio to be LEED Gold certified through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) program. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building employs strategies aimed at improving performance in: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.   The LEED EBOM certification of 555 12th Street comes some seven years after it opened in 2002.

“This is a major accomplishment,” said John Dolby, Shorenstein vice president and leasing manager at Oakland City Center. “We are very proud of Property Manager Diana Hernandez, Chief Engineer Mike Berry, and the entire 555 12th Street staff for their persistent efforts over the past 18 months.” He added, “We also recognize the importance of the participation of the building’s tenants.  Their cooperative spirit was a big factor in achieving the certification.”

The green building consulting firm of Simon & Associates coordinated the LEED certification process for the building. According to Raphael Sperry, AIA, LEED AP, the initial assessment was conducted in late spring of 2008 and work began in earnest in August 2008.  The building was officially designated as LEED Gold on October 31, 2009.

They go on and on – see you after the jump


The Green, Living Roof is Taking Over San Francisco: It’s LEED-Bait

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Do you crave Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council? Of course you do. So that’s why you need to instruct a gardner to get atop your latest project and start planting.

As here in the San Francisco Presidio, where the old Cavalry Barracks (the barracks on Schofield Road, not the Schofield Barracks) are getting a makeover. Look to the right as you speed through the Presidio from the Richmond District towards the Golden Gate Bridge in order to witness the progress. Soon, it will be just like the green-roofed California Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Contemporary Art Museum (CAMP).

Read all about it, below.


Can these roofs handle the change from red to Green?

Most likely.

The cavalry played a significant role in the life of the Presidio for more than 150 years, from 1776, when the first horse-mounted soldiers arrived with the Spanish army until the 1940s when the Presidio sold the last of its horses following World War II.  In the early part of the century, cavalry soldiers trained at the Presidio before shipping out to fight the war in the Philippines. Later, they would protect the state’s newly created national parks, Yosemite and King’s Canyon. 
Home for the cavalry soldiers of the time was a two-story, wood-frame barracks up the hill from the stables. Now, work is beginning on a complete and total rehabilitation of the 107-year old building. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of October.
“It’s a wonderful, rich building with a lot of character,” says Rob Wallace, an architect with the Presidio Trust. “Unlike a lot of buildings that have undergone similar rehabilitations, this building’s pretty much in tact. We’re really taking it back to the 1902 plan.”

Read more after the jump.


Burning the Midnight Oil at San Francisco’s New Federal Building

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

San Francisco’s famous New Federal Building on 7th Street (near the pizza-free Flank) might be too green for Platinum LEED status, but at least it illuminates the city at night, what with all these lights burning brightly.

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What happened to Lights Out SF? What happened to Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin’s “lights out” proposal?

Should the Watt Cops be called?

The 100% Solar-Powered House at Point Diablo in Beautiful Marin County.

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in this light house at Point Diablo in Marin County, California? You’d have great views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, that’s for sure.

Downsides of this location include the dangers of an occasional oil spill (like we had with the Cosco Busan) and the long walk up the stairs from where you’d dock your boat.

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The upside is that getting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification would be a piece of cake. You’d already have renewable energy and water-efficient landscaping, so making a few alterations could get easily get you certified up to silver, gold, platinum, whatever.

All that’s left to do is make an offer, move in and then meet the neighbors.

California Academy of Sciences Building Coming Along in Golden Gate Park

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Construction of the California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park proceeds apace. What is expected to be the largest and most visited green building in the world will have new admission prices that are 150% higher than before, but this thing should be popular nevertheless.