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something. i just love the city. i love everything about it. when i'm away from it, i miss it like a person. i grew up in san francisco kind of all over the city. we had pretty much the run of the city 'cause we lived pretty close to polk street, and so we would -- in the summer, we'd all all the way down to aquatic park, and we'd walk down to the library, to the kids' center. in those days, the city was safe and nobody worried about us running around. i went to high school in spring valley. it was over the hill from chinatown. it was kind of fun to experience being in a minority, which most white people don't get to experience that often. everything was just really within walking distance, so it make it really fun. when i was a teenager, we didn't have a lot of money. we could go to sam wong's and
get super -- soup for $1. my parents came here and were drawn to the beatnik culture. they wanted to meet all of the writers who were so famous at the time, but my mother had some serious mental illness issues, and i don't think my father were really aware of that, and those didn't really become evident until i was about five, i guess, and my marriage blew up, and my mother took me all over the world. most of those ad ventures ended up bad because they would end up hospitalized. when i was about six i guess, my mother took me to japan, and that was a very interesting trip where we went over with a boyfriend of hers, and he was working there. i remember the open sewers and gigantic frogs that lived in the sewers and things like that. mostly i remember the smells
very intensely, but i loved japan. it was wonderful. toward the end. my mother had a breakdown, and that was the cycle. we would go somewhere, stay for a certain amount of months, a year, period of time, and she would inevitably have a breakdown. we always came back to san francisco which i guess came me some sense of continuity and that was what kept me sort of stable. my mother hated to fly, so she would always make us take ships places, so on this particular occasion when i was, i think, 12, we were on this ship getting ready to go through the panama canal, and she had a breakdown on the ship. so she was put in the brig, and i was left to wander the ship until we got to fluorfluora few days later, where we had a distant -- florida a few days later, where we had a distant
cousin who came and got us. i think i always knew i was a writer on some level, but i kind of stopped when i became a cop. i used to write short stories, and i thought someday i'm going to write a book about all these ad ventures that my mother took me on. when i became a cop, i found i turned off parts of my brain. i found i had to learn to conform, which was not anything i'd really been taught but felt very safe to me. i think i was drawn to police work because after coming from such chaos, it seemed like a very organized, but stable environment. and even though things happening, it felt like putting order on chaos and that felt very safe to me. my girlfriend and i were sitting in ve 150d uvio's bar, and i looked out the window and i saw a police car, and there
was a woman who looked like me driving the car. for a moment, i thought i was me. and i turned to my friend and i said, i think i'm supposed to do this. i saw myself driving in this car. as a child, we never thought of police work as a possibility for women because there weren't any until the mid70's, so i had only even begun to notice there were women doing this job. when i saw here, it seemed like this is what i was meant to do. one of my bosses as ben johnson's had been a cop, and he -- i said, i have this weird idea that i should do this. he said, i think you'd be good. the department was forced to hire us, and because of all of the posters, and the big recruitment drive, we were under the impression that they were glad to have us, but in reality, most of the men did
not want the women there. so the big challenge was constantly feeling like you had to prove yourself and feeling like if you did not do a good job, you were letting down your entire gender. finally took an inspector's test and passed that and then went down to the hall of justice and worked different investigations for the rest of my career, which was fun. i just felt sort of buried alive in all of these cases, these unsolved mysteries that there were just so many of them, and some of them, i didn't know if we'd ever be able to solve, so my boss was able to get me out of the unit. he transferred me out, and a couple of weeks later, i found out i had breast cancer. my intuition that the job was killing me. i ended up leaving, and by then, i had 28 years or the years in, i think. the writing thing really became intense when i was going through treatment for cancer because i felt like there were so many parts that my kids didn't know. they didn't know my story, they
didn't know why i had a relationship with my mother, why we had no family to speak of. it just poured out of me. i gave it to a friend who is an editor, and she said i think this would be publishable and i think people would be interested in this. i am so lucky to live here. i am so grateful to my parents who decided to move to the city. i am so grateful they did. that it never
>> providing excellent customer service to each other so that we can succeed together. because we're a small division out here, and we're separated from the rest of the p.u.c., a lot of people wear a lot of different hats. everyone is really adept not just at their own job assigned to them, but really understanding how their job relates to the other functions, and then, how they can work together with other functions in the organization to solve those problems and meet our core mission. >> we procure, track, and store materials and supplies for the project here. our real goal is to provide the best materials, services and supplies to the 250 people that work here at hetch hetchy, and turn, that supports everyone here in the city. i have a very small, but very efficient and effective team.
