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>> good evening. this is a meeting of the san francisco commissioner on the environment. date is tuesday march 26, 2019. and the time is 5:07 p.m. note the ringing and use of cell phones and pagers and sound producing devices are prohibit and the chairman may order the removal of anyone and a note to the public, there will be public comment on every item as well as an opportunity to for general comment for items that aren't on
the agenda. we ran out of speaker cards. there's a lot of folks in the room so we have a few speaker cards here we received. the chair will call the speaker cards we received first and then folks can come to the microphone one by one after that. you also have a right to speak anonymously. with that we'll move to item 1, call to order and roll call. [roll call] there is a quorum. the next item is item 2, president's welcome. this item is open for discussion. >> commissioner: welcome, opportunity. i hope you had the opportunity to see the wonderful slide show in honor of cal broomhead. we thank you for joining us tonight. it's a very special meeting for the commissioner on the environment and our meeting today is held in honor of our
friend cal broomhead. he worked at the san francisco p.u.c. and the department of the environment for decades and moved the needle on energy and climate worldwide while his warmth and kindness moved us all. it's fitting we have a 100% renewable electricity item on today's agenda because in so many ways his decades of service have brought us to this point. when we get to item 5 in a few minutes, i want to make sure i welcome all of to you come up and speak during public comment to commemorate cal. that's probably why we ran out of speaker cards. with that, if there's any public comment on the president's welcome? and before we go to the next
item i want to before we get to our meeting acknowledge our fellow commissioner wan was the honoree for supervisor sandy fewer for one of the outstanding women in the community. it's fitting this year's theme was champions of peace and non violence so congratulations, commissioner wan for a wonderful distinction. and with that next item. >> clerk: the next item 4 approval of the minutes of then 22 commission on the environment meeting the document say january 22 draft minutes. thes item is for discussion and action. >> do i have a motion? thank you, commissioner. second? commissioner wan. seconded by commissioner wan and
moved by commissioner sullivan. any discussion or changes? commissioners? hearing none, any public comment? hearing none, all in favor of approval of the minutes, signify by saying aye. opposed? motion carries. thank you. next item? >> clerk: the next item is item 4 public comment, pub -- members of the public may address the commission on item of which are not on the agenda. >> public comment on anything that is not on today's agenda? hearing none, next item. >> clerk: item 5, presentation of a posthumous commission on the award to cal broomhead san francisco department of the
environment. the item is for discussion. >> this item is going to be presented by commissioner wald. >> commissioners and members of the audience, it is my enormous honor to present kathleen bloomhead a posthumous award for cal broomhead. he always made everyone feel appreciate and today we'll try to do that today. it's easy to look at the goals in the city's climate action plan and see how well the san francisco department of the environment serves the residents of the city and the county of
san francisco. but i've been on the commission on the environment long enough to know that before cal broomhead there was no energy or climate program. in fact, cal was instrumental in making san francisco the first city to develop a climate action plan. he also contributed to the san francisco electricity resources plan which help bring about the calendar of the bayview-hunters point power plant. [applause] >> commissioner: that's because cal was the rare time of person who was both a visionary and had the practical experience, the boots on the ground to organize and lead actions that would definitely and significantly and prominently and clearly protect
the environment. two decades ago cal was advocating and pushing to get san francisco and the rest of the world off the reliance on fossil fuels. from testifying before the california public utilities commission to attending global conferences and local meetings cal was ubiquitous. literally everywhere you went in the world in the world of energy and climate, the sight of cal or the mention of his name brought a warm smile and a new friend. cal's audacity and creativity led to san francisco being a recipient of the pg&e charge. he had an unwavering commitment to peace and justice. he was fair and went to bat for staff as an advocate for public
employees unions including local 21. he was a teacher, a friend and an inspiration for many many people my selself included. those who knew him miss him and are moved by the thought of him. the residents of the city and county of san francisco and the global community are forever in his debt. thank you kathleen and the entire broomhead family for letting us have cal for so many years. now, he is at peace and resting with his creator. as we will hear later in this meeting his legacy lives on and our love for him will never diminish. may i read this? this is our environmental
service award. it says the san francisco commission on the environment pos -- posthumously honors cal broom head for contributing as a program manager with the san francisco department of the environment.head for contributi program manager with the san francisco department of the environment. >> commissioner: rafael, would i like to say a few words? >> thank you, commissioner. it's hard to summarize a life. it's impossible. when i think about cal, i think about the word legacy because that's something he talked about also, what is his legacy towards the end of his work at the department of environment. when i look up the definition of legacy it's not very inspiring but i found the definition that
for me speaks in better words than i can think about of what cal has done. a holistic legacy is when you're ground in offering yourself and making a meaningful lasting and energizing contribution to humanity by serving a cause greater than your own. and cal served the cause greater than his own. he is energizing as you know on so many levels when i think every time i think about cal, i think about some time he made me smile. and he made me believe that i too was in it for the legacy for a cause greater than my own so i miss him. when i see the three of you sitting there i see cal. you are his legacy as well. we are all the beneficiaries of his love and his teaching.
