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Equity, Environmental Efficiency, and SFpark: A Case for Eyes on the Street

  • May 7, 2014 · 6:30 PM

Dan Chatman, Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

SFPark is a demand-responsive pricing system of on-street parking in San Francisco. First piloted in 2011, SFpark seeks to reduce congestion and pollution by using a system of wireless sensors to aggregate minute by minute data about occupancy and determine how to set prices to achieve the goal of eliminating parking search by ensuring there is always at least one parking space open on every block. The program has won a number of awards for environmental sustainability and innovative uses of technology. This presentation builds upon SFPark’s data with extensive in-the-field, in-person observations and makes the case for traditional methods of data collection in an increasingly automated world. 

Dan Chatman is a faculty member in UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning, with research interests including travel patterns and the built environment; residential and workplace location choice; "smart growth" and municipal fiscal decision making; and the connections between public transportation, immigration and the economic growth of cities. His research relies heavily on original data collection such as surveys, focus groups and interviews. Ongoing and recently completed research projects include studies addressing which U.S. transit systems succeed and why; the implications of immigration trends for sustainable development and economic growth; the relationship of transit investments to agglomeration economies in U.S. cities; the effect of dynamic parking pricing on occupancy and use of on-street parking in San Francisco; and the relationship between residential location, commuting, and happiness.

RSVP list to open two weeks in advance.


• 6.30 to 7:00 pm:   light refreshments

• 7:00 to 8:00 pm:   talks + QA 

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  • Erin H.

    Thanks for a great event! I spoke with several of you about an effort to evaluate performance of baseline energy models-details are below for anyone interested:

    LBNL, QuEST, and DOE are developing testing protocols that can be applied by utilities, ESCOs and engineers to assess the performance of automated M&V methods. Methodologies will assess the accuracy with which baseline models created from meter (and other) data predict future energy use. A formal Invitation for Bids will be issued in July 2014 to solicit unique baseline models from the public. At this time, we are seeking input via a short Request for Information (RFI) to inform the scope and guidelines in the future Invitation for Bids. Participation in this RFI is optional and has no bearing on evaluation of full bids. Please submit responses prior to 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014. The RFI only takes a few minutes to complete, and we thank you for your time and input:

    May 17, 2014

  • Justin

    Thanks for a great meetup and presentation last night! If anyone is interested in learning more about smart parking or seeing how far the technology has advanced since the first year of SFPark, check out our website (, or shoot me an email at [masked]

    May 8, 2014

  • James

    Great to see everyone last night! If anyone wants to know more about Open Utility, please visit or email me on [masked]

    May 8, 2014

  • Mimi Z.

    I am helping PG&E recruit volunteers for a research project validating smart meter load disaggregation. Volunteers will have access to their appliance-level usage and get to keep a monitoring system (~$10k) that can measure detailed energy use of major appliances. Please email me for more info: [masked]

    May 7, 2014

  • Saptarshi Joy G.

    Can we bring our cycles inside the building?

    May 7, 2014

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