we really focus hard on doing things right, and then focus on doing the right thing, that benefits everyone. >> the accounting team has several different functions. what happens is because we're so remote out here, we have small groups of people that have to do what the equivalent are of many people in the city. out here, our accounting team handles everything. they love it, they know it inside out, they cherish it, they do their best to make the system work at its most efficient. they work for ways to improve it all the time, and that's really an amazing thing. this is really unique because it's everybody across the board. they're invested it, and they do their best for it. >> they're a pretty dynamic team, actually. the warehouse team guys, and the gals over in accounting work very well together. i'm typically in engineering, so i don't work with them all day on an every day basis.
so when i do, they've included me in their team and treated me as part of the family. it's pretty amazing. >> this team really understanding the mission of the organization and our responsibilities to deliver water and power, and the team also understands that in order to do that, we have a commitment to each other, so we're all committed to the success of the organization, and that means providing excellent customer service to each other so that we can succeed >> good afternoon, everyone. i am the mayor of the city and county of san francisco and i am here to welcome mayors from all over the country, including the u.s. conference of mayors on the centre for climate and energy solutions, to this great city. we are all gathered here today
for a common cause. of taking meaningful action to combat climate change. as we all no kak this is an issue that is bigger than one of our cities, one of our regions and this country. climate change is the defining issue of our time. and the choices we make today, the commitment we can agree on and are sustained cooperation, will determine whether or not we rise to the challenge. i am proud that san francisco is one of 150 cities that took part in the survey conducted by the alliance for a sustainable future. writing climate change takes all of our cities working together to share information, practices and ideas so we can come to -- come up with effective solutions that will protect our environment for generations to come. and san francisco, we are truly proud of the work we have been doing for years it for years to
implement sustainable policies that work while growing our economy. since 1990, we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and cut our landfill disposal in half, all while growing our economy by 111%. to do this, which champion zero waste policy, advanced clean energy initiatives, reduced emissions from public transportation and our home to some of the most sustainable buildings in the world. but we are not stopping there peerk we are adopting policies to meet our goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. by the year 2013, we have committed to cutting our landfill waste -- waste in half, to carbon icing all of our new buildings, and achieving -- by the year 2013 -- 30, we want to
be more sustainable. we can achieve this by working across our borders as one a global community, to push for strong environmental protections together, we have the ability to create a cleaner and greener sustainable future for generations to come and as we move forward this week, san francisco, as you know, will be hosting the global climate action summit. i'm so excited that jerry brown has chosen the city and county of san francisco, we have been a leader in the effort to combat climate change. as we bring people from not only all over the united states, but all over the world to san francisco, we will continue to push the envelope and demand action. the whole point of this climate summit his action. it is about coming up with solutions. san francisco, is much as we
live in a bubble, we can't do it alone. we need everyone here and the leaders of many of these great cities who are joining us today will help us lead the way. with that's, i would like to introduce the president of the u.s. conference of mayors, from columbia, south carolina, mayor benjamin doshi has been a great leader and a wonderful leader with the u.s. conference of mayors. mayor benjamin. [applause] >> thank you, so much for having us here today. we are honored to be with you and i appreciate your generous hospitality. we are looking forward to working with you in the days ahead. my name is steve benjamin. i'm the mayor of columbia, south carolina have a privilege of serving as president of the united states conference of mayors. if you grabbed me a brief point of personal privilege, i will go down a line and have our
[cheers and applause] >> the united states conference of mayors has long been a proponent of need to address climate change. mayors have been on the front lines, taking action on climate protection efforts and in many cases, launched local energy efficiency programs to reduce our carbon footprint in american cities. the president's decision to withdraw from the paris agreement was not only shortsighted, it was not representative of our nation process leaders and their communities. the fact is, the nations of mayors have never waited on
