2008 State of the City Environment Webisode

the environment.
I’d like to say that the world’s consumption is the sum
of all local consumption. And as a consequence, if we’re
going to deal with global climate change we need to deal
with climate change on a local level.
That’s why, san francisco, we’ve established a local
climate action plan to roll back our co-2 emissions by
2012, twice as far as the kyoto protocols.
We believe this local climate action plan is a model to the
nation. We’ve initiated through a
blueprint we call S.F. Forward, a blueprint to provide a
five-year plan to get us to where we want to go and beyond.
but I want to just say this – so many politicians like me, so
many mayors up and down the state of california, across
this country, have been saying the same things.
But so few have been able to measure their co-2 footprint
and their progress as san francisco has been able to do
so. we recently just submitted our
greag emissions footprint to a third party and we were able to
determine that already here in 2008 that we have already
rolled back our co-2 emission levels 6% below 1990 levels
here in 2008. 6% below 1990 levels, a city
that has a population that’s grown by 100,000, we had a
record amount of visitors last year, 475 new high-tech
companies have moved into the city during the same time, yet
we’ve been able to reduce as we’ve grown our economy, reduce
our co-2 footprint below 1990 levels already.
We’re proud of that. and I say that not to impress
you, but impress upon you that we have been able to do it not
by costing the economy again, but by growing the economy.
And I think that so much of that has been exampled by this
plan. Let’s talk about this plan in a
little bit more detail. one of the things we’ve done in
2008 is led the way not just, again, with the global vision
for the environment, but the specific initiation
environmental programs. One is our green building
program. We were one of the first cities
in america to establish a green building program for
municipally owned building. i’m standing in one here at the
academy of sciences, one of the highest level of environmental
certifications that exist. In san francisco we say that’s
great for municipal buildings like this, privately-funded
primarily, but nonetheless, city owned.
What about all those private We want to meet similar lead
certification. So we have the most aggressive
green building standards now in the united states of america,
starting with lead certification, going up to lead
goal by 2012. Again, an example of a
partnership with a private sector that builds trust,
builds the opportunity to have ingenuity and their innovative
practices for the rest of the state and the country, but that
meets our environmental goals and meets the new standards of
environmental stewardship that we believe can achieve freight
results when it’s scaled. I’m most proud of this year as
it relates to our advancements on the environment.
Another area is the solar aggressive city in the united
states of america as it relates rebates for individuals that
meet our needs in terms of you can get solar rebates
three, four, five and $6,000 direct rebates to match the
state rebates, and they recently extended federal
rebates. It makes it very inexpensive to
put solar on your roofs in san francisco.
But you get only the highest rebate, $6,000, if you support
our workforce training programs to lock those that have been
locked out of the industrial economy, to lock those into
this new green, sustainable economy.
So we are able to twin our workforce training, our green
collar jobs focus, our environmental justice focus and
focus on our environmental framework and stewardship in a
way that I also think is an example to others to follow.
This solar plan, please learn more about it.
I think it’s a model to others. One way to learn more bit is to
go to our website, maps go – if you live in san
francisco, go and type in your address and determine exactly
what your solar footprint looks like, and we’ll actually type
up where you can get the solar installed, what the incentive
programs are that exist and how we can price it competitively
for you. Again, a brand-new system that
we put together with the city that we just think is a
phenomenal opportunity tke it as easy as possible for you
to put solar on your roof. Solarmap. Org.
Another area where we’re trying to lead by example is
recycling. We have one of the highest
rates here, 70% recycling rate. That’s great.
We were at 35% in 1996. No one thought we could do 50%.
few people thought we could do 75%.
Once you hit 70%, it’s difficult increnement tale to
get to 71%, 72%, without changing the way you do
business. So in an effort to get to that
next level, we are going through a very controversial
phase of initiating. This is something I put to our
board of supervisors for support and consideration.
A requirement on recycling that you do composting.
All private residents and businesses would be forced to
compost. Now, you’ve been forced to have
garbage pickup since the mid 1930’s.
In fact, 1932 we initiated requirements.
early 1930’s, that you have to have garbage pickups.
