Robyn Purchia

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)
The Board of Supervisors asked the Department of Environment in 2014 to find ways to reduce meat from animals raised on unnecessary antibiotics. Two years later, San Francisco still doesn’t have a specific plan. (Courtesy photo)

Just say no to drugs in your meat

San Francisco progresses where Washington, D.C., stalls. In 2004, Mayor Gavin Newsom…

The Board of Supervisors asked the Department of Environment in 2014 to find ways to reduce meat from animals raised on unnecessary antibiotics. Two years later, San Francisco still doesn’t have a specific plan. (Courtesy photo)
Last month, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to designate San Francisco as a Bee City. (Courtesy photo)

A little buzz could make a big impact in San Francisco

Environmentalism can seem out of touch. Take, for example, the Board of…

Last month, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to designate San Francisco as a Bee City. (Courtesy photo)
Under San Francisco’s mandatory composting law, the Department of Environment has the authority to fine residents who don’t comply. (Courtesy photo)

Fines, foodies and Airbnb could get San Francisco closer to ‘Zero Waste’

San Franciscans don’t all cheer for the Giants, stand in line for…

Under San Francisco’s mandatory composting law, the Department of Environment has the authority to fine residents who don’t comply. (Courtesy photo)
State leaders have pointed to San Francisco’s extreme economic disparity as a challenge to securing funding to address environmental concerns.

Empowering the Bayview to weather climate change

Climate change is already happening, and Bayview-Hunters Point is not ready. With…

State leaders have pointed to San Francisco’s extreme economic disparity as a challenge to securing funding to address environmental concerns.
If California funds new composting facilities, more cities could divert waste, more farmers and ranchers would have access to compost and more rangeland could be covered. (Courtesy photo)

Our waste could help reverse climate change

A few years ago, on a ranch in the small Marin town…

If California funds new composting facilities, more cities could divert waste, more farmers and ranchers would have access to compost and more rangeland could be covered. (Courtesy photo)
Under Governor Jerry Brown’s “by right” housing bill, developers of large housing developments would be able to circumvent local approval and environmental review. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Can San Francisco afford Gov. Brown’s ‘by right’ housing bill?

As an attorney, I have raised environmental challenges to housing projects. I…

Under Governor Jerry Brown’s “by right” housing bill, developers of large housing developments would be able to circumvent local approval and environmental review. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Bayview District. (Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner)

Police, pollution choking lives in the Bayview

Last December, police shot Mario Woods, a black man carrying a kitchen…

The Bayview District. (Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner)
Saying goodbye to plastic straws should be a no-brainer for an environmental leader like San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

When will San Francisco see the final straw?

San Francisco is light-years ahead of other American towns when it comes…

Saying goodbye to plastic straws should be a no-brainer for an environmental leader like San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
Community leaders in the Inner Sunset may follow in the footsteps of the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill by improving pedestrian safety and better flow around the entrance to Golden Gate Park on 9th Avenue. (Courtesy photo)

Dogpatch, Potrero Hill lead by example

About a year ago, property owners in the Dogpatch and northwest Potrero…

Community leaders in the Inner Sunset may follow in the footsteps of the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill by improving pedestrian safety and better flow around the entrance to Golden Gate Park on 9th Avenue. (Courtesy photo)
Little pills give San Francisco a big headache

Little pills give San Francisco a big headache

Those little pills collecting dust in your medicine cabinet raise big health,…

Little pills give San Francisco a big headache
The Recreation and Park Department says crumb rubber is not used in children’s play areas, but test results say otherwise. (Courtesy photo)

Rec and Park exposing children to potentially cancerous material

For years, city officials have assured San Francisco that it’s safe for…

The Recreation and Park Department says crumb rubber is not used in children’s play areas, but test results say otherwise. (Courtesy photo)
A vendor at Fisherman’s Wharf holds up a live crab outside a food stand on March 9 in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Climate change could further delay crab season

When the state delayed our local Dungeness crab season last November, San…

A vendor at Fisherman’s Wharf holds up a live crab outside a food stand on March 9 in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)