washington, d.c. to act. you will see, in the next weeks and months and years ahead, mayors continuing to use our collective power to lead the nation on this critical issue, regardless of what happens at the national level. at the same time, it is critical we have a federal government that takes climate protection seriously and is willing to step up the two the plate to deal with this national and global issue. we do call on the administration and on congress to reengage and work with us as we tackle this incredibly challenging issue. our efforts are strengthened by the support of strong partners. that is why we've formed an alliance with sustainable future to help us engage with the business community. the alliance's purpose is to bring mayors and businesses together to identify ways we can work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build more resilient communities and create a more sustainable future we had a great session earlier
this morning. we heard about what cities and business communities are doing together to reduce our carbon footprint. we discuss how this best practices could be replicated throughout the united states. today, the alliance is releasing a new survey of which cities are doing to advance climate solutions and to meet the challenges ahead. the report demonstrates cities of all sizes are committed to action. in fact, we have 75 smaller cities, those less than 100,000 citizens respond to the survey. this demonstrates there is broad-based support in urban america, suburban america and rural america up for action, if we have access to the right tools and strategies. shows that climate change impacts all of our communities. collectively, we are making a significant difference. right now, our nation needs thoughtful leaders who care about the environment and care
about the world that we have inherited from our ancestors. at you care deeply about their world we are passing on to our children. you need to look no further than america's mayors for this leadership. mayors get things done. fighting climate change is no exception to that rule. i would like to ask my friend, a fantastic leader, the chair of the alliance for sustainable future top our salt lake city mayor to unveil the major findings from our reports. mayor? [applause] >> thank you. thank you, mayor benjamin. i wanted to give you a few brief highlights from the survey. this is the second year we have conducted this research. with this work, our plan is to continue to monitor the progress so -- cities are making towards achieving their climate change goals and to share this
information across the country. we are confident this information exchange will identify ways cities and businesses can match up with one another so that policy and programs can be replicated quickly and efficiently. we need to learn from each other and identify resources to help each other achieve our goals. on the reasons why are abundantly clear. as you can see from the answers of a new question, we asked this year, has your city experience impacts of climate change in the last five years? and the answer is no surprise. ninety-five% -- 95% of the cities said yes.
right here in california, you can see the impact most directly through devastating wildfires and droughts, issues impacting my city as well. it is also important to note that cities are not just experiencing one impact of climate change. they are experiencing several changes all at once. so what are we doing about it? our survey found that more than 70% of the cities have energy efficiency policies for new and existing municipal buildings and more than half have established energy-efficient -- energy efficiency policies for new and existing commercial and residential buildings. in the area of transportation, nearly 60% of city governments
have a green vehicle purchasing policies with an additional 26% considering such action. cities have tremendous purchasing power. with cities purchasing over 13,000 vehicles annually, while gas and diesel vehicle purchases are still prevalent, you can see that with these policies in place, a real shift is not only possible, but is underway. besides municipal fleets cap cities also have options for their residents. with 94% of city respondents having best transit and 92% bike lane policies with implementation. this scrap -- of this scratches the surface of our findings and i encourage you to take a closer look at the survey and thank you very much for being here today. [applause]
>> now i would like to introduce mayor john mitchell, the mayor of new bedford, massachusetts for some remarks. >> thank you, mr president. good afternoon everybody. i want to thank mayor benjamin for your leadership in the space you are one of the mayors he pushed very hard for all the mayors to sign up to the 100% renewable pledge. i want to commend jackie for her leadership as well in promoting this report and making this happen. everyone should take a close look at it's contents and spread the word. because it is a reminder of two things. that mayors are the big problems facing america and facing the world, americas mayors are meeting the challenge.