The idea that we have not required recycling is actually
not necessarily unique, but by no means something that has not
been done. In fact, seattle and other
parts of the country have required recycling.
But no one’s required recycling that includes composting.
we haven’t required recycling in the past.
We got to 70% through incentives and promotions and
education. But mark my words, by 2020, I
think it’s possible that the next mayor can raise the par,
try to get it to 73%, 75%, before they kick me out, but we
can get to zero by being more aggressive.
But composting will be the first part of that efforts and
that’s why we hope in the early part of next year to get the
board of supervisors to support the composting legislation.
But already 70%, that’s something to be proud of in
this state and in this city. Some of the areas we’ve been
getting a lot of attention in terms of recycling are the
bottled water ban. We are not purchasing bottled
water for municipal use. That’s something I advanced
with the U.S. Conference of mayors, blair bloomberg and
mayor daley and others are co-sponsoring legislation to do
the same in their cities. Why are we spending money on
water bottles when we get money – we can put money back in
people’s pockets and then get folks to just use their tap
water? Which is some of the cleanest,
greenest water that exists, that comes from 167-mile
gravity-fed system, which is actually more regulated than
most of the bottled water you get, which is indeed, not tap
water. Most of the bottled water in
this country comes from new york state and it’s actually
tap water that has less restrictions and regulations
and requirements for purity than tap water does.
We spends more money, we ship it, in some cases overseas.
It increases our environmental frootprint and we spend 10,000
times more than we do if we would just use the tap.
We want to lead this country and we have in terms of raising
the bar and raising awareness in this country, just as we
have plastic bags. Bans plastic bags.
I want to thank the director of the department of the
environment. he came up with this idea a
couple of years ago. The supervisor picked up on it,
to his credit, and the board of supervisors and advanced this
initiative to become the first city to ban plastic bags.
I couldn’t be more proud of this legislation.
I know it’s frustrating some folks that go to some of these
pharmacies and have paper bags and not plastic bags.
Plastic bags ends up looking like this off the coast.
And recently, incidentally, we were out in china.
China has now banned plastic bags throughout their entire
country. You actually have to pay a
premium if you’re going to use plastic bags.
Again. People say, well, what can a
city do? Well, a city can lead by
example and actually make a much bigger difference when a
city program is scaled at a national level, particularly
the country with 1.3-plus billion people, china.
Another area we’ve led the way is styrofoam.
The President And supervisor introduced this legislation.
Again, I want to thank the incredible leadership of gerald
that came up with the idea at the department of environment
and the great commissioners at the department of the
environment. This is a way of reducing
styrofoam containers that also ends up in the lands phil,
takeout containers. I hope other cities can do a
similar job. Another area where we’re doing
a lot, and this is a lot of fun, is pie yo diesel and
biofuels. We’ve converted our dies el
fleet to b-20. We have the largest fleet in
the united states of america. We want to do better.
And we’re not just doing more, we want to do better in this
context. Do better by not getting into
the food debate around biodiesel, but get into the
waste food debate. We have something called a
waste grease program. 541 restaurants are using our
grease cycle program. 1.5 million gallons a year are
picked up from waste, oil that comes in vats in the back of
restaurants, an we’re taking that and picking it up for free
for restaurants and converting it into biodiesel and putting
that biodiesel, again, into our public transit fleet, as well
as, interestingly, some ambulances and fire engines and
people-movers out at the zoo, etc., and some other trucks,
the heavy duty trucks in our system.
We are going to take you it to the next level.
that’s 1.5 million gallons to the grease cycle program and
this partnership with restaurants, this fat, oil and
grease program. We want to do something more
next year. We partnered with darling
international and that’s to do 10 million gallons of biofuels
from fat, oil and grease, as well as livestock that has
passed away. it’s a tough business, the
biodiesel business. But, again, we want a loop
system. This will be a deal that we
signed with darling, 10 million gallons a year of biodiesel
that we’ll manufacture internally for ourselves so we
have a looped cycle within the city, and we’re going to create
green collar jobs for folks out in the southeast sector and
bayview. Similar to the ones we do for
recycling that are also green collar jobs.
