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proliferation and sensitive neighborhoods like the mission and so macaque it creates increases in housing prices that are small burdens for them, were devastating to low income communities and communities of color. we did have a rally this afternoon at 12:30 pm. i could talk for 20 minutes about some of the impacts of the business owners have had as some of the secondary results of the mitt -- red lanes in the mission going forward, we demand a robust process. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> good afternoon. i think one of the things we need to do is look at the impacts that they have had in the missing -- in the mission district. a lot of our businesses have suffered for quite some time. we have reports out on percentages of income that they have been using. we need to look at those things first before we move forward to try to allow private bus shuttles on these bus lanes. i think we need to look at the bigger picture and how business
attracts transportation and it is not working for the folks who are riding the buses on mission street. it is hurting everyone. >> next speaker. >> hello. i'm glad you brought this hearing. i'm here and looking at the red lanes for a long time. i wanted to make them faster. i did not like they were putting the red lanes in. but it was a 1% fighting against the neighbors picked the poor people and the colored people who ride the bus. it seems to be working but still hasn't addressed the businesses that are being affected. besides the businesses that have been affected in the mission district, we are looking at it as a whole and the red lanes that have been affected. let's get rid of that problem before we get into another problem with privatizing these bus lanes. thank you. >> thank you. >> overhead.
>> thank you for this hearing. you had a great turnout. i'm sorry we only have one minute so i will try to speak fast. if you have a hearing on any sfmta subjects, you will get this kind of a turnout because the public has given up on sfmta boards. the reason i brought this picture is about the red lanes that are coming to 16th street and the 22 fillmore project. the trees are in front of our building. it is our building. the historic red stone building. when i saw the notice that they were taking out a tree, i looked into it and i looked into why. and what i found was the 22 fillmore project is taking out 61 mature trees all along 16th .
that will affect many businesses >> duly noted. thank you very much for bringing that to our attention. thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you supervisors. i am with the mission economic development agency. we really appreciate you holding this hearing today. we appreciate the sfmta has begun to address some of these trends that we have been raising with them. for the sake of time, i have just the facts we know them of great concern in this framework. the definition of transit as we are hearing does not include these private shuttles. there is no data to show that these will not have a detrimental effect on public transit. it is just another experiment on vulnerable communities. nor do we know what the effect is on incentivizing further corporate shuttle programs now
that they can move faster than everybody else. speaking of speed, they keep saying the buses move faster, but the sfmta is proving that humans move faster. as we know, they move slower because they have longer walks and especially if you have mobility issues. we need to move from transit first to transit -- >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> the m.b.a. claims that it is projects and programs that are data-driven. where is the data that verifies that red lanes even accomplish their goals while besides the red lanes, there are nonredlined transit only lanes which appear to have been -- have no demonstrated purpose or need than being part of the project. and where is the data on the unintended consequences of transit only lanes? what are the economic impact studies about the negative impacts on merchants and also on displacement and gentrification clock all this happens even
though 25% of the m.t.a. budget is from the general fund, taxpayer's fund. it is not surprising that some san franciscans have come to perceive their tax dollars is being used against them. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. thank you for holding this hearing. i sent a letter so i will only mention a couple of things. i believe everyone here is concerned with the privatization of our public space and the corporatization of our public process. so i am going to ask that the private enterprise is applying for preferential treatment on our public transit red lanes. they are attempting to compete with public transit entities and also at the san francisco airport and public curb spaces and sidewalks. we need to see the documentation that proves that they have the right to do this.
the process is lacking and the public is totally annoyed by the whole process and does not trust it at all. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> hello. my name is dylan. i am a student who commutes all the way from the east bay. i ride muni five or seven days a week. in my experience, waiting at the station to travel half a mile to the campus on a crowded bus is unacceptable to me. that is why i think the redline should only be available to public transit and not for private. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> afternoon, supervisors. thank you for holding this meeting. i am with senior and disability action. we have heard a number of times how the red lanes are good for public transit and how private -- privatization defeats the
purpose. i want to also emphasize the point of people who use public transit but cannot use munimobile due to their disabilities. it has the same effect. the red lanes for paratransit which is group transit and accessible vans and taxis. these are for people who want to use public transit but cannot, with a red lanes help them. when you privatize them, as you know, we are already having a lot of issues with reliability where people wait up to an hour and a half or two hours just to get their vehicles to pick them up and drop them off. privatizing the lanes makes it even worse for them. thank you very much. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. i am here representing the mission emergent association. sfmta has failed to do an economic study of the impact of the red lanes on mission street. we did our own.
