Robyn Purchia

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

The booms and busts in the population of anchovies

California anchovies are almost exclusively sold abroad as food for fish farms and bait for tuna.

Meal planning can help reduce food waste

More data, research needed to help city, residents make more efficient use of resources

As summer starts, San Francisco’s job market is heating up.

City’s zero waste efforts produce jobs

Don’t rubberstamp Verizon wireless antenna proposal

Last week’s hearing at the San Francisco Board of Appeals was reminiscent of the mythical battle between David and Goliath.

Trees are necessary for San Francisco’s future

Earlier this week, San Franciscans had the rare opportunity to leave their light sweaters at home and take their shorts out for a spin.

Today’s kids are working to save the planet

Room 205b at Grattan Elementary School in Ashbury Heights looks like the classrooms I sat in as a kid.

Which is better: Plastic bag or cotton tote?

Although San Francisco and California have both banned plastic bags, many city stores continue to make the contraband item available.