You talk about green collar jobs, go down to pier 96 and
the recycling center. This is an exciting area and
one that we will continue to do more into the future.
i hate to keep saying leading the way, but in this one we’re
raising the bar. I hope other cities will follow
and do even more. We’re also doing it in our
public transit fleet. We’re already there.
The number one public transit fleet with biodiesel in the
country. Something else we’ve done is
we’ve decided to reconcile these carbon funds.
you know, you feel guilty. You’re driving that combustion
engine, internal combustion engine and you’re flying around
the world and you’re flying to visit a friend during
thanksgiving or christmas or the holiday season, and you
feel guilty and you try to buy some ar bone offsets.
But sometimes those offsets go to rain forests in other
countries or go to offset someone else’s carbon emissions
by putting a tree in some other country and some other
community. What about a local carbon
offset plan so they go right back into our own community?
We also have examples, I think, first in the nation, local
carbon fund to offset greenhouse gas gas emissions
locally. an we’re doing it in biodiesel
and solar. It’s something that citizens of
san francisco can purchase. We’re starting with city
employees first, so every time someone travels on city
business, you have to buy an offset of the greenhouse gas
emissions associated with that travel.
Then it goes into this local fund to plant trees locally and
do biodiesel here locally. Again, we’re going to scale it
to the private sector next year, and I look forward to
sharing more with others into the new year, something to look
forward to. Wind power is another area
where we’re trying to lead the way.
I don’t know if people know this.
We have urban wind farms in san francisco in the mission
district. We actually have localized
wind. You can see there’s three
vertical axis turbines in the homes there, and one in the
mission area, one up there by the museum.
We’re also going to be doing a lot more in the civic center
sustainable district, which I’m going to talk about in a
moment, in addition to treasure island which I’ll talk about in
this section, to do more winds generation.
So wind farms are not just these farms you see in the
slide, but they’re components of our backyards, components of
our gront yards, components of our buildings in an urban
environment. We have this great task force
that we’ve convened, this wind power task force and they’re
going to come up with more recommendations in the new
year. This is something I’m pretty
excited about. Rethinking, reimagining wind
power generation. Wave generation is another
area. We’ve got a buoy, a doppler
system, about five miles off ocean beach.
It’s been out there for a couple of months now.
it’s going to be back in February of 2009.
We’re going to pull this system out.
We’re going to determine the capacity to generate energy
from waves. Talk about green renewable
energy source. People are always talking about
drill, baby, drill, not out here in san francisco.
I look forward are to the day we get rid of those oil
platforms off the coast of california and we’ve converted
them all to wave-general rating technology.
We want to lead the way and we’ve got a big project we hope
the early part of next year. In addition, we want to do the
same thing for title. I talked a lot about this, even
more than I talked about the wave generation.
We want to put at the mouth of the golden gate bridge in, the
northern section of the bridge, we’ve identified, through
doppler radar, about 150-foot ridge that goes underwater, and
the wall of pressure goes right above that ridge.
And that seems to be the ideal part, right again on the
northern part of the mouth of the bay on the northern span of
the golden gate bridge, right below it.
And we look to do a demonstration project sometime
next year as well. We’ve already identified,
again, that ridge. We’ve already done a lot of
studies – boy, all kinds of studies on this.
And we’re looking to do this first phase pilot that can
generate enough energy to power 1,000 to 2,000 homes, just this
one source of renewable energy. Thinking differently, looking
at different technologies, wind as well as wave, as well as
tidal. Another area is energy
efficiency. we have power-savers program,
power watch program. A lot of things we do,
including banning t-12’s. We’ve moved away from the
incandescent to fluorescent issue.
Now we’re talking about what kind of bulbs we’re banning,
t-12, those thicker long bulbs. There’s new legislation pending
approval. i hope the board of supervisors
will support it. Our energy-efficient programs
we think are a model for the rest of the state.
Great partnerships with pegues, free energy audits.
Just call 311 and ask for free energy audits, and if you’re
eligible you can get all those bulbs free to be swapped,
reduce your energy bills, reduce your greenhouse gas
emissions, help us reduce our c- o-2 emissions for our city.
A lot of good things happening here.
And we have something next year, I can’t talk about it
now. We call it green building 2.0.
A version of what we’re doing on the green building
construction standards now trying to get the operation of
buildings. not a carbon tax, but a version
– a hybrid version of reducing emissions coming out of
existing buildings, which is an area we must do more with in
energy efficiency and we want to lead the way and something
in the new year that I look forward to talking more about,
as well as doing more on alternative fuel vehicles.
you all know that mayor bloomberg in new york city is
going to get rid of its taxicabs and convert it to an
alternative fleet. We codified that through
legislation recently. We should have our entire
taxicab fleet converted by 2011.
I conservatively say 75% by 2011, but I think we’ll be all
the way there by the ends of 2010.
These cabs convert. They only last a few years.
And as they convert, we now automatically have to have
alternative-fueled vehicles as part of our taxi fleet.
This is area where san francisco has led the way and
we can work with other cities to do even more.
electric vehicles generally speaking, we just had bobby
kennedy Jr. And others talking about a $1 billion investment
into the san francisco bay area region to become the epicenter
for electric vehicles in the united states of america,
arguably the world. We’re talking about going to a
gas station and not just having to fill up a tank of gas, but
actually going to a gas station called now switch stations,
where you can literally open up a trunk of your hood and flip
out the battery, an within the same time it takes you to pump
a tank of gas with oil, petroleum-based products or
just some kind of processed gasoline, you can do the same
thing to recharge your car by simply replacing the old
battery with a recharged battery and actually getting
out of there in the same or a shorter period of time.
These switching stations, we’re talking about putting in 100 or
200 of these throughout the bay area, so that addresses the
range issue or the lack of it for electric vehicles.
We have also worked with all kinds of other private sector
organizations that want to do similar electric grid
strategies or electrification strategies or do charging
stations throughout our cities, in parking meters, where you
can charge parking meters, you can get priority parking
spaces, parking garages, you can get discounts in terms of
your monthly parking privileges, you can potentially
get tax breaks for doing electric vehicles.
You can use utility poles, lighting poles in the city, and
you can actually plug in your car there.
This is all part of our initiative and evident to
become, again, the epicenter in the united states for electric
vehicles by 2010. A program that we’re very, very
proud of. In addition to that, we’re
trying to do more with car share.
You know, for every car that car share provides, this car
right here, it represents 15 cars off the road, meaning you
have that many people that would need their car that now
don’t need their car if they share this car.
We have 35,000 plus unique car share programs.
We want to scale this to the next level.
It’s been a great success story.
In 2006, 2007, 2008. 2009 we want to get more city
employees using a car share program as well.
Our bike plans are starting to take shape.
But the problem is we can’t do anything with them because of
this injunction. And with all due respect to the
person that forced us to the injunction, we are not
deviating from our commitment to do more with bicycling in
our city. As the old adage goes, God’s
delays are not God’s denials, and in the mid part of next
year we will be lifted from that, because we’ll have done
the environmental work. We have 60 specific projects.
We’re going to double the total number of striped bike lanes in
our city. We’re going to add more free
bikes through our transit shelter program.
And I’m going to talk about that in the transportation
section. We’re going to be doing a lot
more in terms of safety initiatives.
All of that just waiting, ready to go, all to initiate the 2010
goal and date to have completed this effort.
43% increase in the last year we’ve seen of people commuting
with their bicycles. Even though we haven’t been
able to do all what we wanted to do.
We’ve still seen that kinds of increase.
This is an exciting area of growth in our city and we’re
absolutely committed and they’re a big part of our
environmental initiatives, as is investment in the private
sector. Clean tech.
This is the heart and soul of clean tech investment in the
united states of america, which makes it the heart and soul of
investment in the world, northern california.
We have 118 now clean tech companies in our city.
We had suntech, which is the largest tank manufacturer,
trying to locate their headquarters here in san
francisco. We have tax incentives, tax
breaks for green tech companies.
We just came back from china and we just announced our next
solar installer-manufacturer, trina solar is also going to be
moving into the city. These are the types of
announcements we want more of. we talk about green collar
jobs. These are just examples of
where we can do more and do better, again, all supported by
these statistics you see above, all these V.C. Firms, venture
capital firms, all clustered in the san francisco bay area.