we surveyed 357 businesses. 301 half reported that they have had a loss of revenue from the red lanes. thirty-three employees have been laid off due to the loss of revenue. fourteen businesses have closed due to the red lanes that have been installed on mission street three current businesses are going out of business due to this impact that these red lanes have affected our neighborhood to. in addition to that, you have all of these no right hand turns that have been installed and been affecting us. as well as all the parking that has been taken away from mission street so we are here to ask you to pleas remove all the red lanes on mission street. >> thank you very much. any other public speakers? scene none, public comment is close. colleagues, supervisor?
>> i just wanted to respond to one of the commenters regarding the trees or the treatise that would be removed. i think that is something that sfmta should look into. that particular building that was shown, that is a historic building in the mission. i'm not exactly sure why mature trees need to be removed. i know that the same thing happens when an improvement project was done on potrero avenue. there were a significant number of large mature ficus trees that were removed. it changes the character and the composition of that street. one of the things that is beautiful in the mission are the large and mature ficus. i would say that whatever decisions are made to moving forward to, i can tell you right now, the supervisor does not support removing any trees. i am not sure what the justification would be for
removing those trees along the path. >> thank you. i will look into it. it is not related to the transit scope. from what i understand, the water and sewer were. we will look into it and make sure that that doesn't happen. >> i understand that. often times, you see a finger-pointing with departments with these larger infrastructure projects along the transit corridor is. people will come in and say this is being done because of this. this is being done because of that. i don't believe in a sewer replacement project and any justification to removing mature trees. the two are not mutually exclusive. they can coincide and be balanced out. in a process, there is environmental review that has to happen for your project. wherever it is, it has been brought up in the context of moving forward to. so we would like a report back to this body, particularly in my office to understand exactly how the two are correlated.
i'm happy to follow up with d.p.w. as well. >> great. thank you. >> thank you very much. mr kennedy, i think what we heard today is people have a deep affection for the public transit system. as frustrated as they are about rail liability, they realize the importance of public transportation and that the goal of public transit should be that public transportation is the main mode of transportation in san francisco. and that public transit is the people's transportation system. having said that, if there is interest in this board, myself, quite frankly to see a narrowing of the type of vehicles allowed on red carpet lanes, can you clarify the process for doing so , and whether or not that is within sfmta charge a jurisdiction. >> from my understanding, that is an empty a jurisdiction. so i think making a formal request of the m.t.a. to look
into trees is the right process to go through. as far as i understand. the process going forward. >> sure. thank you for coming today. i would like to say that the intent behind transit only lanes is to increase the reliability and i do think it is a time to really explore the responsibility to protect red lanes as a public infrastructure for publicly operated transits. so i would like to work with the community and sfmta. i think to revisit division i and division two of the transportation code so we are clarifying and protecting our red carpet lanes or transit and taxis and paratransit. lets have an agreement to work together on that and see what we can do. i want to thank everyone who came out today to give public testimony and also to voice your opinion and also your adoration
or frustration with our wonderful -- wonderful system. thank you for using muni and thank you. thank you very much to my colleagues for allowing me to hold this hearing. i would like to make a motion to have this hearing be filed, please. >> okay. thank you for this hearing. we well, without objection, filed file this hearing. all right. mr clerk, are there any announcements or any further action items? >> there is no further business. >> this meeting is adjourned.
