SF Environment: Now at 1455 Market Street!

Monday, March 4, 2013

SF Environment at 1455 Market St, Ste.1200


The San Francisco Department of the Environment moved on Friday, March 1st! Our new office on Market Street is now open to the public.

Please update your records with our new address: 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA, 94103.

Our New Space

We are excited to announce that we have brought our offices to one central location on the 12th floor of 1455 Market Street between 10th and 11th Street, near Van Ness. Our new home will include 24,000 square feet of office space, along with a 1,000 square foot EcoCenter.

Our new space at 1455 Market Street is designed to exceed the City’s green building requirements for LEED Gold certification.

Green buildings aren’t just beneficial for the environment; they also create enhanced indoor environments for our staff and visitors! Green buildings save energy and water, have better lighting and ventilation and use less toxic materials.  These factors result in reduced absenteeism and increased employee recruitment and retention rates, and have even been shown to increase employee productivity. 

This coming week, after much anticipation, our SF Environment staff is settling in to the new office and discovering some of the LEED elements.

Some exciting steps we are taking to get LEED certified

Locating near transit: Our new office is adjacent to regional bus lines, MUNI buses & streetcars, and BART. In addition to bike lanes at our doorstep, we have bike storage, changing rooms, and showers for the 18 percent of our staff members who bike to work.

Prioritizing Reuse: A significant portion of furniture comes from our old offices. Where new furniture was needed, it’s Green Guard Certified - meeting rigorous standards for reducing chemical exposure and supporting indoor air quality.  We also retained most of the existing ventilation equipment serving our new space, and made targeted upgrades for efficiency.

Lighting efficiency: The lighting fixtures in our new office are 23 percent more efficient than required. Ambient lighting is soft, and all staff have LED task lamps to supplement when needed. The lights save energy by automatically adjusting in response to sunlight, and motion sensors turn off the lights if no one is in the room. By locating all private offices in the core of the building and using relatively low-profile furniture, all occupants have access to natural light and views of the outside. Bringing our staff together on one floor also encourages collaboration.  

Water efficiency: Thanks to low-flow toilets and water fixtures in the bathrooms and kitchen, our water efficiency will be 40 percent more efficient than required.

Making sure it all works: The design and construction are undergoing third-party commissioning, a process which confirms that all systems are operating as intended. On average, $1 invested in commissioning saves $4 in operations over the first five years of operations. 

Thanks to all of our Sponsors that helped us green our new space!

• CH2MHill
• Finelight
• Honeywell
• Lutron

• Rana Creek
• Webcor

• Philips
• Global Tap
• Johnsonite

• Fireclay
• Green Energy Innovations
• Labor International Union of North America
• Sims Metal Management
• Building Resources

For more information, including cash and in-kind sponsorship opportunities, contact Shawn Rosenmoss at (415) 355-3746.