This is what the next President Will be talking about, barack
obama, this is what governor schwarzenegger, to his credit,
has been talking a lot about, and the next governor will be
talking more about. This is an opportunity for us
to truly lead the renaissance in terms of our economic
conditions and the changes we want to see in terms of our
climate. And to twin the two in a
meaningful way and focus on environmental justice at the
same time, focus on poverty eradication and focus on the
issues of race and the inquealts the same.
This is the tech sector that, again, is now taking shape in
our city. We’re not just talking about
it, we’re finally doing something about it.
And this is just an example of some of these companies that
are already in the city, just proving that this is not just
some pipe dream, this is not something that doesn’t exist,
this is something that absolutely exist in our own
backyard, san francisco. We’ve also built partnerships
with the region. We do something called bc-3.
This is a partnership with private sector, from google, pg
& e, the gap. He’s partnered with us on this
business council. We’re working with the united
nations on this business council, again, building more
capacity, building more partners in terms of the
business community being part of the solution to
environmental stewardship. Another area is a partnership
that we did with cisco, another bay area firm.
John chambers said we want to help you work through the
clinton foundation. seoul, korea, the two principal
areas. They did this connected bus
which has 95% reduction in fuel emissions.
It actually has a counter on there where you can actually
read out in real time the environmental footprint of the
bus. It has the technology so you
know exactly where you are vis-a-vis the next stop and how
long you’re going to be delayed and how long it’s going to take
to get to your new stop. It also has free wi-fi capacity
on these buses. This is the next generation of
buses, twinning technology and the environment areas where
we’re building these partnerships.
We’re doing the same, by the way, for our convention and
visitors bureau. The convention and visitors
bureau is one of these green businesses that deserves a lot
of recognition for leading the way.
You go down to the mosconi convention center, and there’s
compostable wares that they use.
You get your napkins, your forks, knives, all compostable.
even the cups that you use for your coffee and water, etc.
Again, just examples where the private sector comes together
and connects with our tourist community to do more and do
better. We have this website through
the conventions bureau called green S.F., and we talk about
the hybrid taxis, solar-powered convention facility.
in fact, the largest mune is pale owned project is on the
most conny convention center, again, leading by example.
Joe and others are doing a magnificent job.
I’m very, very proud of them and we all have a lot to be
proud of about them. another area is these.
This is another area where people say, well, what can a
city do? We brought up plastic bags,
plastic water bottles. This is about plastic toys.
In 1999 europe banned the use of phalites in the production
of toys and plastics. And the united states didn’t do
anything for years and years and years.
San francisco decided to lead the way.
Our board of supervisors, to their credit, we led the way
here in the city, and then they took it to the state level and
actually passed a ban modeled after san francisco for the
state of california and then senator feinstein, the former
mayor of san francisco, decided to introduce that ban
nationally. This country, nowhere to be
found on the issue. San francisco, leading the way.
California, moving forward. Then the rest of the nation.
It’s just an example of something that I thought I
would highlight, because it gives you some sense of
confidence that sometimes you wonder if people are noticing
what you’re doing. Sometimes they actually really
are. Again, not just plastic bags
and water bottles, but with this very important area that
is made – has made our children safer.
Another area of the environment, again, is streets,
and our greening initiatives. Planting more trees.
25,000 mature or adolescent trees, not just seedlings, but
real trees that we’re planting, and they make our streets more
attractive. Median strips, gateways,
hanging baskets you’ll see all around the city.
There’s the median strips that are being redone in our city.
Here’s the $14 million of federal dollars that we’ve
received for new median strips and now investments so san
bruno avenue, polk, leyland, caesar chavez.
I hope people are noticing that when they drive around the
city, the greenish tiffs of our city.
You have not seen anything compared to what you’ll see in
the next few years. But we’ve made a lot of
progress. I talked about the trees on the
streets and how many we’ve planted.
Here’s just in front of kaiser there at gary boulevard, if you
saw that before it was an ugly old fence, cyclone fence.
Now it’s a beautiful new median strip.