. >> happy holidays, san francisco. hundreds of festive lights are illuminating san francisco streets using 100% greenhouse gas free hydroelectric power. this year, the city is celebrating 100 years of providing this power from hetch hetchy system which powers muni, our schools and libraries, street lights, san francisco international airport, city government buildings, private developments, and more. look for holiday bell lights along third street, and illuminated snowflakes on market street. the san francisco public utilities commission and the san francisco public works welcome all to enjoy the magic of the
>> this has been a dream in the making, especially for our general manager, for many, many years, to be able to allow residents of the tenderloin and western addition to be able to walk and skate at civic center plaza and experience a little slice of an east coast winter. >> it truly was a one-of-a-kind collaboration between willie b. productions and the city departments. he said i want to challenge you to come up with something bigger and more fun, and something in such a historic
location right here, right in front of city hall. this is amazing. >> we starting off by leveling the entire plaza. it was about a two-week process to get the area brought up to a dead level because the ice risk itself is not tolerant of any change in slope, because the water would build up at one end. then, we brought in these refrigeration panels that we can circulate a brine solution in to bring the solution down to colder than 32°, and then, start spraying water on it, which, for the last two days, nature has taken care of that for us. and then freeze it, and it becomes ice that you can skate it. >> as you can see, the ice is
about an inch thick, and it'll get up to 1.5 inches thick. with that, we can control the ice. most people that do outdoor skating rinks make a big sand box, and they lay these tubes in it, cover it with sand, and then, the ice gets to be about 6 inches thick or 8 inches thick. well, with that thick, you're not going to control the surface. it gets wet with the sun. that makes it unique with our 1.5 inch thick ice, with the panels. >> this year, we're bringing a unique feature to san francisco. it's a skate track that runs down through the trees. it's over 400 feet of track. this is sort of models after -- modelled after the city hall in
austria. you can make a narrow skating path and get that experience. >> what we are doing is working with the san francisco unified school district to bring any kids who go to school in the tenderloin to skate here for free. the operators have been wonderful in making that possible, and we have been -- we, the recreation and parks department, have been the people connecting schools to this ice rink. >> there has to be well over 100 people that have either been married or proposed to on the ice. in fact, they have this club that gets together once a year, and they go down to john's grill, and they celebrate and drink and eat and dine, sometimes before, sometimes after skating. they go to union square, and they relive those magical moments all once again. so who knows, with city hall being right here, we could see an increase in proposal and marriages on the ice. i don't know, but i've been on it.
it's not just about you coming and getting on the ice, it's about you coming and skating successfully, skating safely, and creating those holiday magical . >> the san francisco carbon fund was started in 2009. it's basically legislation that was passed by the board of supervisors and the mayor's office for the city of san francisco. they passed legislation that said okay, 13% of the cost of the city air travel is going to go into a fund and we're going to use the money in that fund to do local projects that are going to mitigate and sequester greenhouse gas emission.
the grants that we're giving, they're anywhere from 15,000 to, say, $80,000 for a two year grant. i'm shawn rosenmoss. i'm the development of community partnerships and carbon fund for the san francisco department of environment. we have an advisory committee that meets once or twice a year to talk about, okay, what are we going to fund? because we want to look at things like equity and innovative projects. >> i heard about the carbon fund because i used to work for the department of environment. i'm a school education team. my name is marcus major. i'm a founding member of climate action now. we started in 2011. our main goal it to remove carbon in the public right-of-way on sidewalks to build educational gardens that
teach people with climate change. >> if it's a greening grant, 75% of the grant has to go for greening. it has to go for planting trees, it has to go for greening up the pavement, because again, this is about permanent carbon savings. >> the dinosaur vegetable gardens was chosen because the garden was covered in is afault since 1932. it was the seed funding for this whole project. the whole garden,ible was about 84,000 square feet, and our project, we removed 3,126 square feet of cement. >> we usually issue a greening rft every other year, and that's for projects that are going to dig up pavement, plant trees, community garden, school garden. >> we were awarded $43,000 for
this project. the produce that's grown here is consumed all right at large by the school community. in this garden we're growing all kinds of organic vegetables from lettuce, and artichokes. we'll be planting apples and loquats, all kinds of great fruit and veggies. >> the first project was the dipatch biodiesel producing facility. the reason for that is a lot of people in san francisco have diesel cars that they were operating on biodiesel, and they were having to go over to berkeley. we kind of the dog batch preferentials in the difference between diesel and biodiesel. one of the gardens i love is the pomeroy rec center.
>> pomeroy has its roots back to 1952. my name is david, and i'm the chamber and ceo of the pomeroy rehabilitation and recreation center. we were a center for people with intellectual and development cal disabilities in san francisco san francisco. we also have a program for individuals that have acquired brain injury or traumatic brain injury, and we also have one of the larger after school programs for children with special needs that serves the public school system. the sf carbon fund for us has been the launching pad for an entire program here at the pomeroy center. we received about $15,000. the money was really designed to help us improve our garden by buying plants and material
and also some infrastructure like a drip system for plants. we have wine barrels that we repurposed to collect rain water. we actually had removed over 1,000 square feet of concrete so that we could expand the garden. this is where our participants, they come to learn about gardening. they learn about our work in the greenhouse. we have plants that we actually harvest, and eggs from our chickens that we take up and use in cooking classes so that our participants learn as much as anybody else where food comes from. we have two kitchens here at the pomeroy center. one is more of a commercial kitchen and one is more setup like a home kitchen would be, and in the home kitchen, we do a lot of cooking classes, how to make lasagna, how to comsome
eggs, so this grant that we received has tremendous value, not only for our center, for our participants, but the entire community. >> the thing about climate, climate overlaps with everything, and so when we start looking at how we're going to solve climate programs, we solve a lot of other problems, too. this is a radical project, and to be a part of it has been a real honor and a privilege to work with those administrators with the sf carbon fund at the department of environment. >> san francisco carbon grant to -- for us, opened the door to a new -- a new world that we didn't really have before; that the result is this beautiful garden. >> when you look at the community gardens we planted in schools and in neighborhoods, how many thousands of people now have a fabulous place to walk around and feel safe going outside and are growing their
own food. that's a huge impact, and we're just going to keep rolling that out and keep rolling that bett. san francisco department of environment is a place where climate hits the street. we know that we don't have all the answers. we need to support our local champions, our local community to find creative solutions and innovations that help us get to zero waste. >> zero waste is sending nothing to landfill or incineration,
using reuse and recovery and prevention as ways to achieve zero waste. the grant program is a grant program specifically for nonprofits in san francisco to divert material from landfill. it's important to find the san francisco produce market because there's a lot of edible food that can be diverted and they need positions to capture that food and focus on food recovery. >> san francisco produce market is a resource that connects farmers and their produce with businesses in the bay area. i think it's a basic human right to have access to healthy foods, and all of this food here is available. it's a matter of creating the infrastructure, creating jobs, and the system whereby none of
this goes to waste. since the beginning of our program in july 2016 to date, we've donated over 1 million pounds of produce to our community partners, and that's resulted in over 900,000 meals to people in our community, which we're very proud of. >> carolyn at the san francisco produce market texts with old produce that's available. the produce is always excellent. we get things like broccoli, brussels sprouts, bell peppers. everything that we use is nice and fresh, so when our clients get it, they really enjoy it, and it's important to me to feel good about what i do, and working in programs such as this really provides that for me. it's helping people. that's what it's really about, and i really enjoy that. >> the work at the produce
sc . >> welcome to the meeting of the commission on the environment, and thank you, all of you, for being here on this rainy evening. anthony, will you call the roll. >>clerk: good evening. this is a meeting of the san francisco commission on the environment. the date is tuesday, november 27, 2018, and the time is 5:02 p.m. a reminder that the ringing and use of cell phones, pager's and other electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.
