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Green Report Cards

Sustainable Buildings, Healthy Communities

The San Francisco Public Library is renovating and building new libraries across the city, creating vibrant, modern hubs for community learning, engagement, and sharing of information, ideas, and resources. Whether used for enthusiastic storytimes or quiet contemplation, for homework, picking up the latest bestseller or new DVD release, public libraries reflect the values and needs of the neighborhoods they serve.

In San Francisco, our public libraries reflect a commitment to sustainability - to building and maintaining healthy, diverse communities. To ensure that our library buildings show that commitment, SFPL worked closely with the San Francisco Bureau of Architecture to evaluate each library facility according to nationally recognized guidelines for sustainable design and construction. New and renovated libraries are reviewed in five key areas used by the U. S. Green Building Council program known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality - in these branch library report cards: