91 posts categorized "Environment"

07/23/2012

Transportation Funding: Mayor Announces Fed Funding to Improve Muni

Transportation Funding: Mayor Announces Fed Funding to Improve MuniMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco awarded more than $21 million in U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Livability and State of Good Repair grants to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for frontline Muni service enhancements and new, low-floor biodiesel-electric hybrid buses – critical investments that will optimize existing Muni transit service and improve the customer experience. 

"As the FTA makes a tremendous investment in public transit across the nation, we are pleased are highlighting San Francisco, as we are making significant changes to improve transit service for Muni riders and sustain our system for many years to come," said Mayor Lee. "I want to thank the Obama Administration and FTA Deputy Administrator McMillan for providing critical funds for San Francisco's transit future and our Congressional delegation for their support in creating a 21st Century transportation system." Read more.

07/05/2012

Green Neighborhoods: Mayor Announces Neighborhood Improvement Grants

Green Neighborhoods: Mayor Announces Neighborhood Improvement GrantToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and City Administrator Naomi Kelly announced 28 award recipients of the Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG), which provides matching grants to local residents, businesses, schools,
non-profits and other community groups to make greening and beautification improvements, totaling $832,600. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) also contributes funding to CCG projects which provide stormwater benefits to the City’s sewer system. 

"Community Challenge Grants allow the City to partner with our diverse communities to make immediate improvements to our public spaces," said Mayor Lee. "We are inspired by these twenty-eight innovative projects that will bring neighbors together to keep the City beautiful and make real, long-term investments in our neighborhoods." Read more. 

 

06/20/2012

Sustainable Development: San Francisco Joins U.N. Resilient Cities Campaign

Unisdr-logoMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to join the United Nations’ Making Cities Resilient Campaign, an initiative to empower cities around the world to reduce the loss of life and property to disasters and protect the social, economic and environmental assets of communities.

“San Francisco has worked tirelessly to increase our overall resilience by investing in our physical infrastructure, such as our water system, and increasing the capacity of our residents and communities to respond to and rapidly recover from disasters,” said Mayor Lee.

“We welcome Mayor Edwin Lee on behalf of the people of San Francisco as the 1000th city to join the UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign,” said U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Reduction Margareta Wahlström. “San Francisco’s participation further signifies that cities of all sizes and economic strength are prepared to take the lead on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. We are also particularly pleased to designate San Francisco as a role model city for ‘Advancing Resilience Through the Whole Community Approach’ given the City’s efforts to engage its citizens at neighborhood level in building resilience.” Read more.

05/23/2012

Housing Fund: Mayor Announces Housing Fund Initiative

Housing Fund: Mayor Announces Housing Fund InitiativeMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the introduction of a Housing Trust Fund Charter Amendment to the Board of Supervisors to protect family housing in San Francisco. If adopted by the Board and approved by voters, a permanent source of revenue would fund the creation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate households in San Francisco for the next 30 years. The measure is expected to go before voters in November. 

"Creating a permanent source of revenue to fund the production of housing in San Francisco will ensure that San Francisco is a viable place to live and work for everyone, at every level of the economic spectrum,"said Mayor Lee. "Creating affordable and middle class housing will also help build our economy and create jobs in San Francisco." Read more.

03/30/2012

Water Conservation: Mayor Challenges San Franciscans to Conserve Water

Water Conservation: Mayor Challenges San Franciscans to Conserve WaterMayor Edwin M. Lee today is challenging San Francisco residents and businesses to show the nation how wisely they use water by participating in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation – an online pledge drive to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution. The challenge is a friendly competition between cities across the United States to commit the public to save millions of gallons of water during April Earth Month starting today.

"Hetch Hetchy tap water is some of the best tasting water in the nation. It is also one of our City's most precious assets," said Mayor Lee. "Let’s show the rest of the nation how we in San Francisco already make every drop count. Sign the pledge to conserve water today!" Read more.