secondly, those challenges are very real. i want to thank tom cochrane executive director, for being in the space for a long time before it was popular to be that way for america's mayors and the staff is well. america's mayors clock by the very nature of their job, don't have to remove themselves from the abstract and get real. we are where the rubber hits the road and every respect. and it is true of climate change in our particular case, new bedford is the biggest commercial fishing porridge in the united states. we see, over time, in the fish that come in. a few years ago we are one of the biggest lobster ports in the world his. we are no longer that because the water has gotten warmer at those lobsters back even though they have small legs, have migrated north.
they are no longer around in southern new england. it is one example. i see our beaches where -- which are not nearly the size of what they once worked when i was a kid. and we see what happens this week. i just wanted to throw this out there as food for thought about the kinds of things that mayors deal with. mayors on the east coast of the united states have to be mindful of hurricanes. mayors from miami all the way to new bedford. and this week i was asked on an am station, what about the storm , florence that is in the middle of the atlantic? i said, you know, we are keeping an eye on it. we always do. i should probably take a closer look. i had my team take a closer look at it and i did my own google research. i found a washington post case. this is three days ago that said that the storm, florence, where was the atlantic three days ago was in a place where no storm had hit the united states since
1851. out of 67 identified storms in that time. sixty-seven, not a single one hit the united states. the folks in the carolinas are about to learn clock you will shortly -- and fortune experience in a few days, it will hit the east coast. so the aberrations are becoming the norm. and we see it all the time. that is why a report like this helps us focus on not only what we can do to prevent the problems today, but also, ten years from now, 20 years from now, 50 years from now. the survey reported that cities spend $1.6 billion annually on electricity, which represents a significant amount of purchasing power and opportunity for cities , as mayor benjamin was alluding to, catch a loop -- use collective influence to make change. so we do.
think do it in columbia and they don't salt lake city and across america. fifty-four% of the cities have renewable energy goals another 80% are considering setting a goal. these goals have made real results in cities. they have reduced our electric consumption considerably from fossil fuels. in our particular case, we are at 71% renewable. there are eight cities in america who have hit 100% and more that are rapidly approaching. sixty-five% pure care for municipal operations. and they derives the vast majority of their needs through renewable sources. i will add these other data points, 37% of cities have set communitywide renewable energy goals with another 19% considering it at 51% of cities have policies or programs that help citizens and businesses
cues renewable energy options. these numbers are going to grow in part because of the idea sharing mechanism that is the u.s. conference of mayors. we talked to one another and share ideas. again, this is another place where we are sitting dorsett single standard. as mayor benjamin mentioned, we do not wait for the federal government to act. thank you, everybody. [applause] >> thank you, mayor mitchell. i will invite the trustee of the u.s. conference of mayors and the mayor mayor of des moines, iowa. >> mayor benjamin, all mayors, we are proud to be her as a mayor of san francisco said. it is a convening of people who are elected, and others to talk about the future of this planet and talk about the future of this country and talk about it from a perspective that is local
quite frankly, for all of us, remembered some of the work -- and a look at tom cochrane back here and remembering being in copenhagen. boy, we had some great hopes and thoughts and hopeful outcomes that were going to happen as a result of that convening. but we all know that not everything happens that we wanted to have happen. i will tell you that it is local government leaders like the people that are here before you today whose voices jumped out. after that occasion, all the way to parents, we had to show not only in the united states that local government that this is where stuff happens. this is where the consequences of actions and inactions on climate change actually manifest themselves. someplace, somewhere. it is not just the mayors here, it is a mayors around the world.