please remember the chair may remove persons from the room of the use of any cell phone, pager or any sound producing device. please note there is public comment on every item on the agenda as well as public comment for general items that aren't on the agenda. you also have a right to speak anonymously. the chair will call folks in the order of the speaker cards that we receive them, and then we'll give folks an opportunity to speak anonymously if they like. after that, we ask that you please fill out a speaker card and hand it to me, and i will hand it to the chair. so with that, we'll move to item one, call to order. [roll call] >>clerk: there is a quorum. the next item is item 2, the
president's report. this item is discussion. >> good evening. welcome to the commission on the environment. tonight, we have two presentations, followed by the closed session performance evaluation of director debbie rafael. special welcome to our guests from the san francisco planning department, the economic world forum, and the silicon valley blockchain society. i want to thank commissioner stevenson for sponsoring the presentation on blockchain society, and its future environmental programs and policies. one of the commission's mandates in the city charter is for us to hold meeting to help educate the department and the public on new trends that may impact the environment in san francisco. blockchain is a very interesting innovation, and many of us, especially me, are interested
about learning about this. so let's get started. is there any public comment on the president's report? hearing none, next item, anthony. >>clerk: the next item is item three, approval. meeting minutes. this item is for discussion and action. >> great. so this is for the september 25 meeting. do i have a motion? >> i move. >> commissioner wan. >> second. >> commissioner stephenson second. is there any discussion or any changes, commissioners, on the minutes? okay. do we have any public comment on the minutes of the 25th of september, the commission meeting? okay. hearing none, all in favor?
[voting] >> any opposed? okay. motion carries. and the next item is -- >>clerk: the next item is item four, approval of the october 18, 2018 joint meeting with the commission on the environment status of women. this item is discussion and action. >> and this was a very, i think, historic meeting on the commission on the status of women and the commission on the environment. i think it's the first time that both commissions have met to discuss the environmental impacts and how those environmental impacts impact women and families. it was really very thoughtful. lots of lively conversation, as well. do i have a motion to accept the minutes of october 24 the join meeting on the commission of the
environment and the joint meeting on the council on the status of women. commissioner stevenson has made the motion. commissioner wan has seconded it. is there any comments, commissioners? any public comment? hearing none, all those in favor of approving the minutes of the 24 of october, signify by saying aye. vogue vogue. >> any opposed? thank you. next next item. [agenda item read] >> hi. anastasia gliksten, and i wasted a little bit of my time to come here to say shame on you.
why do you continuously allow pesticides to be used on parks? they're not good for us, and particularly bad for children. agriculture uses more, that we need it for biodiversity, it's ridiculous. how can you follow that when each of them are linked -- maybe not to the satisfaction of chemical company, but sufficiently linked with whole array of diseases -- childhood diseases. and just to tell you that davidson was poisoned on 15 of november . this time, they probably didn't
interesting. -- [inaudible] >> -- but once you start, he had road egress, and really long training which probably cost the district tons of money. and before this, he was small businessperson who was doing his without any herbicides and it was just fine. another item, i think i have time to say, what they were going to do when they were removing manually cape ivy. you do have to -- what happens if you do it with herbicides, you have to come back and spray again. this i.p.m. meeting in san francisco. thank you. >> thank you. any other public comment -- public comment? hearing none, next item?
>>clerk: the next item is item six, discussion of the american planning association award for excellence in sustainability for the san francisco better roofs ordinance. this item is for discussion. >> yes, and director rafael will present that. so in lieu of our environmental service award, today, we'll be hearing about the award that the city received for an innovative environmental policy. >> thank you, president bermejo. this award was given to us a while back, but due to scheduling, we're coming tonight, and in lieu of the award given to the provide sector, we're talking about an award that we got ourselves. and what is so exciting and interesting for me on this particular award is that there were past commissioners, ruth gravanis, who was such a passionate champion about biodiversity and about the need for green roofs that every time
we talked about a green roof as being a roof that had solar panels on it, she would say it needs to be considered both. and the planning department was thrilled at that, as well because it had been something near and dear to their heart, as well. so this is something that the commission on the environment, the planning commission, and then, the two departments worked hand-in-hand to form a first in the nation policy that has become a model nationally, and so it's time to celebrate and acknowledge the power of what we can do, all of us together. so with that, why don't you come
