Robyn Purchia

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)
Calle 24 Latino District and other tree advocates filed documents objecting to tree cutting in their neighborhood, linking the loss of ficuses to the unprecedented gentrification and displacement.  (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Why trees are a social justice issue

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

Calle 24 Latino District and other tree advocates filed documents objecting to tree cutting in their neighborhood, linking the loss of ficuses to the unprecedented gentrification and displacement.  (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Members of the Golden Gate Audubon Society count birds at Crissy Lagoon during the recent annual Christmas Bird Count. (Ilane DeBare/Special to S.F. Examiner)

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.

Members of the Golden Gate Audubon Society count birds at Crissy Lagoon during the recent annual Christmas Bird Count. (Ilane DeBare/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Buy Nothing (SF Families) started in 2016 and has grown to 11,000 members. (Courtesy)

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).

Buy Nothing (SF Families) started in 2016 and has grown to 11,000 members. (Courtesy)
Finding the capitalist spirit this season, the good kind

Finding the capitalist spirit this season, the good kind

Yes, capitalism can feel like a dirty word today.

Finding the capitalist spirit this season, the good kind
The culture of many California tribes is built around the once abundant salmon. (Courtesy photo)

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.

The culture of many California tribes is built around the once abundant salmon. (Courtesy photo)
The Episcopal Diocese of California will require its institutions to find alternatives to single-use plastics at church events. (Courtesy photo)

Sustainable living a moral responsibility for faith-based organizations

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

The Episcopal Diocese of California will require its institutions to find alternatives to single-use plastics at church events. (Courtesy photo)
Some say election-related material clogging U.S. mailboxes is bad for the environment. (Courtesy photo)

Are political flyers worth the waste they produce?

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

Some say election-related material clogging U.S. mailboxes is bad for the environment. (Courtesy photo)
This dreamy, joyful world of the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream feels far away from the cold, hard realities of plastic pollution, mass species extinction and climate change, but it’s not. (Courtesy photo)

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.

This dreamy, joyful world of the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream feels far away from the cold, hard realities of plastic pollution, mass species extinction and climate change, but it’s not. (Courtesy photo)
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic occupation of Alacatraz, a group of indigenous organizers are holding a canoe journey from Aquatic Park to Alcatraz on October 14. ( Courtesy photo)

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.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic occupation of Alacatraz, a group of indigenous organizers are holding a canoe journey from Aquatic Park to Alcatraz on October 14. ( Courtesy photo)
Two young women wear bandanas over their faces as thousands of students march down Market Street to participate in the global Youth Climate Strike on Friday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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.

Two young women wear bandanas over their faces as thousands of students march down Market Street to participate in the global Youth Climate Strike on Friday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
In San Francisco, many compostable containers, cups and cutlery are brought to the landfill. (Courtesy photo)

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.

In San Francisco, many compostable containers, cups and cutlery are brought to the landfill. (Courtesy photo)
“I hate using plastic,” said Jay Hamada, the owner of JapaCurry. (Courtesy photo)

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.

“I hate using plastic,” said Jay Hamada, the owner of JapaCurry. (Courtesy photo)