92 posts categorized "Environment"


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.


Environmental Milestone: Mayor Celebrates City' Composting Achievements

Mayor Celebrates City' Composting AchievementsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco reached a major environmental milestone last November having collected a million tons of compostable material through Recology’s green bin program, and today, the millionth ton returns to San Francisco to be applied as nutrient-rich compost to fertilize gardens and grow healthy, organic foods.

“San Francisco is leading the way in sustainability policy and this composting achievement is another reason why we are the ‘Greenest City in North America,’” said Mayor Lee. “Recology has been a leading partner for our composting efforts and this is the ultimate full-circle moment in sustainability. Thanks to local community farmers, especially those who volunteer at Alemany Farm, for providing healthy food to our communities, fostering environmental education and promoting green jobs.” Read more.


Charging Stations: SF Hits Milestone for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Charging Stations: San Francisco Hits Milestone for Electric Vehicle Charging StationsToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Assemblymember Fiona Ma joined the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and the Department of the Environment to announce the completion of the City's first round of electric vehicle (EV) charging station installations in City-owned parking facilities. The 26 newly installed EV charging stations will join existing units currently installed at San Francisco International Airport and on Treasure Island. In total, the City now operates 49 publicly accessible EV charging stations at 14 locations, offering 100 percent greenhouse gas-free Hetch Hetchy power.

"We're making it easier for residents to charge their electric cars anywhere in San Francisco – from SFO to Treasure Island,” said Mayor Lee. “Our future lies beyond oil, and in San Francisco we are investing in the innovation and infrastructure that will jump start our green future today. We are using clean Hetch Hetchy power to charge electric vehicles and in the process we are improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas, and creating green jobs.” Read more.


Paperless Initiative: Mayor and Treasurer Launch New Direct Deposit Program

Paperless Initiative: Mayor and Treasurer Launch New Direct Deposit ProgramMayor Edwin M. Lee and Treasurer José Cisneros today launched CurrenC SF, a new initiative to reduce the usage of paper paychecks in San Francisco. CurrenC SF empowers San Francisco’s businesses and workers by helping them adopt modern, innovative payroll solutions. The goal of this initiative is to achieve a fully electronic, paperless payday, helping to bring thousands of San Francisco households into the financial mainstream and reducing reliance on high-cost check cashing services.

“Direct deposit is safer, cheaper, and greener than getting paid by paper check,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is a city of innovation and we are committed to increasing direct deposit and paperless pay among our own employees to lead the way to a 100 percent paperless payday that will provide for financial empowerment and greater security for our residents.” Read more.


Bicycling in SF: Mayor Announces Bicycling Increases in the City

Bicycling in SF: Mayor Announces Bicycling Increases in the CityToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced that the number of people riding bicycles in San Francisco increased seven percent since last year and increased 71 percent over the past six years.

"Whether people are biking to work, to school or just to have fun, these latest bicycle counts demonstrate that San Francisco is a national leader in bicycle ridership," said Mayor Lee. "We are using innovative strategies such as bike sharing and installing sharrows, dedicated bike lanes and bike boxes, to make sure that our road network is safe and convenient." Read more.