Robyn Purchia

Clockwise, from top left, Manny Yekutiel and candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock appeared in a virtual event dedicated to electing green Democrats to Georgia’s seats in the U.S. Senate. (Screenshot)

A green Georgia on our minds

San Franciscans can mobilize to help elect Democrats Warnock, Ossoff to Senate

Clockwise, from top left, Manny Yekutiel and candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock appeared in a virtual event dedicated to electing green Democrats to Georgia’s seats in the U.S. Senate. (Screenshot)
Tenderloin residents are finding benefits to having roads closed in the neighborhood. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Should there be fewer cars in the Tenderloin’s future?

The pandemic has opened San Franciscans’ eyes to new uses of urban streets

Tenderloin residents are finding benefits to having roads closed in the neighborhood. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Environmentalists are studying how the breakdown of a green mineral called olivine positively affects carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>

Let’s keep the climate restoration movement growing

Innovators’ and policymakers’ efforts to restore balance should be encouraged

Environmentalists are studying how the breakdown of a green mineral called olivine positively affects carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>
Many San Francisco residents – including parents whose kids are spending a lot of time in front of screens — are eagerly anticipating the reopening of The City’s playgrounds, including Helen Diller playground. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

Looking forward to the reopening of The City’s playgrounds

SF kids deserve the opportunity to get outside

Many San Francisco residents – including parents whose kids are spending a lot of time in front of screens — are eagerly anticipating the reopening of The City’s playgrounds, including Helen Diller playground. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)
Harper Fortgang, a student at Proof School in San Francisco, is a member of the award-winning Team Super Plants, which is growing California native plants with “supercharged” roots that fight climate change. (Courtesy Michael Yetman)

Green Space: Middle-school students attack climate change with ‘Super Plants’

SF team wins Cousteau-sponsored challenge with biodiversity project

Harper Fortgang, a student at Proof School in San Francisco, is a member of the award-winning Team Super Plants, which is growing California native plants with “supercharged” roots that fight climate change. (Courtesy Michael Yetman)
Bayview and Hunters Point residents and advocates are calling for city officials to help clean up their neighborhood. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)

Green Space: Seeking environmental justice in the Bayview

Residents who can’t breathe demand cleanup, reconsideration of India Basin project

Bayview and Hunters Point residents and advocates are calling for city officials to help clean up their neighborhood. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)
San Francisco could be taking steps to encourage people to drink good tap water from hydration stations safely during the pandemic. (Kevin S. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Green Space: The many benefits of free, tasty tap water

SF should fund safe use of hydration stations

San Francisco could be taking steps to encourage people to drink good tap water from hydration stations safely during the pandemic. (Kevin S. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Andy Goldsworthy’s sculpture “Spire” in the Presidio is among the treasures in San Francisco parks, which benefit from private funding in addition to tax dollars. (Courtesy photo)

Green Space: Pitch in to protect a city park

Enjoy – and support — S.F.’s open spaces

Andy Goldsworthy’s sculpture “Spire” in the Presidio is among the treasures in San Francisco parks, which benefit from private funding in addition to tax dollars. (Courtesy photo)
Successfully restored, San Francisco’s Crissy Field today is a wildlife habitat and natural spot that visitors and residents enjoy. (Courtesy photo)

Green Space: AB 3030 a good step toward improving natural resources

Law has support among scientists and environmentists, but some industries fear burdensome restrictions

Successfully restored, San Francisco’s Crissy Field today is a wildlife habitat and natural spot that visitors and residents enjoy. (Courtesy photo)
”I’m hearing about a large uptick in the amount of plastic bags and disposable foodware on the beaches,” said Eben Schwartz, outreach manager for the California Coastal Commission. (Courtesy photo)

Green Space: Stop trashing San Francisco

The pandemic has increased the use of single-use bags and take-out containers throughout The City

