Robyn Purchia

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)
Our Planet Recycling on Bayshore Boulevard is one of the few remaining recycling centers in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Old state recycling law needs new life

Last September, Kayren Hudiburgh, who owns Good Life Grocery in Potrero Hill…

Our Planet Recycling on Bayshore Boulevard is one of the few remaining recycling centers in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Green composting bins should be in high demand in 2016, if San Francisco hopes to achieve its Zero Waste goal by 2020. (Michael Ares/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Hope for San Francisco, environment in 2016

Last year brought some encouraging environmental news: President Barack Obama rejected the…

Green composting bins should be in high demand in 2016, if San Francisco hopes to achieve its Zero Waste goal by 2020. (Michael Ares/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Drivers for Lyft, Uber and other ride-hail companies have been able to dodge San Francisco’s fuel-efficiency regulations for taxis, which were adopted by The City in 2008. (Jeff Chiu/2013 AP)

Uber, Lyft focus on green bills, not green cars

Joy to the world, a climate agreement has come. After two decades,…

Drivers for Lyft, Uber and other ride-hail companies have been able to dodge San Francisco’s fuel-efficiency regulations for taxis, which were adopted by The City in 2008. (Jeff Chiu/2013 AP)
The pension funds of San Francsico's city employees are currently invested in fossil fuel companies like Exxon Mobile (refinery pictured in St. Bernard Parish, La.) Chevron and ConocoPhillips. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Pension fund invests in dirty fossil fuels

As leaders gather in Paris to discuss climate change, it’s hard not…

The pension funds of San Francsico's city employees are currently invested in fossil fuel companies like Exxon Mobile (refinery pictured in St. Bernard Parish, La.) Chevron and ConocoPhillips. (Gerald Herbert/AP)
A Lyft "glowstache" rests on a dashboard of a car at the company's  San Francisco headquarters on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Are Uber and Lyft putting San Francisco’s health at risk?

When former Mayor Gavin Newsom required The City’s taxi fleet to use…

A Lyft "glowstache" rests on a dashboard of a car at the company's  San Francisco headquarters on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia phytoplankton has doomed crab season. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Toxic Dungeness crabs inspire climate change action

We’ve all heard the bad news: State officials delayed our local Dungeness…

A toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia phytoplankton has doomed crab season. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Glossy signs and mailers litter the streets and clog up our recycling bins every election season. You would think in San Francisco we could be more innovative than paper signs. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Unnecessary leaflets litter city streets

Ah, autumn in San Francisco. The weather is getting cooler, days are…

Glossy signs and mailers litter the streets and clog up our recycling bins every election season. You would think in San Francisco we could be more innovative than paper signs. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
An artist's rendering of the Mission Rock project is shown here. (Courtesy SF Giants)

SFBARF keeps the Sierra Club in check

Winter is coming, or maybe it’s just election season. In the Game…

An artist's rendering of the Mission Rock project is shown here. (Courtesy SF Giants)
The City boasts near perfect residential composting compliance, but the reality could be far worse. (Michael Ares/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Lax enforcement mars composting data

There’s something rotten in San Francisco, but the smell isn’t coming from…

The City boasts near perfect residential composting compliance, but the reality could be far worse. (Michael Ares/Special to S.F. Examiner)