SF environment department chief Melanie Nutter resigns

The woman who led efforts to make San Francisco a greener city resigned from her position Jan. 8.

Melanie Nutter, director of the Department of the Environment, left the post to “spend more time with her family,” according to her letter of departure. 
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Her last day will be Jan. 31.

In her departure letter, Nutter said she will leave a “department that boasts many accomplishments from our 80% waste diversion rate to our office move into a space built to LEED specifications to the launch of new initiatives on biodiversity and adaptation.”

She had run the department since 2010, after being appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom.

“I thank Melanie Nutter for her leadership at the Department of Environment that has helped San Francisco make significant advances in its ambitious environmental goals, specifically the City’s zero waste and greenhouse gas reductions,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement. “Thanks to Melanie, the City’s Department of Environment is well-positioned to continue its visionary programs that have helped make San Francisco the Greenest City in North America. I wish Melanie well in her new
endeavors.”

No replacement for Nutter has been named, but a search will begin soon. Deputy Director David Assmann will be acting director, mayoral spokeswoman Christine Falvey said. 
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