Robyn Purchia

Is plant-based food always the best choice?

Curing a broken food system that’s wreaked such havoc is complicated.

Reducing the environmental impact of pet food

Pet owners, including myself, rarely consider the environmental paw-prints of our furry companions

Why trees are a social justice issue

Trees strengthen this social fabric by helping people stay healthy, safe and rooted

Some birds were no-shows in this year’s annual SF count

The loss of our local California Quail is even more concerning given how common they used to be in San Francisco.

Buy Nothing brings Christmas cheer without the waste

The many happy items, kids, parents and caretakers owe their gratitude to the Facebook group Buy Nothing (SF Families).

Finding the capitalist spirit this season, the good kind

Yes, capitalism can feel like a dirty word today.

This Thanksgiving, join Native Americans in fighting for the future of salmon

Like the Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock, the early colonizers of San Francisco relied on Native Americans for food and water.

Sustainable living a moral responsibility for faith-based organizations

Last month, delegates at the annual Episcopal Diocese of California convention in…

Are political flyers worth the waste they produce?

Whether leaflets, flyers, and doorknobs actually inform and influence voters is a good question.

Are Museum of Ice Cream sprinkles still littering beaches?

Eva Holman said she finds these relics from the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream at least four times a week.

Canoe journey to mark 50th anniversary of Indians occupation of Alcatraz

That strange, cold, memorable night marked the beginning of the 19-month Native American occupation of Alcatraz.

SF schools district unfairly discourages students from joining Climate Strike protests

The schools’ decision unfairly impacted young students whose parents couldn’t take them to the protest last week.

Compostable containers don’t end up where you think they do

For years, San Franciscans have used compostable plastic containers, cups and cutlery because it’s supposed to be the better environmental choice.

Is reuseable ware in the future of takeout food?

A new business will offer restaurants and food trucks reusable stainless steel containers to replace disposable foodware starting in October.

Hacking male-dominated environmental solutions

Numerous studies have highlighted differences between male and female responses to climate change.

The Trump administration blow to wild salmon

The ESA’s successes could be even greater if it wasn’t repeatedly stymied by a small group of special interests.

Green Space: Stop using banned items

Government regulations can only go so far; especially, when the bans aren’t paired with enforcement.

PG&E is holding up energy improvements in San Francisco

SFUSD’s goal may be difficult to achieve while PG&E still owns the distribution network.

Banning plastic water bottles at SFO is only a first step

We should also be talking about the water inside.

Researchers set out to map San Francisco’s past

Researchers plan to virtually re-construct the ecology and hydrology of San Francisco pre-European contact