You can see other areas. it’s just amazing to see all
the changes there. Now it’s about maintaining
them. But, again, real investment
that’s paying dividends and increases property values,
slows down traffic, increases pedestrians safety.
I don’t make these things up. This is what these investments
are doing, as well as obviously helping the environment.
You can see another initiative we’re about to go.
Go down market street in san francisco.
You see these ugly old stop – these things that were supposed
to deal with traffic accidents, so they didn’t run into the
larger platforms, the muni platforms.
They’re rubber tires, old, ugly, there’s all kinds of
garbage inside. we’re going to get rid of them
and put these new safety barriers that are these new
medians that create these urban gardens.
We’re going to put this all up and down market street into the
new year. Something I hope people look
to. I hope you’ve noticed the
gateways coming into the city. They’re not all where they need
to be. I know they can be much better.
about they’re at least a down payment on what can be done in
the next few years. Here’s some examples of these
gateway investments. Another investment is
connecting the dots in the southeast sector of our city in
particular, by creating a similar bay trail to the
stereotype we have by the golden gate bridge.
You walk down into the marina district.
A revitalized area. They deserve the same thing and
we deserve as citizens of this great city the same thing in
the southeast sector of our city.
The new parks bond we just passed earlier this year, which
is another triumph for the year.
And I couldn’t be more proud of that.
more on that in a minute. Including money for this
blue-greenway. The neighborhood parks council,
the supervisor sophie maxwell and atses have done a
magnificent job championing this.
We’ve gone through this long planning process.
We’ve already seen work done in mission bay park, which
already, a big portion of mission bay park is done.
You can see the photographs here.
We’re doing kayaking. We’ve got great basketball
courts and volleyball courts under a freeway overpass, but
it’s remarkably nice. We have this new lighting that
goes and lights up the underbelly of the freeway and
it’s actually attractive, a new version or a new vision of an
urban park. But we also have been investing
in other parts of mission bay, so that will be done in 2009.
And these expanded parks. Pier 43 promenade is part of
this. Brandon street wharf is part of
this. Again, this is connecting
basically from at&t park where the giants play to candlestick
park where the 49ers play and we hope continue to play for
many, many years and creating this bay trail, this blue-green
way. Here’s other examples of what
it does look like in terms of its revitalization and what it
will look like in larger parts as we expands it out.
We’ve also done something to connect a different narrative
in terms of quality. And you saw some of the quality
here represented. This is beautiful landscaping.
In the past we’ve done some not very attractive landscaping.
We now have this new landscaping ordinance that
creates what we call san francisco standard.
i stole this from mayor daley in chicago.
And we also stole his greening director from chicago.
So she came in and she created a san francisco standard.
The board, planning commission and others, community groups,
have supported this standard, and it basically says the type
of trees, the type of look, the type of organization, trells,
so that if you’re going to build a parking lot, you can’t
build a parking lot out to the sidewalks without creating a
setback that actually greens the space between the sidewalk
and the parking lot. You actually have to do some
basic work around gas stations and car washes, etc.
there’s storm water guidelines, etc.
It’s a new thing we just got passed.
Something that got no attention, but I think deserves
a little bit and something I’m proud of as it relates to the
state of the city. I mentioned parks.
I mentioned that $185 million parks bond.
I’m also very proud that we’ve invested an historic amount in
general fund capital in our parks.
in the old days we were investing about $10 million to
$15 million a year in parks. Now we’re investing $30-plus
million in general funds into our neighborhood parks and
recreation facilities. We’ve completed 90 parks.
This is an amazing thing. Again, there needs to be more
recognition about this. with that park bond, that first
one, the $10 million parks bonds which I was proud to
sponsor as a member of the board of supervisors, and then
the new parks bond, as I mentioned, the $185 million
this year, that will allow us to complete these parks.
Again, this is part of the 90 that are done and get these
other 18 active parks complete. So this is a huge and historic
investment in the neighborhood parks and recreational
facilities in our city, and that’s, again, part of the
state of the city that I’m very proud of and that I hope that
people recognize and are supportive of.
Another area is this victory garden.
We decided to put a garden in front of city hall.
This garden would have existed in 1943.
