91 posts categorized "Environment"

02/08/2013

Clean SF: Mayor and S.F. Giants Launch Anti-Litter Campaign

MayorToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the World Champion San Francisco Giants launched Giant Sweep, a Citywide anti-litter campaign that partners with local schools, residents, businesses and community groups to keep San Francisco clean and beautiful. The campaign involves hands-on activities teaming City workers with community volunteers to pick up litter and a major educational component encompassing classroom curriculum and a public information campaign.

“It’s going to take a team effort to keep our City world-class, clean and green,” said Mayor Lee. “We want to create a culture of clean so that everyone from young to old can embrace their role as a City steward and reject the idea that it’s okay to litter. We all need to join the team to keep SF clean.” Read More.

10/31/2012

CleanTechSF Initiative: Mayor Announces Initiative to Support Clean Energy

Mayor Announces Initiative to Support Clean EnergyMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the launch of CleantechSF – a new initiative to support the growth of the cleantech industry and cleantech jobs in San Francisco. CleantechSF has three key goals: (1) to streamline the demonstration and testing of clean technologies utilizing City assets; (2) attract cleantech anchoring institutions to San Francisco and (3) support early stage cleantech firms in San Francisco.
 
“As part of my 17-Point Jobs Plan, CleantechSF is designed to drive job creation in the cleantech and green sectors,” said Mayor Lee. “This innovative partnership brings together the California Clean Energy Fund and key City departments, with the singular goal of keeping San Francisco the leading center for cleantech.” Read more.

10/09/2012

Recycling Program: Mayor Announces City Leads America in Recycling

Mayor Announces City Leads America in RecyclingMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco has achieved 80 percent landfill diversion rates, setting national recycling and compost rate records as the highest of any city in North America.

“Recycling and composting is not only good for our environment, it is also good for our economy,” said Mayor Lee. ”Recycling alone creates 10 times more jobs than simply sending refuse to the landfill, and I applaud Recology, the Department of Environment and San Franciscans for reaching this record milestone of 80 percent diversion.”

San Francisco now diverts 80 percent of all waste generated in the City away from landfill disposal through source reduction, reuse, and recycling and composting programs. The City’s partnership with Recology and its advanced waste reduction programs have helped San Francisco become the Greenest City in North America and receive a perfect score for resource recovery and recycling category in the 2011 Siemens Green City Index. Read more.

10/04/2012

Green Initiative: City's Expanded Checkout Bag Ordinance Takes Effect

Green Initiative: City's Expanded Checkout Bag Ordinance Takes EffectOctober 1st is the first effective day of San Francisco's expanded checkout bag ordinance. To help shoppers understand the new ordinance, San Francisco's Department of the Environment will kickoff a multi-lingual citywide consumer education campaign to encourage shoppers to bring their own bag when shopping. The campaign will include the distribution of over 17,000 free reusable bags.

San Francisco's Checkout Bag Ordinance is designed to decrease the number of single use bags and eliminate single use plastic bags, which harm marine life, often end up as litter and clog street drains, and are difficult to recycle. All retailers are now required to stop distribution of single use plastic checkout bags. Additionally they must charge 10 cents for each paper or reusable checkout bag they give out. To avoid the bag charge, customers can bring their own bag when shopping. WIC and food stamp customers are not subject to the bag charge. On October 1, 2013, the ordinance expands
to include restaurants and require bag charges for certified compostable plastics bags. Read more.

09/20/2012

Green Energy: Board of Supervisors Approves CleanPowerSF Program

Green Energy: Board of Supervisors Approves CleanPowerSF ProgramThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved CleanPowerSF for launch in mid-2013. CleanPowerSF is San Francisco's custom-tailored Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that will offer San Francisco residents a 100% renewable energy alternative. The Board of Supervisors vote (8-3) was the last major legislative hurdle CleanPowerSF needed prior to launch. CleanPowerSF will be operated by the City's municipal power provider, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).

"San Francisco's dream for a clean energy future has finally become reality," said Local Agency Formation Commission Chair and Supervisor David Campos. "When CleanPowerSF launches in 2013, San Francisco's 100% renewable energy program will stimulate the local economy, create jobs and most importantly, secure our independent, clean energy future." Read more.