up. >> good evening. i'm jeff jazzlene. i'm with the san francisco planning department. i'm here to provide an update on the san francisco better roofs ordinance which requires solar panels or gardens on certain roofs since october 2017. i'm joined by barry hooper, primary orchestraitor of a number of the key ordinances, as well as advancement of the ordinance itself. san francisco as we know as a history of being both remarkably cool and impressively green. under the leadership of director rafael and the commission, the city has been widely emulated
and a thought in best practices leader nationally and internationally. until relatively recently, there was an exception to this environmental leadership legacy. the same could not be said of greener living roofs. while we had outstanding examples about the city and a remarkable one in process and transbay, we had no will policies or programs in place specific to their implementation. to begin to address that deficiency, the planning department conspired with the p.u.c. and s.f.c.-s.f.e. to lure the preeminent international green roofs conference to the city. we hosted the cities alive conference in 2013 which catalyzed our bringing together the trades, agencies and other green experts and fanatics. well, actually, we're all fanatics. in anticipation of the conference, spur conveyed a green roof task force which
resulted in a specific long range strategy known as a greener and better road map for san francisco. the road map was announced at the ensuing conference in october 2013. this brought us closer to catching up with other cities such as washington, portland, philadelphia, and toronto. following the conference, a group consisting of representatives from the department of the environment x the planning department, and p.u.c. began to work in earnest to further assess living roof technical and economical efficacy as well as to map out a specific perspective policy. we coined the nomenclature as we were in a drought at the time, and we were concerned that green might equate to excessive
irrigation. a cornerstone of our effort was the commissioning of a cost-benefit study that tested various generic buildings and scales. for each building type, the results were impressively positive. they demonstrated that living roofs were net positive for all projects with substantial environmental and economic profits for the city as a whole. in the process of transparency we ensured that this could be used by other municipalities in other climates, both economic and climateological. this result was pioneering and largely the result of barry's effort. working large wee with our partners, we crafted an agreement in support of senator
wiener, with the green roofs project. the second phase established that solar living roofs are a combination to be deployed. these requirements which took effect on january 31, 2017 constituted the first such mandate in the country. the time between the previously mentioned 2013 conference and the moment the ordinance took effect in 2017 was used to develop a complete geography set of i ever willmentation tools. when the ordinance took effect we were fully implementation ready. and these are among the accrued benefits anticipated to accrue over 15 years. 15 to $100 million in additional tax revenues, between 60,000 and 385,000 tons of carbon he mission avoided or is he
questered. since that time we recently assisted in developing an economic analysis similar to denver to support a citizen driven ballot initiative to garner votes. san francisco was invoked as denver and portland advanced their policy case and made their requirements. we also provided information recently in support to new york and vancouver, both of which are in the process of advancing similar ordinances. since adoption, in addition to the anticipated beneficial results locally, the better roofs ordinance has become an flunl force in advancing the development of this highly effective means for the city in terms of the project and
municipal scale to positively and meaningfully respond to climate change. took us four years to move from that first conversation to implementation, the result and influence has not gone unnoticed. the ordinance received an award from the california chapter of the american planning association for innovation and green community planning about 1.5 years ago, and more recently, the planning department and the department of the environment were bestowed an award because of fully carbon offset and f.c.c. certified award looks like this. that concludes my presentation. i'd be happy to answer any questions, but first, with your permission, i'd like to present this to director rafael, barry hooper, and the planning
department on behalf of the san francisco sustainability association. [applause] >> any comments or questions? >> in the interest of the commission's time, i did not have prepared remarks, but appreciate the great and thorough presentation, jeff, and appreciate the partnership with the planning department and support we've gotten from the p.u.c., particularly water enterprise and the department of building inspection, as well, so it's been a broad every day, spur. a number of community stakeholders, you know, were great contributors, and contributed the momentum that led to the adoption of the ordinance, so really appreciate the out come and it has been an -- outcome and it has been an inspiration elsewhere. thank you. >> thank you.