It was a garden not dissimilar to the one that was there
during world war ii, where we had victory gardens throughout
the city and council of san francisco.
Hundreds, in fact, in golden gate park, harvesting
vegetables. In fact, 41% of the nation’s
vegetables were harvested in similar gardens during world
war ii. We are bringing them back in
the context of the next great challenge of our time, and that
is a planet apparel, not because of war per se, though
that’s always at risk, but the issue of the environment.
So we put it in front of city hall and now we have just taken
it down, in fact, this week. but now we want to extend 15
new neighborhood gardens and take people’s backyards and
front yards and take their planter boxes and take their
roofs and convert it into areas to produce food and connect our
urban and rural communities in a much different way, which
i’ll mention in just a second. We’ve gone from three farmers
markets to nine in the last few years.
We had the first farmers market in the state of california of
the we’re going to make some improvements at the farmers
market. We are establishing a new food
policy in the city that is something to look forward to in
2009. I don’t want to talk too much
about it yet, because we’re still establishing the
parameters of what that food policy will mean.
But, again, a greater connection to our rural and
suburban partners and the regional food shed that is
around us. Again, urban/rural partnerships
that we need to connect in terms of that greater food
shed. Another thing that we’re
focused on is cleaning up sections of our city have –
that have been polluted. We shut down the bayview
hunters point power plant near candlestick, which was shut
down last year. We now have converted a lot of
the federal efforts into actual money that has gone into
cleaning up that site in and around that power plant and
that bayview hunters point area.
I think this deserves some attention.
We have already generated some $340 million of federal money
just in the last few years. Look at this.
To clean up the toxics in the bay view hunters point area,
including $76.3 million this year.
Just new federal money. Thank you, speaker nancy
pelosi, senator dianne feinstein, senator boxer, thank
you for your efforts and thank you for your efforts to lobby
the federal government to get these dollars.
This is real money. $340 million to clean up that
shipyard that has come in. This is more money than we have
seen in decades in the last few years.
You ask me what I’m most proud of as mayor in the last four
years. It’s probably this slide in
terms of that work that we all did together with, again, that
leadership of those people that I just exampled that have
actually generated real money to clean up those toxins and
deal with the injustice out there, and the asthma rates and
breast cancer rate that are two to four times the state and
federal average. This is the reason why.
it’s the lack of investment in that cleanup.
Now we’re making it in historic ways.
It’s taking shape. An because of that, because of
the closure of that power plant, we’ve got this new
heron’s head park living classroom, which is completely
off the grid. The first building of its kind
that’s totally off the grid, the greenest of the green
sustainable buildings that’s ever been done.
You can see in this schematic the living roof.
There’s other components of this.
This thing will be done very shortly.
And again, it’s an example of converting from an industrial
economy to a green, more sustainable economy, as we shut
down these power plants and we move in a different direction.
The next big one is the petrel power plant, the last remaining
polluting power plant. Good people disagree on this.
I would not like to see us replace this power plant with
four smaller power plants. Some members of the board of
supervisors disagree with me. I’m intensely opposed to
putting more power plants, even if they’re cleaner power
plants, in the city. Let’s get out of the power
plant business. Let’s retrofit this in the
interim and let’s move forward to shutting it down permanently
by advancing all of the previous slides and the
initiatives in the previous slides.
We can do that. Let’s work together.
I look forward to working with supervisor maxwell in
particular and the new board to get us there.
Again, good people can disagree.
but big mistake would be made by shutting this down, only to
build four new peaker plants, three in the city, one at the
airport. I don’t think that’s the right
decision. We can do more and do better.
Let’s work together. Here’s some of the key steps.
The retrofitting, and then we can shut down unit three and
petrel. that’s the direction I’d like
to go. And it’s the spirit of the
environment that I’m very, very proud of.
As we move forward, though, into the new year we want to
elevate and raised bar with the civic center.
This is probably one of the most exciting plans that I’ve
been associated with as it relates to the environment
since I’ve been in elected office.
