Robyn Purchia

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)
When environmentalism becomes personal, the amount that can be accomplished is unlimited. (Courtesy photo)

Why the green mothers movement matters

San Francisco is friggin’ beautiful. Obviously, there are the spectacular views from…

When environmentalism becomes personal, the amount that can be accomplished is unlimited. (Courtesy photo)
The Board of Supervisors last week unanimously passed legislation that will require solar installations on the roofs of new buildings in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

Supervisors make big environmental moves

Thank you, San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The City has passed and…

The Board of Supervisors last week unanimously passed legislation that will require solar installations on the roofs of new buildings in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco plans to release a resiliency strategy next week that explores how The City can survive events like natural disaster and climate change. (Courtesy photo)

Climate change prompts resiliency strategy in San Francisco

On April 18, 110 years after the 1906 earthquake devastated San Francisco,…

San Francisco plans to release a resiliency strategy next week that explores how The City can survive events like natural disaster and climate change. (Courtesy photo)
(Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Will cigarette recycling cans encourage smoking?

In February, the San Francisco school board voted to let city middle…

(Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
City departments are currently using glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up — to kill invasive species and protect biodiversity in San Francisco. Unfortunately, The City does not provide specific locations of where it is applying the pesticides. (Courtesy photo)

City keeps quiet about use of toxic materials

When toxic levels of lead were found in the water supply in…

City departments are currently using glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up — to kill invasive species and protect biodiversity in San Francisco. Unfortunately, The City does not provide specific locations of where it is applying the pesticides. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department plans to replace the crumb rubber infill it uses for synthetic fills, but the department appears to be out of the loop on the seriousness of the situation. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Synthetic turf poses potential health risks

San Francisco is littered with remnants of a questionable recycling program. Ground-up,…

San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department plans to replace the crumb rubber infill it uses for synthetic fills, but the department appears to be out of the loop on the seriousness of the situation. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
Sister Mary Valerie, center, hands out bags of popcorn at the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen in San Francisco on Feb. 9.  (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Should SF help feed the hungry?

  Last week, two nuns who feed San Francisco’s homeless made national…

Sister Mary Valerie, center, hands out bags of popcorn at the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen in San Francisco on Feb. 9.  (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Some hotels in San Francisco, such as the Fairmont, are going the extra mile in terms of sustainability efforts. But Super Bowl 50 — and the accompanying increase in The City’s visitors — may have unintended effects on the environment. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Airbnb, hotels strive to be sustainable

San Francisco is now Super Bowl City with a population expected to…

Some hotels in San Francisco, such as the Fairmont, are going the extra mile in terms of sustainability efforts. But Super Bowl 50 — and the accompanying increase in The City’s visitors — may have unintended effects on the environment. (Jeff Chiu/AP)