Robyn Purchia

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S.F. needs a can – do attitude toward creating a public bank

Two years ago, unarmed protesters of the Dakota Access oil pipeline were…

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“It’s a really tricky situation, the scarier you make climate change the more people freeze.” (Courtesy photo)

Only thing scarier than climate change report is not acting on it

As Halloween approaches, San Franciscans welcome scary decorations, movies and haunted houses.…

“It’s a really tricky situation, the scarier you make climate change the more people freeze.” (Courtesy photo)
Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School students give tours of their new stormwater garden at the school in the Sunset District on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (DavÌd RodrÌguez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Diversifying San Francisco’s water supply

Last week, students at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School celebrated a more…

Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School students give tours of their new stormwater garden at the school in the Sunset District on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (DavÌd RodrÌguez/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Aaron Peskin, center, met with the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation last week to discuss diminishing the use of plastic to-go containers in The City. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)

Peskin talks trash at Surfrider meeting, promises new plastic ban

San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin delivered a glimmer of hope last week…

Supervisor Aaron Peskin, center, met with the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation last week to discuss diminishing the use of plastic to-go containers in The City. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)
Recommendations to shore up Ocean Beach are getting closer to reality. Courtesy/Bill McLaughlin

Help for Ocean Beach may be near

While Bill McLaughlin and other San Francisco surfers always enjoy the powerful…

Recommendations to shore up Ocean Beach are getting closer to reality. Courtesy/Bill McLaughlin
Thanks to two San Francisco men and others, these shipping containers in Niger will be outfitted as incubators for the endangered North African ostrich. (Courtesy Peter Retonado)

Two workout pals work to save endangered ostrich species

Stephen Gold, a San Francisco contractor, and Henry Cundill, a recent business…

Thanks to two San Francisco men and others, these shipping containers in Niger will be outfitted as incubators for the endangered North African ostrich. (Courtesy Peter Retonado)
California's transportation infrastructure and land-use policies are creating a system where too many people are commuting by car too frequently. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

If you want to address climate change, clean up the air

Like climate change itself, recent environmental news from throughout the country can…

California's transportation infrastructure and land-use policies are creating a system where too many people are commuting by car too frequently. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
San Francisco Mayor London Breed takes the stage Wednesday at the start of the Global Action Summit. (Robyn Purchia/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

A city can thrive and be sustainable, Breed tells global leaders

As powerful Hurricane Florence headed toward the east coast of the United…

San Francisco Mayor London Breed takes the stage Wednesday at the start of the Global Action Summit. (Robyn Purchia/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
About 30,000 people participated in Saturday’s climate march in San Francisco. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)

Gov. Brown, keep oil and gas in the ground

During a heat wave last year, the night-time temperature in Amanda Senior’s…

About 30,000 people participated in Saturday’s climate march in San Francisco. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)
Red and White Fleet’s Enhydra, scheduled for completion this summer, could be the first 700-passenger, lithium-ion battery hybrid vessel operating in the U.S. (Courtesy Red and White Fleet)

Contracts give San Francisco power to make a big climate impact

This month, San Francisco’s Red and White Fleet will launch the Enhydra.…

Red and White Fleet’s Enhydra, scheduled for completion this summer, could be the first 700-passenger, lithium-ion battery hybrid vessel operating in the U.S. (Courtesy Red and White Fleet)
Smart trashcans distributed throughout The City are a great addition to clean up efforts, but San Francisco can have more success. (Steven Ho/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco’s trash gets help from tech

The plaza in front of the Ferry Building was packed last Sunday.…

Smart trashcans distributed throughout The City are a great addition to clean up efforts, but San Francisco can have more success. (Steven Ho/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Department of Environment volunteers and paid youth from San Francisco Youth Works program with an ashcan at Dolores Park. (Courtesy Sunshine Swinford)

Ban the butts to flick toxic cigarette filters out of SF

From July to December 2017, San Francisco kept 100,000 butts off the…

Department of Environment volunteers and paid youth from San Francisco Youth Works program with an ashcan at Dolores Park. (Courtesy Sunshine Swinford)
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At SFO, zero waste means zero confusion

On Saturday afternoon, a visitor from Los Angeles stood perplexed at San…

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Sadly, recycling isn't being done to the extent it should be at festivals and farmers' markets. (Courtesy photo)

SF’s farmers markets waste chance to compost and recycle

Almost every day, local farmers lay out tables of fresh produce for…

Sadly, recycling isn't being done to the extent it should be at festivals and farmers' markets. (Courtesy photo)
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Bay Area kids moving the needle on climate change

In July, the planet’s future looked grim. President Donald Trump nominated a…

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Jesse Henry, executive director of SoMa dispensary Barbary Coast, poses with cannabis products in sustainable packaging. (Robyn Purchia)

Market for ethically dope cannabis grows in S.F.

It’s no secret San Franciscans appreciate dope dope. In the immortal words…

Jesse Henry, executive director of SoMa dispensary Barbary Coast, poses with cannabis products in sustainable packaging. (Robyn Purchia)
Tuolumne River resources are at issue in the Bay Delta Plan recently released by the State Water Resources Control Board. (Dan Schreiber/S.F. Examiner file photo)

S.F. water agency opposes plan to save local salmon, cries ‘drought’

About 150 miles beyond the Bay lies the Tuolumne River. Many San…

Tuolumne River resources are at issue in the Bay Delta Plan recently released by the State Water Resources Control Board. (Dan Schreiber/S.F. Examiner file photo)
Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz of The Perennial are known for their commitment to sustainability. (Courtesy photo)

SF can have an impact on food sustainability

This Independence Day, our country is facing deep and dangerous political divides.…

Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz of The Perennial are known for their commitment to sustainability. (Courtesy photo)
Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, a Bay Area company, is developing a hydrogen fuel-cell ferry called "Water-Go-Round." (Courtesy rendering)

SF’s new hydrogen ferry could fuel clean energy market

Hydrogen has been the fuel of the future for decades. Two years…

Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, a Bay Area company, is developing a hydrogen fuel-cell ferry called "Water-Go-Round." (Courtesy rendering)
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency had its first official test drive of a battery-powered electric bus on June 12. (Courtesy SFMTA)

SFMTA on the road to an all-electric fleet

Last Tuesday, a crowd of City employees (and one lucky columnist) hit…

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency had its first official test drive of a battery-powered electric bus on June 12. (Courtesy SFMTA)