i know that we continue, through the conference of mayors, to speak with other mayors around the world and i believe that it is those mayors at the local levels that spoke out and gave the courage to the heads of state to vote for and accept the paris climate agreements. in spite of the fact that there is debate as to whether the united states is still in, i want you to know that there is over 500 mayors that have said we are still in. we are still part of this wasp was to go along with thousands of other mayors around the world , as we celebrate that moment in knowing that this is also where it happens. this is where we will have to take the actions that are necessary to meet those paris goals. with that, i will say that in
des moines, iowa, we sit in the middle of the country and you always wonder, what are they doing here? there is no sea level rise and there's probably not a hurricane there, but you should have been in joint -- des moines on june 30th this year, you would've had a nice day up until about 9:00 and then it started raining by about 1230, there was areas in des moines that received over 10 inches of rain and three and a half hours port i have to tell you, that is like a monsoon. out in the middle of the plains in iowa and the cornfields in the streams on the rivers, they filled up really fast. and those are becoming more normal. we have to decide how we will work to do it and how we will achieve our goals. i will tell you, it is not only those of us at the local government level, but it is partnering with our businesses, with our residents that are in each and every one of our communities in making a plan and working for a plan and often,
those are led by the city. in our case, one of the great accomplishments that has happened in iowa and in des moines, art -- our disc attributed -- our distributed energy provider. started in 2004 when they had two% of their power created by renewables. today, it was just verified by the iowa utility commission, at the end of 2017, mid american energy, through wind, has stepped up now to 50.8% of their energy that they produce is by renewables. they have also committed -- they have two new projects going along that will boost their investment and went into. as a look at my partner over
here from salt lake city, by over $14 billion. by 2020, we are hoping that we will effectually create 100% of the energy produced by mid american energy in iowa through their sources in the energy they provide that will be renewable. that is a kind of gold that we need to reach. that is a kind of partners we need to have. let's hope we can accomplish it and maintain and retain this planet for all of our future generations. thanks. [applause] >> thank you frank for your comments. we are all available for questions. our president, our chairman, executive director and c.e.o., tom cochrane is here with us as well. he did not introduce themselves
earlier but he and bob have been doing fantastic work making sure the business community of mayors have been working together for the last several years. we look forward to watching that partnership grow. questions? i will say this. i am with you -- if you get no questions, you wrap it up really quickly, i do want to congratulate mayor breach, not only taking her leadership role here in city hall, but almost immediately thereafter, she was named a cochair of mayors for the 100% clean and renewable energy partnership that we have with the sierra club. we are ready for 100. this leadership, i want to highlight because mayor bree joins myself and others in a barbed -- bipartisan, bicoastal commitment to this. this is not d.r. or red or blue issue. this is an issue that seems to
protect america's feature and of course, make sure we maintain our rightful place in the world. as you meet people over the next several days, i am going back home to south carolina to deal with the issues presented by hurricane florence. as you meet people, make sure it is clear to them that america's leaders, may be, save one are committed to working on this issue together in a thoughtful, meaningful way. we are stronger when we work together. thank you and god bless you. [applause] . >> 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 >> please welcome, canyon sayers roots.