”I’m hearing about a large uptick in the amount of plastic bags and disposable foodware on the beaches,” said Eben Schwartz, outreach manager for the California Coastal Commission. (Courtesy photo)
Air monitoring equipment sits in a field below a development at Hunters Point Shipyard, where concerns linger about radioactive contamination.                                Kevin N. Hume/ 
S.F. Examiner

Green Space: Environmental groups fight for racial justice

Environmental justice activists have long fought some of these systemic acts of racial violence that are often less reported in the news

Air monitoring equipment sits in a field below a development at Hunters Point Shipyard, where concerns linger about radioactive contamination.                                Kevin N. Hume/ 
S.F. Examiner
Advocates say San Francisco agencies need to increase tree planting in The City as well as ensure that trees aren’t unnecessarily removed. Courtesy photo)

Green Space: Stop taking trees down

Growing SF’s urban canopy provides economic, environmental benefits

Advocates say San Francisco agencies need to increase tree planting in The City as well as ensure that trees aren’t unnecessarily removed. Courtesy photo)
A $1.8 million settlement between the San Francisco Herring Association and PG&E provided funding for a permit retirement program to help assure the urban herring fishery survives for future generations.(Courtesy photo)

Green Space: Saving the future of the herring fishery

“We’re not in the business to catch the last fish,” said Nick Sohrakoff, president and director of the San Francisco Bay Herring Research Association

A $1.8 million settlement between the San Francisco Herring Association and PG&E provided funding for a permit retirement program to help assure the urban herring fishery survives for future generations.(Courtesy photo)
Opportunities to plant trees and pick up trash were traded for virtual presentations on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last week. (Courtesy photo)

This year’s Earth Day celebration was quiet, but determined

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day last week wasn’t the moment many anticipated.

Opportunities to plant trees and pick up trash were traded for virtual presentations on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last week. (Courtesy photo)
With grocers closing their bulk food sections, and The City allowing stores to use plastic bags during the COVID-19 outbreak, it is more difficult to maintain an environmental ethos.                                 Courtesy photo

Green Space: Ways to stay environmentally conscious during the pandemic

Protecting public health can seem more important than reducing plastic these days.

With grocers closing their bulk food sections, and The City allowing stores to use plastic bags during the COVID-19 outbreak, it is more difficult to maintain an environmental ethos.                                 Courtesy photo
Starfish, dying from a mysterious “wasting disease” in 2013, have recently been piling up on local beaches, looking much better. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco’s sea stars are making a comeback

Healthy spaces for non-humans require more than sheltering in place

Starfish, dying from a mysterious “wasting disease” in 2013, have recently been piling up on local beaches, looking much better. (Courtesy photo)
Fishing industry workers are feeling hopeful about the 2020 salmon season. (Courtesy photo)

There are ways to get the 2020 salmon season off to a good start

Contact water officials to ensure supplies meet needs of people and fish

Fishing industry workers are feeling hopeful about the 2020 salmon season. (Courtesy photo)
New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty presents a nuanced history of our housing crisis in his new book, “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America.”

Green Space: The environmental movement and the housing crisis

Much like San Francisco today, rows and rows of temporary homes were erected around The City in the 1940s.

New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty presents a nuanced history of our housing crisis in his new book, “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America.”
San Francisco’s strong environmental ethos is fueling the growth of Bay Area food startups creating meat alternatives from plant proteins. (Courtesy photo)

Is plant-based food always the best choice?

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

San Francisco’s strong environmental ethos is fueling the growth of Bay Area food startups creating meat alternatives from plant proteins. (Courtesy photo)
“We haven’t realized until now just how significant a contribution to climate change pet food and pet food production is,” Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian and co-author of The Clean Pet Food Revolution said. (Courtesy photo)

Reducing the environmental impact of pet food

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

“We haven’t realized until now just how significant a contribution to climate change pet food and pet food production is,” Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian and co-author of The Clean Pet Food Revolution said. (Courtesy photo)