>> yes, sir? [inaudible] >> -- green roofs initiative. now that we're requiring green roofs, if someone's got a project and it involves a green roof, i guess especially if it's solar, do neighbors have an ability to complain or object based on aesthetics, like in some cities? >> well, it is san francisco. we haven't had that experience, particularly since these are passive facilities. frankly, there have been lots of discussions about rooftop facilities and their impacts, but those impacts have been social because in this case we're talking about nonsocial spaces, other solar or green roofs which are specifically managed as a landscape, not as a park or other type of space. we haven't had that experience. it doesn't mean we won't, but
that's our experience so far. >> right. thank you. >> any other questions. >> do we still not have a shade ordinance? >> shade for -- >> well, i guess it's an antishade ordinance, really, that people can't shade your -- your green roof for your solar? >> we do not. we have allowable building heights. they're -- they're established by the -- by the zoning code, the planning code. part of the opportunity in the flexibility with both the solar and green components as an and-or would be if shading was a potential issue for a solar component that living roofs
would still succeed in that environment and could be used in that. >> that's good. yeah. thank you. >> thank you. >> any other questions, commissioners? is there any public comment? hearing none, maybe we should have a photo. do we need a photo opportunity? yes. let's do a photo -- a quick photo. anthony, do you have your camera or -- >> up here or down there? >> down there. >> okay. some people are --
>> thank you for indulging us with the photo. next item -- >>clerk: just want to make sure -- >> oh, sure want to make arthur there's no public comment. i asked before, but i didn't see anybody jump up. last chance. okay. moving onto the next item. >> okay. item seven, discussion of blockchain technology and the future of environmental programs and policies. this item is for heather stevenson, commissioners, and there's two presentation. one is the uses and technologies of blockchain technology.
the speaker is ashley lindquist, and the second is the change of the future of blockchain technologies. >> okay. thank you, anthony. and before we get started, we just want to remind to hold our questions until the end of all the presentations out of respect for the time of our visiting presenters. feel free to ask clarifying questions during the presentations, but we'll save the longer ones for after the second presentation. also a note to the public that we will take public comment at the end of this item, after the second presentation. thank you. commissioner stevenson. >> hi, everybody. as many of you know, i work in tech startup, so i'm working in technology, mostly the communication since 1996, so i'm dating myself a little bit there, and i mostly focus on communication and marketing. throughout my workday, i
interact with a lot of different startups, and i am constantly thinking about ways that the environment maybe the climate could intersect with technology. unfortunately, a lot of that focused on zero waste because i work in an office where a lot of people are not sorting their trash correctly. we're constantly focusing on our communications plans, all the ways that we use communication across the city to get our message out. but lately, i've been thinking more broadly about technology innovations and how that could impact climate on a broader scale. i had the great opportunity over the last year to have some meetings with some of the folks from c-40 and with debbie, and their women for climate program has a technology challenge that's going on right now, if you know a great women working
in tech, if they have some great ideas, the deadline for that is november 30. i've been thinking a lot about how we can take technology and the environment and apply it in a broadway. specifically this all coincided with me getting really intrigued in blockchain. i'm just one of those people that likes the new stuff coming down the line, and wanting to stay up on it, so i started attending different meeting and hearing different companies presenting about blockchain. there are implications to this tech that could be applied to climate or civic life that we haven't thought about. i talked to debbie and we thought this was an opportunity for us to kind of look toward the future and see what the future has to bring to us or maybe start some conversations that apply to us as time goes on.
because as president bermejo mentioned, we have an obligation here at the commission to educate ourselves and the city on some of these things. i want to thank debbie and the whole energy team who met with me starting about six months ago to talk about this presentation and we -- to start to kind of frame what the issue could look like and we could have these conversations. we decided to break it into three parts specifically. first we're going to hear a blockchain 101-style presentation. it's hard to think about. we all think it's bitcoin and cryptocurrency, but it's more than that. we thought we'd bring in some people to talk to you about that. secondly, there's going to be a discussion about potential pit falls. you may have read some things in the news about energy usage surrounding blockchains, so we're going to have a conversation around things like that. some of things like privacy also come up during that discussion,
and finally there's going to be a discussion on potential opportunities to use blockchain for developing future environmental programs and policies. we're very excited about that. we're very fortunate to have with us today to very remarkable and distinguished experts, ashley landquist of the world economic forum is going to be giving our first presentation, and aman ban is the president of the world blockchain foundation. thank you. >> hi, everyone. [please stand by]
decentralized data bases no one has. assets, whatever the transaction may be. transparency. traceability of the transactions. irreversible records and automatic execution. automated smart contract. so first, the ledgers or distributed ledgers is the term for this. we distributed. there are thousands of computers around the world. second with the