What "To-Do" about Climate Change in San Francisco

Ben Shore's picture

One of the greatest challenges we face from the threat of climate change is that it's no longer just a threat. It's here; it's upon us. And as much as we - and our government - talks about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, developing electric cars and weening ourselves off foriegn (or any) oil, it's really not happening at a fast enough rate. The consequences are already being realized. So, the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR) has come up with a new report called "Climate change hits home" that is more or less a "to-do" list on how to combat the effects of climate change on a local level.

It's garnering attention from the SF Examiner and Bay Citizen who cite some of the reports recommendations including encouraging "local public works departments [to] plant more trees in cities, promote the use of white roofs and use light-colored concrete for footpaths" in response to climate change caused heat waves. There's also suggestions for emergency services dealing with climate related issues.

The question now becomes, will local governments and agencies take this report and enact it? Take a read. Do you think these suggestions are valuable or a waste of resources?

Phil Ting's picture

Mega Words vs Mega Watts

Similar to my experience with solar power, no one was opposed to solar energy, but at the same time almost no one was doing anything about it.  Numerous efforts were thwarted by our bureaucratic approach to city government.  We have one of the best recycling programs in the country which has made us a leader!  We should be proud of it, but its not enough.  Besides solar energy, what other renewable energy is the city pushing.  What are we doing about energy efficiency?  What about all the other factors regarding climate change - buildings and cars?  Is the city making any progress?


Buildings are a huge factor.  While we should be proud that all the new buildings in the City will be LEED, what about the other 99% of buildings.  How do we make them more efficient.  Those buildings have over a 50% on climate change.

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