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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.…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
The proposed charter amendment for Rec and Park would increase its funding by $3 million a year in the first 10 years. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Dilapidated playground lent a friendly hand

West Portal Playground has seen better days, despite its reputation as the…

The proposed charter amendment for Rec and Park would increase its funding by $3 million a year in the first 10 years. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)