The idea of taking the entire civic center, connecting all of
these buildings together, you can see solar on the top of
city hall, you can see solar on top of war memorial, on top of
the library, the main, the asian art museum, the state and
federal buildings. Getting all of these buildings
to connect together, a system to change the environmental
stewardship and paradigm. So we’re not just dealing with
a building in isolation, but a building whose waste water is
connected and storm water is connected an facilities are
connected with one another, a system that includes a complete
reimagination of activating a civic space as well.
You can see some large screens for outdoor activities and
showing movies during the evenings.
You can see the farmers markets, and pulling them into
the civic center area. you can see some other
components, free wi-fi will be part of it, organic gardening,
nighttime activity, cultural activities, to programmatically
engage the space. Here’s a schematic of how it
would work. 80% reduction in water use.
45% reduction in wastewater use.
35% increase in energy efficiency in the area.
we would be an incubator space for new technologies, including
this one, which is an actual wind turbine with a solar site
that’s on top of the wind turbine itself.
You can see water functions and features that would be part of
this. And we would be shutting down
the road right in front of the library and the asian art
museum as well, again, reenvisioning this entire
space, electrical charging station, more on that later,
but this is an exciting vision and it’s all about getting us
to the next level. Final two points.
Adaptation. I think it was darwin who said
it wasn’t just the strongest that survived and it’s not just
the smartest, it’s those who are able to adapt the quickest
that survive and thrive. The reality is we’re surrounded
by water on three sides in san francisco.
I don’t know if we’re going to do everything we need to do in
this country, even with our new President, in time for things
to go back to the way they were as it relates to climate, as it
relates to ocean levels, as it relates to ice caps, as it
relates to the air we breathe. We need to be focusing on
adaptation, not just prevention, and san francisco
wants to lead the way in adaptation.
Here’s a horrific slide. This is the airport underwater
and this is the baseline expectations of water and sea
level rise in this region and what it would do for the areas,
the lower areas around the bay. This is real life and we need
to take it seriously and we need to start investing today
in adaptation strategies, and this is something you’re going
to hear a lot more about into the new year.
Again, quickly, areas in the environment, I think, matter.
Quality of life matters. Litter matters.
We have a goal to reduce our litter on the city streets.
I think it’s an environmental issue.
50% by 2012. The streets of san francisco
are still too dirty. I agree with you.
But we made a lot of progress. In fact, we hired a third party
that actually has shown last year an independent third party
that analyzed the dirtiness of our streets that showed a
reduction of 19% in terms of the garbage out on the city
streets and sidewalks. It’s not 100%, but it’s 19%.
It’s a step in the right direction.
You’ll see the types of litter that are most problematic out
there. We call them the dirty dozen.
you’ve got mcdonald’s wrappers everywhere, marlboro, the
brands of choice for cigarette smokers, with respect,
starbucks, the A.T.M. Machine cards, taco bell, safeway.
We’re working with all of those private sector partners to help
reduce litter and waste and hold them more accountable.
by the way, we’re number 10, muni.
Muni transfers. We were high on the list last
year, we’re low on the list this year, but wee still got
to do better in terms of reducing the amount of litter
on the streets that we’re responsible for.
We’re also focused on these key streets.
These are 200 blocks, 35 key corridors, that we’re doing
saturation work, seven days a week.
We’re doing long, extended hours of cleaning, graffiti
removal and the like. This community corridors
program has been a big success. We want to continue to move
forward in this direction. Graffiti, as I said, a big part
of that. We made a lot of progress this
last year of the it May not feel like it if you’re out in
excelsior and other parts of the mission, etc., but we have
made a lot of progress on gra fighty this year.
I want to thank the department of public works and our
community partners on this task force that have been pushing us
on this. We’re making some progress.
we’ve removed 25,000 tags for public structures.
We’ve got new notices to hold private property owners
accountable for cleaning up their own graffiti off their
private buildings. We’ve got this reward fund
that’s part of it. As I mentioned, this corridors
program is connected with this graffiti program as well and
this partnership. So that’s, in a nutshell, what
we’re doing on the environment as it relates to graffiti and
litter removal. We add that on to the
environmental part of the plan. We’re continuing to think
outside the box, continuing to try new things.
We recognize we don’t have all the answers, but we’re willing
to try new things, continuing to lead the way and I’m looking
forward to an even more exciting 2009.

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