Monday, July 31, 2017

BOMA San Francisco Government Affairs Committee Update: San Francisco Public Works Director, Mohammed Nuru

BOMA San Francisco leaders, Marty Smith, Chair and Justin Sacco, Vice Chair have been working with the members of BOMA's Government Affairs Committee to represent your interests.

Recently, the group met with Mohammed Nuru, Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW). Here is a brief summary (with a link to his presentation, below) for your edification:

Mohammed Nuru serves as director of the San Francisco Public Works, where he oversees one of the City’s largest and most complex operations with a 1,200-member work force and a $223 million annual operating budget. The department's active capital project portfolio exceeds $3 billion.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and City Administrator Naomi Kelly appointed him to the top Public Works’ post in August 2011. Prior to that, he served 11 years as the deputy director for operations.

Director Nuru manages and directs the department’s four divisions: operations, engineering, architecture and administration. Public Works’ responsibilities range from construction management, bridge design and sidewalk inspections to graffiti removal, street tree care and sewer repair. His maxim: Get it done.

Mr. Nuru manages a vast and impressive enterprise that is in charge of:
  • Cleans and resurfaces streets;
  • Plants and maintains trees;
  • Constructs, manages and designs facilities;
  • Graffiti mitigation;
  • Grants and enforces permits;
  • Inspects streets and sidewalks;
  • And so much more!
Please click here to review his presentation and learn more about how the SFDPW and Mr. Nuru work for you and a better San Francisco.

BOMA International Advocacy Update: ENERGY STAR® Program Included in House Appropriations Bill

ENERGY STAR® Program Included in House Appropriations Bill

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations passed a bill out of committee that included funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® program. Though questions remain about the future of the program, this is good news for the commercial real estate industry, which relies on ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager to benchmark building energy, waste and water.

This spring, the White House proposed cutting the program entirely, which prompted BOMA International and other industry groups to move quickly to advocate for its protection. BOMA’s advocacy staff met with senior staffers on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and sent a call to action alert asking BOMA members to weigh in with their support of ENERGY STAR. The inclusion of the program in the committee’s bill is a sign that these efforts are having an impact.

This is the first step in a long appropriations process, and BOMA International staff will continue to lobby Congress to support ENERGY STAR. In the meantime, it's not too late to write your members of Congress and tell them to support ENERGY STAR. To do so, please visit the BOMA Grassroots Action Center.