On May 25, Mayor Lee spoke at the Green Economic Forum about San Francisco’s climate action plan and accepted letters from five community advisory panels. Each of the five panels met for three months to discuss opportunities for public and private organizations to work together to address climate change. Each panel summarized their findings and presented their recommendations with letters delivered to Mayor Lee.
During his remarks, Mayor Lee expressed his support for the initiatives that each panel created and encouraged the groups to continue working together to develop climate plans for the city. He noted that the economic recession presents an opportunity to "green" the city's infrastructure. The mayor also stressed the need to include the entire community in this process; he plans to convene with mayors throughout the Bay Area to exchange ideas and compare each city’s Climate Action Plans.
Here we list each of the panels and their letters of support for climate action.
Business Advisory Panel
The business panel worked to solicit recommendations from Bay Area business leaders on the climate actions proposed in the revised Climate Action Plan. The 15-company Advisory Panel was composed of representatives from a diverse range of companies (full list below). At the Green Economic Forum, representatives from Yahoo, Gap, Hilton, and Safeway presented on their climate goals and discussed why they found participating on the panel valuable. Speakers stressed the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing climate change.
Stephanie Glazer, Arup
Adrian Laekas, Bentley Prince Street
Nancy Shaw, Blue Shield of California
Jamie Owen, Clorox
Julia Strzesieski, Cole Hardware
Melissa Fifield, Gap, Inc.
Sam Arons, Google Inc.
Jo Licata & Brian Mork, Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Bill Peterson, New Resource Bank
Valerie Winn & Matthew Sturm, Pacific Gas & Electric
Fiona Berry and Melissa Capria, SAIC (chairs)
Cathy Ikeuchi, Safeway
Elliot Hoffman, True Market Solutions
Stephanie Rico, Wells Fargo
Christina Page, Yahoo!, Inc.
New Century Transportation
The New Century Transportation Panel recognizes that approximately 35% of San Francisco carbon footprint is from automobile emissions. Transportation Organizations from SF Bike Coalition, SF Walk, City Car Share to CalTrans contributed their ideas for making carpooling, biking, walking and public transit more accessible to San Francisco residents. The group endorsed SFMTA's Climate Action Strategy for the Transportation Sector. When presenting to Mayor Lee, speakers from this panel also noted that the alternative transportation sector is an important provider of local blue collar jobs.
Marc Caswell, San Francisco Bike Coalition
Gary Bauer, Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation
Marc Geller, Plug In America
Rick Hutchinson, City CarShare
Laura Schewel, UC Berkeley Energy and Resource Group
Elizabeth Stampe, Walk SF
Gray-to-Green Advisory Panel
The "Gray to Green" panel focused on the role of green infrastructure and valuing the climate benefits of San Francisco's urban ecosystems. The panel suggested that the city consider the ecosystem services generated by green spaces along side traditional "gray" or built infrastructure when planning for climate change and long term public health. The important role community groups and neighborhoods play as stewards of their local green spaces was also emphasized.
Ana Alvarez , San Francisco Department of Recreation and Park (chair)
Laura Tam, SPUR
Karen Kidwell & Julia Brashares, San Francisco Parks Trust
Casey Allen, SF Landscapes
Victoria Bell, Neighborhood Parks Council
John Bela, REBAR
Arden Bucklin-Sporer, SFUSD Green Schoolyard Alliance
Jeffrey Betcher, Quesada Gardens Initiative
Peter Brastow, Nature in the City
Dan Flanagan & Doug Wildman, Friends of the Urban Forest
Economic Prosperity and