Robyn Purchia

A whale is seen underneath the Golden Gate Bridge with entanglement scars on its tail. (Courtesy Joe Meuleman/Golden Gate Cetacean Research)

Untangling a whale of a problem for environmentalists and fishermen

It’s another lively summer in The City’s waters. For the second straight…

A whale is seen underneath the Golden Gate Bridge with entanglement scars on its tail. (Courtesy Joe Meuleman/Golden Gate Cetacean Research)
Pagan Idol in San Francisco’s Financial District says it saves $900 a month by using paper straws. (Courtesy Pagan Idol/via Instagram)

Saying no to plastic straws doesn’t suck for SF businesses

At the tiki-themed, FiDi bar Pagan Idol straws are a staple. They…

Pagan Idol in San Francisco’s Financial District says it saves $900 a month by using paper straws. (Courtesy Pagan Idol/via Instagram)
A Green Benefit District can help connect neighbors and provide them a collective voice in the noisy chaos of local politics. The districts can also support various projects, including the creation of plazas, parks, parklets and gardens. (Camila Bernal/2013 S.F. Examiner)

In Inner Sunset, Green Benefit District offers greater representation, cleaner environment

In the last year, Dogpatch and northwest Potrero Hill residents saw a…

A Green Benefit District can help connect neighbors and provide them a collective voice in the noisy chaos of local politics. The districts can also support various projects, including the creation of plazas, parks, parklets and gardens. (Camila Bernal/2013 S.F. Examiner)
If San Francisco is serious about getting cars off the road, it must make the sustainable transportation choices more affordable. (Sarahbeth Maney/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Taking the road less traveled by Lyft, Uber and car

Last week, The City finally got a peek at something it’s long…

If San Francisco is serious about getting cars off the road, it must make the sustainable transportation choices more affordable. (Sarahbeth Maney/Special to S.F. Examiner)
If San Francisco is committed to fighting climate change, it must divest city employees’ pensions from fossil fuels. (Courtesy photo)

Fossil fuel divestment would put SF’s money where its mouth is

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal…

If San Francisco is committed to fighting climate change, it must divest city employees’ pensions from fossil fuels. (Courtesy photo)
Rose Braz, seen here holding a rally in San Francisco to restore Sharp Park, was a strong force for social justice before she died. (Courtesy photo)

Remembering Rose Braz, a beloved thorn in the side of the establishment

The same night that oil companies gained an ally in President Donald…

Rose Braz, seen here holding a rally in San Francisco to restore Sharp Park, was a strong force for social justice before she died. (Courtesy photo)
Despite being directed to sell, the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System has clung to its coal investments. (Courtesy SFERS)

Retirement Board bets employees’ future on dirty, dying coal industry

The City’s pension fund managers and President Donald Trump have something in…

Despite being directed to sell, the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System has clung to its coal investments. (Courtesy SFERS)
Thousands of protesters march through San Francisco on Aprill 22 holding signs in the name of science as federal budget cuts threaten scientific research. (Sheila Fitzgerald / Shutterstock.com)

Our planet needs evidence-based policies, not preconceived notions

We can’t blame Donald Trump and his alternative-fact minions for ushering in…

Thousands of protesters march through San Francisco on Aprill 22 holding signs in the name of science as federal budget cuts threaten scientific research. (Sheila Fitzgerald / Shutterstock.com)
To move forward in a more sustainable direction, San Franciscans should learn more about one of the few affordable resources in The City. (Courtesy photo)

Tap that tap: San Francisco should dig its new water supply

More than 80 years ago, San Francisco faucets began pouring water from…

To move forward in a more sustainable direction, San Franciscans should learn more about one of the few affordable resources in The City. (Courtesy photo)
People gather outside the main entrance of the Federal Building on Feb. 8 in San Francisco to protest President Donald Trump’s approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Plug the dirty cash flow to pipelines and polluters

Four years ago, the Board of Supervisors urged the agency in charge…

People gather outside the main entrance of the Federal Building on Feb. 8 in San Francisco to protest President Donald Trump’s approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Linking the environmental movement to Christian tradition might give it wings. (Courtesy photo)

Have faith in religion’s ability to bridge the political divide

Since the George H.W. Bush administration, Mustafa Ali has worked to reduce…

Linking the environmental movement to Christian tradition might give it wings. (Courtesy photo)
Is safe, environmentally sustainable natural gas possible in San Francisco? (Courtesy photo)

Leak-free natural gas may just be a pipe dream

On Oct. 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company found a massive leak…

Is safe, environmentally sustainable natural gas possible in San Francisco? (Courtesy photo)
If city leaders stand for unlimited dog access on San Francisco beaches, they should also look for other ways to limit threats facing our coasts. (Courtesy photo)

Line drawn in the sand between beach access and protection

Despite stormy weather last Thursday afternoon, Crissy Field beach wasn’t empty. A…

If city leaders stand for unlimited dog access on San Francisco beaches, they should also look for other ways to limit threats facing our coasts. (Courtesy photo)
Hundreds of protesters gather outisde the Federal Building in San Francisco last week to denounce President Donald Trump’s revival of the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines. (Courtesy Peg Hunter/San Francisco Protection Department)

Power in the pipeline: How SF can build on Dakota Access protests for future generations

Among President Donald Trump’s many ignorant decisions last week, he also opened…

Hundreds of protesters gather outisde the Federal Building in San Francisco last week to denounce President Donald Trump’s revival of the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines. (Courtesy Peg Hunter/San Francisco Protection Department)
The best way to eliminate ivory poaching across the globe is to devalue it in places like San Francisco stores. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco’s ivory market must go the way of shark fin soup

On cursory glance, the ivory trade seems alive and well in San…

The best way to eliminate ivory poaching across the globe is to devalue it in places like San Francisco stores. (Courtesy photo)
One way to right the course after a troubling 2016 is to dramatically reduce the waste we send to landfills. (Courtesy photo)

Don’t waste 2017, rise up to polluters

Last year wasn’t easy for many San Franciscans. The pot of systemic…

One way to right the course after a troubling 2016 is to dramatically reduce the waste we send to landfills. (Courtesy photo)
Chefs and restaurateurs in The City are in a unique position to move food as an environmental solution. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco restaurants make food a climate change solution

’Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, and San Francisco’s…

Chefs and restaurateurs in The City are in a unique position to move food as an environmental solution. (Courtesy photo)
The Natural Areas Program would authorize the Recreation and Parks Department to remove 1,600 Blue Gum eucalyptus trees on Mount Davidson. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)

Protecting wildlife is hard, compromise makes it easier

Over the last 40 years, habitat loss, overconsumption, pollution, invasive species and…

The Natural Areas Program would authorize the Recreation and Parks Department to remove 1,600 Blue Gum eucalyptus trees on Mount Davidson. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)
Thanksgiving presents a great opportunity to build bridges with friends and family and work to alleviate the growing divisiveness over climate change. (Courtesy photo)

How to talk to Trump supporters this Thanksgiving

If you’re like me, you’re probably still coming to terms with post-election…

Thanksgiving presents a great opportunity to build bridges with friends and family and work to alleviate the growing divisiveness over climate change. (Courtesy photo)
People in San Francisco and around the country (protest in Utah pictured) are coming together to support the “Water Protectors” at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. (Courtesy photo)

Bringing Standing Rock home to San Francisco

Although the election has dominated the news, glimpses of an increasingly violent…

People in San Francisco and around the country (protest in Utah pictured) are coming together to support the “Water Protectors” at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. (Courtesy photo)