Robyn Purchia

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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)
The City should be able to find a solution for those opposed to keeping Golden Gate Park’s JFK Drive free of cars on Saturdays during the summer. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

The City is open to closing JFK Drive

Two years ago, this month, Heather Miller was killed bicycling through Golden…

The City should be able to find a solution for those opposed to keeping Golden Gate Park’s JFK Drive free of cars on Saturdays during the summer. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The City is reexamining a proposal to close JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park on Saturdays. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

The City is open to closing JFK Drive

Two years ago, this month, Heather Miller was killed bicycling through Golden…

The City is reexamining a proposal to close JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park on Saturdays. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
A pink Lyft fan resides above the Lyft Service Hub in Potrero Hill. The ride-hail company has publicly opposed Senate Bill 1014, which would require the California Public Utilities Commission to establish a program with set “clean mile” targets for companies like Uber and Lyft. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

Lyft offers zero support for zero emission bill

A decade ago, San Francisco required taxi companies to reduce emissions by…

A pink Lyft fan resides above the Lyft Service Hub in Potrero Hill. The ride-hail company has publicly opposed Senate Bill 1014, which would require the California Public Utilities Commission to establish a program with set “clean mile” targets for companies like Uber and Lyft. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
A gondola that transports passengers up to Salesforce Park is suspended in the air during the grand opening of Salesforce Tower on May 22, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Muni needs money and new development could pave the way

Muni needs money. Improving conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians requires analysis and…

A gondola that transports passengers up to Salesforce Park is suspended in the air during the grand opening of Salesforce Tower on May 22, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The frontrunners in San Francisco’s June mayoral race say they are committed to reducing The City’s consumption of single-use plastics. (Courtesy photo)

Reduced plastic pollution a mayoral priority

One day after Supervisor Katy Tang proposed a ban on single-use plastic…

The frontrunners in San Francisco’s June mayoral race say they are committed to reducing The City’s consumption of single-use plastics. (Courtesy photo)
West of Pecos, in San Francisco's Mission District, serves margaritas with paper straws as part of its commitment to move away from unnecessary plastic products. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Straw ban is fantastic but SF should think bigger and bolder

Last week, West of Pecos was pouring some tasty plastic-free margaritas. The…

West of Pecos, in San Francisco's Mission District, serves margaritas with paper straws as part of its commitment to move away from unnecessary plastic products. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kayakers paddle down the Tuolumne River, which feeds into the Hetch Hetchy watershed that supplies about 85 percent of San Francisco’s water supply. (Courtesy Tuolumne River Trust)

San Francisco’s water conservation can flow to salmon

California’s commercial salmon season opened last week, but feasting on the fatty…

Kayakers paddle down the Tuolumne River, which feeds into the Hetch Hetchy watershed that supplies about 85 percent of San Francisco’s water supply. (Courtesy Tuolumne River Trust)
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To get rid of pesky pesticides, San Francisco must be diligent

On Saturday, about 70 volunteers gathered at the Officer’s Club in the…

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Wells Fargo, headquartered in San Francisco, was recently fined $1 billion for charging mortage borrowers unfair fees and charging clients for car insurance they didn’t need. As The City explores the idea of establishing a public bank, some are focused on mitigating the harm large corporate banks are causing. (Aleah Fajardo/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cannabis could supply green for San Francisco’s breakup with Wall Street

Today, San Franciscans will take to the streets. More than a year…

Wells Fargo, headquartered in San Francisco, was recently fined $1 billion for charging mortage borrowers unfair fees and charging clients for car insurance they didn’t need. As The City explores the idea of establishing a public bank, some are focused on mitigating the harm large corporate banks are causing. (Aleah Fajardo/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)
If San Francisco wishes to keep food scraps and plastic out of landfills, recycling and composting should be the most convenient options for residents. (Mira Laing/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Building codes should reflect San Francisco’s zero waste goals

Change can be good for San Francisco. The City’s green building codes…

If San Francisco wishes to keep food scraps and plastic out of landfills, recycling and composting should be the most convenient options for residents. (Mira Laing/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
This season, the San Francisco Giants are offering the Impossible Burger inside AT&T Park, which is already known for its living garden and other sustainable initiatives. (Courtesy photo)

AT&T Park satisfies appetite for sustainability

This year at AT&T Park, the impossible will happen. Bon Appetit Management…

This season, the San Francisco Giants are offering the Impossible Burger inside AT&T Park, which is already known for its living garden and other sustainable initiatives. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Solano vessel belches black diesel smoke as it departs from The City on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Electrification expands from San Francisco streets to the Bay

Every day, people gather on The Embarcadero to board excursions around the…

San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Solano vessel belches black diesel smoke as it departs from The City on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
After the San Francisco Indian Center burned down in October 1969, Native American activists proposed re-establishing a new cultural center on Alcatraz Island. When the proposal was denied, they occupied the island for 19 months. (Courtesy Golden Gate National Recreation Area Park Archives)

Native Americans deserve a restored cultural center

For almost a year, the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota…

After the San Francisco Indian Center burned down in October 1969, Native American activists proposed re-establishing a new cultural center on Alcatraz Island. When the proposal was denied, they occupied the island for 19 months. (Courtesy Golden Gate National Recreation Area Park Archives)
San Francisco officials are building toward the future by utilizing new infrastructure, like electric vehicle charging stations, and creating sustainable programs. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

Tomorrow’s San Francisco depends on today’s investment

It’s March 14, 2028. Life in The City isn’t so different from…

San Francisco officials are building toward the future by utilizing new infrastructure, like electric vehicle charging stations, and creating sustainable programs. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)