Robyn Purchia

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)
On September 18, the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) is hosting a hackathon to bring women together to deconstruct traditional male-dominated solutions to environmental problems.                                Courtesy photo

Hacking male-dominated environmental solutions

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

On September 18, the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) is hosting a hackathon to bring women together to deconstruct traditional male-dominated solutions to environmental problems.                                Courtesy photo
Federal officials with the U. S. Department of the Interior approved a plan to deliver more water to Central Valley farms, while suppressing a report that found water diversions would further threaten salmon. (Courtesy photo)

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.

Federal officials with the U. S. Department of the Interior approved a plan to deliver more water to Central Valley farms, while suppressing a report that found water diversions would further threaten salmon. (Courtesy photo)
“We have to give them something,” a man selling produce told me when I asked why he continues to provide free plastic bags. (Courtesy photo)

Green Space: Stop using banned items

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

“We have to give them something,” a man selling produce told me when I asked why he continues to provide free plastic bags. (Courtesy photo)
PG & E appears to be making The City jump through unnecessary and expensive hoops. (Courtesy photo)

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.

PG & E appears to be making The City jump through unnecessary and expensive hoops. (Courtesy photo)
Yes, others should follow SFO’s lead, but not only because the plastic bottle is bad. (Courtesy photo)

Banning plastic water bottles at SFO is only a first step

We should also be talking about the water inside.

Yes, others should follow SFO’s lead, but not only because the plastic bottle is bad. (Courtesy photo)
Last month, the Port of San Francisco released its Draft Waterfront Plan. (Courtesy photo)

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

Last month, the Port of San Francisco released its Draft Waterfront Plan. (Courtesy photo)
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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.

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Consumers need more information and resources to reduce food waste. (Courtesy Ends + Stems/Sophi Pechner Photography)

Meal planning can help reduce food waste

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

Consumers need more information and resources to reduce food waste. (Courtesy Ends + Stems/Sophi Pechner Photography)
Zabble, a company that uses mobile technology to simplify waste audits, track and monitor waste, and improve efficiency, is one business that is benefiting from The City’s Zero Waste goals. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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

City’s zero waste efforts produce jobs

Zabble, a company that uses mobile technology to simplify waste audits, track and monitor waste, and improve efficiency, is one business that is benefiting from The City’s Zero Waste goals. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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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.

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Trees are necessary for S.F.’s future as climate change worsens and heat rises.

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.

Trees are necessary for S.F.’s future as climate change worsens and heat rises.