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  1. Certify free mulch as organic

    Bayview Greenwaste makes mulch from donated materials and gives it away FREE to SF residents. Only problem is - it's not organic! People have found old painted furniture bits, etc. in the mix. Now that we have a drought, mulch is a great way to retain moisture, and amend soil.

    We need Bayview Greenwaste mulch to be certified organic!

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      0 comments  ·  Urban Agriculture  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • BAN pesticides and herbicides in our parks

      There has been a 23-fold increase in the use of herbicides in our parks where "native" areas are being created.

      "Native" plants are no longer suited to most of SF. This is a city, not an arroyo, not a sand scrubbed empty land. "Natives" require massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides, man hours and money.

      Plant them where they grow readily, but do not spend money and effort when another plant would suit our current environment better.

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        0 comments  ·  Toxics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • We need to save all the eucalyptus trees in the city. They are carbon stores and oxygen producers, and symbols of San Francisco.

        Environmentalists are increasingly turning away from the idea of "invasives" and addressing the values of many types of plants, especially trees. Our planet is warming, we lost 400 sq miles of trees in the Yosemite Rim fire - this is the time to respect and protect our trees, especially the eucalypts which live to 400 or 500 years old, are less flammable than pines, bushes, shrubs and grasses (remember the San Bruno Mountain fire) - and home to owls, butterflies, small animals and Karl the Fog!

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          0 comments  ·  Urban Forest  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • I'd like to see more living roofs in my neighborhood. Europe has some that are 100's of years old.

          What if we had foam roofs with living plants on top to go with our solar panels?

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            4 comments  ·  Urban Agriculture  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Designers should develop smaller sized napkins that have perforations in the folds so you can take only what you need, saving the rest.

            Designers should develop new format of napkin with elegant designs, with perforations in the folds so you can take only what you need, saving the rest for future use. Also, materials could be partially non-forest product-based. Ecor is might be an example.

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              0 comments  ·  Zero Waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Contest to promote green anti-consumerism

              Let's make it fun. How about a contest - judged with the help of auditors from the Dept. of Environment or elsewhere - to find the "greenest" home: Not just in terms of the products purchased, but also the products NOT purchased and lifestyle factors. The winners would receive beautiful pieces of recycled art. What do you think?

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                0 comments  ·  Toxics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Promote volunteer urban agriculture efforts and transform the landscape!

                We can make San Francisco bloom. There are a lot of people out there who would like to grow gardens but - for lack of time, skill, or physical ability - are unable to. There are also a lot of very committed, talented and energetic people who would like to help. Can SF Environment play a role in matching them up?

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                  0 comments  ·  Urban Agriculture  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • The City should have hazardous waste reduction goals

                  Our zero waste goal has been highly effective at focusing the community on reuse, recycling and composting (although we still have a long way to go! Don't stop!). But toxics are always a more challenging subject. Yes, yes, they are part of the 'zero waste' ethic, but we need some metrics to see if we're really making progress on this important subject. How about a separate set of goals relating to hazardous waste reduction?

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                    0 comments  ·  Toxics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make it simpler to buy safer products - or to buy reused ones

                    We want to do the right thing, and we understand that 'voting with our dollars' can be a powerful force in moving manufacturers toward environmentally friendly products. BUT we don't have time to do a research project on everything we buy. SFApproved.org is a great start, but there must be more that we can do. And we can't forget the option of buying less in the first place!

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                      0 comments  ·  Toxics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  Renewable Energy: Solar, Wind, Wave  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • refilling

                        soaps and cleaning products refill http://www.shopgreen11.com/

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                          0 comments  ·  Zero Waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • make everyone buy a permit when they buy Propane so the city will have more revenue so they wont need to cut education anymore

                          I think the city should make everyone buy a $25.00 permit when they buy propane by doing this it would give the city more revenue so they would not have to make as big budget cuts to other important things like education,medical, public safety as an example

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                            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • ban using gas power tools outher than vehicles on spare the air day's

                            ban using gas power tools other than vehicles on spare the air day's

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                              0 comments  ·  Public Health/Environmental Justice  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Educate everyone about what they can do with materials that can't be recycled or composted (Building Resources, SCRAP, Goodwill)

                              SF Environment funds so many great projects that help San Francisco reuse materials that can't be recycled or composted. We should do a better job in teaching about reuse and about all these different places that people can donate to.

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                                0 comments  ·  Outreach  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Windmills using wind energy to deliver water to GGP

                                Since water will be a hot topic in the near future, return the windmills of GGP to their original function of pumping water to water the park to free up valuable drinking water.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • make environmental science a high school graduation requirement

                                  I think the city should make the San Francisco Unified School District make environmental science a high school graduation requirement to educate our youth on environmental concerns and ways to be more green

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                                    4 comments  ·  Outreach  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • replace all city vehicles with California fuel cell

                                    Honda FCX Clarity

                                    This newest generation features an advanced Honda "V-Flow" fuel cell stack that is 30% lighter, 20% smaller, offers 100kw output, and a power/density improvement of 50%. Driving range has been increased 9% from 210 to 240 miles, using 5,000 psi gaseous hydrogen. With sub-freezing startup temperatures as low as -22F, it is a practical vehicle for a wide range of real-world applications. Honda continues research on hydrogen refueling solutions right-sized for individual vehicle at-home refueling.

                                    Visit fcx.honda.com for more information.

                                    Year: 2009

                                    PSI: 5,000

                                    Kilograms: 3.9 kg

                                    Range in Miles: 240 miles

                                    Max Power: 100kW

                                    Max Torque:…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Clean Transportation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • environmental tax initiative

                                      Dear, city of San Francisco

                                      I believe the city of San Francisco California should tax all motor parts, all motor oils and fluids and all motor grease and lubricants bought and sold in San Francisco city limits. It would pay for the environmental effects from all motor vehicles it would pay for the city to plant more trees to clean the air it would pay for the city to clean the storm drains from motor oil pollution or any pollution and to clean the oceans,river,lakes and beaches by adding this tax it would just be extra money to pay for…

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                                        1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Reduce use of tape/plastics, join Save the Bay efforts

                                        Have City departments reduce use of plastics as much as possible, including using stick glue instead of tape whenever feasible

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