indigenous peoples have been stewards of the land for thousands and thousands of years i am honored to be present here that you acknowledge that. i am here to offer a song. my mother and grandmother believe that one song and ceremony and dancing stops, so does the earth. i too believe that and i would like to offer this song. without that we would not be here. we share this time and space together for a reason. it is with humility and gratitude and present mindedness that i welcome you here to our territory. [singing]
>> can i hear a good '02 send that out in a good way? we have a responsibility to the earth. we need to ensure safety. don't support carbon trading and please keep the fossil fuels in the soil. honor our mother earth and our father sky and our next generation. [cheers and applause] [♪] >> please welcome our master of ceremonies, the head of communications for bloomberg, linda douglas. [♪]
>> hello and welcome to the global climate action summit. i am honored and humbled to be here in san francisco was such extraordinary leaders from around the world. these are leaders from every sector, every industry, business , government, technology , philanthropy, entrepreneurs and artists, inventors, investors, scientists and students. all united by a common goal. the goal of protecting the people who live on our planet by confronting the existential threat of climate change. we are off to an auspicious start. on saturday, tens of thousands of citizens around the world march to demand greater climate action to fulfil the promises made three years ago in paris. our task becomes more urgent every day. can this summer, temperatures, once again reached record highs. people are dying as wildfires burned their houses to the ground. they are starving as droughts
destroy their crops. hurricanes and other disasters have claimed thousands of lives. displacing entire populations causing billions and billions of dollars in damage. of course, at this very moment, hurricane florence is bearing down on the eastern seaboard and already one and a half million people have been told to evacuate their homes. florence is said to bring 50% more rainfall due to climate and human -induced climate change. meanwhile, tropical storm olivia is sweeping across hawaii. since the start of the hurricane season, this is an astonishing number, there have been eight other named storms in the atlantic and 14 more in the pacific. here in california, more than a dozen different wildfires are tearing across the state. so now is not the time for us to rest. this year marks the halfway point between the adoption of
the paris agreement and 2020. a critical moment when carbon emissions must peak if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change. by mid century, we must be carbon neutral. these are ambitious goals. by the speakers you will be hearing from over the next few days are working hard to achieve them. it won't be easy and the solutions won't be perfect. we are learning by doing. as we undertake a more radical shift in our global economy that has ever been previously undertaken. we will make mistakes and we will see some failures along the way. but we cannot and we will not back away from this fight. so all of you here today and all of you watching around the world are proof that we will not back away from this fight. please join me in welcoming someone who is heading the way right here in san francisco. the newly elected mayor of san francisco, london breed. [♪] [cheers and applause]
>> mayor breed: hello, everyone. is my distinct pleasure to welcome all of you to san francisco for this incredible, a global climate action summit. we are united here today to take action on the defining issue of our time. protecting our environment and fighting against climate change. this is an issue that is bigger than one city, one region or country. the choices and commitments we make over the next few days and are sustained cooperation will determine if we are able to lead a better future for the next generation. california has long been a leader on climate action and san francisco has been at the forefront of those efforts. since 1990, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 30%
and cut our landfill disposal in half. all while growing our economy by 111%. [cheers and applause] >> mayor breed: we are proof that you can have a strong and growing economy while advancing ambitious environmental policies we were the first major safety to ban single use plastic bags and i pushed legislation to establish the strongest set -- styrofoam ban and enact drug takeback policies to test 40 tons of prescription medication out of our bay and landfill. [cheers and applause] and our 100% renewable energy program, clean power s.f., has produced and resulted in greenhouse gas reductions, equivalent to taking 17,000 cars off our roads.
by the year 2030, we are committing to for major initiatives in san francisco. cutting our landfill waste in half. decarbonization all new buildings, achieving 100% renewable energy and continuing to issue more green bonds to finance critical infrastructure that is desperately needed to combat climate change. today, thank you. [applause] >> mayor breed: today i ask you to join us. the impacts of climate change are not constrained by borders. our actions shouldn't be either. let's send the world a bold message of action, unity and determination. together we can go further to protect our planet and our people for generations to come. thank you all so much for being here and enjoy your time in san francisco. [cheers and applause]
in this san francisco office, there are about 1400 employees. and they're working in roughly 400,000 square feet. we were especially pleased that cleanpowersf offers the super green 100% clean energy, not only for commercial entities like ours, but also for residents of the city of san francisco. we were pleased with the package of services they offered and we're now encouraging our employees who have residence in san francisco to sign on as well. we didn't have any interruption
of service or any problems with the switch over to cleanpowersf. this clean power opportunity reflects that. i would encourage any large business in san francisco to seriously consider converting and upgrading to the cleanpowersf service. it's good for the environment, it's good for business and it's good for the community.ood even.