and i know we're going to hear a lot more specifics and when i see the faces of who showed up today, it just makes my heart sing. so thank you for letting us be here. now, so someone you are well aware of, jarrod bloomenthal he couldn't be here but wanted to die video. here's -- wanted to do a video. here's jarrod in video. >> hi, it's jarrod. i'm sorry we're all gathered here. cal was such a force of energy it's hard to believe he's not still with us. i know many people will be hearing messages from around california. i wanted to really put my voice forward because cal was absolutely an amazing person as we all know. i remember on the first day he came to the department of
environment we were new and there were 10 of us and had 15 ideas of what we were going to do and he told me what we're going to do with solar and energy efficiency. all the things cal came up with we end up doing. he was an idea man that understood how to implement things to make real change. from energy watch to solar roof program to thinking about what do we do and cal came up with a great idea when you sell a house, there's lots of money transacting so let's do energy efficient projects. people often think of the met foreof someone climbing up the mill with a backpack full of bricks and cal actually did. i said cal what are you doing? he said i want to get stronger each day and he did as he mentored people in the department. he was really nurtured people's creativity and spirit and showed
them the path to help people and business. those businesses we dealt with early in the day with energy watch he dealt with them day after day and a thought these folks were crazy complaining about nothing and cal said no, they have good ideas how to make the program better. we all loved cal and miss cal desperately. there's no one quite like him but the good news is that he had an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm to solve problems collaboratively and innovatively and that goes with me every day on what cal taught us and thank you. i know many of us are super sad. cal was one the one to turn that sadness into something positive. let's implement cal's vision. thank you. [applause]
>> and we know we will continue to implement cal's vision because he's now secretary of cal e.p.a. kathleen, at this time would you like to say i few words before we have others join? welcome. >> so these are my children, sarah and john and his sister-in-law and his parents, 95 and 97 really wanted to come but it was a bit much. and his brother couldn't make it either but first i want to thank you all for inviting us. it's an honor to be invited here and to represent cal to receive this award. i get to tell a different spin about his life living with the
man is very different than working with the man. so i think if he was here the first thing he would say is thank you. thank you so much. thank the department and thank you for giving him the opportunity and resources to do the work that he wanted to do and that meant so much to him. when he was first thinking about coming to the department the discussions we'd have at home about well, he was at the p.u.c. at the time and what that would be like, etcetera, and the idea centered around the fact the energy division would then be housed in a place where that was the mission of the department. and he wanted it to be dedicated to the department or to the environment. there are so few employees at the time he was honored he'd get to come and head this part of it or at least help develop it. and he had a lot of energy to do it.
so one day he came home from talking to the then director and said i made my decision and i'll good to work every day to a place where my own values are aligned with everyone around me and the mission statement and he was so excited. i think his actual words were woo hoo -- whoo-hoo and i said what's going on. he integrated work with family because he was a purposeful person and whatever was good for the environment was good for us to do and we needed to put into action in our daily lives. on our first date he said let's go up with a bottle of wine and watch the sun go up and if i knew him then like i knew now i would say lights is a bad sign. you could see every corridor and
every kind of light and he pointed out all the leds and showed me -- you can tell by one project ended and one started by the color of the lights and i thought you're really sweet to me, cal. actually, he never missed an opportunity for education. educating anyone. the first thing he did when he moved around to glen park is walk around the businesses and ask if he can give them a free energy audit and how to improve their energy conservation and also it would be economically beneficial which is the other way you have to think about it sometimes. every time we moved into a new space he'd walk around and knock on the walls and figure out where we'll insulate it and how and plug in a power strip or put adapters on the water faucets and showers to turn water off so you wouldn't waste and if you
wouldn't do it, he would do it and i bet i have a show of fans of who might have had the lights turned off on them while they were still in the room. i think we had something on refrigerator on that, a cartoon at one point. anyway, we're left with great memories of things we worked and built together as a family. we called it family time. they didn't realize at the time it wasn't the most common kind of family time but he had such positivity and enthusiasm we were doing something great for the earth and even if sometimes it looked like the clampet's house because everything we built he used reused materials we thought it was normal. when the kids were 4 and 7 and they were out with their dad and i said what are you doing and they said we're fluxing pipes.
and i said what is that, i don't know what that is, they said we're building our solar system and sanding the pipes. so that was the water heating they put up on the roof but they were always doing something like that together. he also partnered with me to try to instill a love of the earth by spending a lot of time outside. we were in the yards looking for bugs and i was grossed out but we had the worming and the composting going on and in the summer we'd take them every single summer to the redwoods and took road trips through wyoming and montana and california and always emphasized being out here just on our feet on the ground, barefoot, feeling the earth is important so remember this when you go back home to the city. i'm going to let the kids take over for a minute and say the
end. thank you. they're better speakers. >> yeah, just thank you everyone for being here in memory of our dad. i wanted to say what a great privilege it has been to grow up with the ethics instilled in me by my dad and to be sprouurroun by this particular community. it's given the a wonderful framework for viewing the world that reminds me and says to me what's the impact of what you're doing and who does it affect today and who will it affect down the line and in my opinion does a great job of marrying the ideas of personal action and responsibility. being in this unique environment as my mom was saying has given me a little bit of a skewed view of the world. in particular i remember pool noodles as a kid. those long foam tubes you use as floatation devices when you go to the public pool or river or something and walk around my house it was so funny, so
classic dad he used pool need noodle to insulate the pipes and in high school i realized i had been using pipe insulation my whole life, it was the other way around. that was normal in our macgyver hodgepodge home and he made sure the pipes were insulate and it was the attention to detail and maximization of mentality i'm grateful for and it seemed a lot to people outside our circles but it was belief and optimism that the small daily work we do in our homes and jobs and opportunities was important and take us to where we need to go. and he was always so happy and so grateful to have that sentiment reflected in and
magnified by this whole community here. so thank you so much. [applause] >> yeah, i'm resonating with everything, of course, but i'm thinking right now about how i knew at a very early age how much he loved his work. i think i'm remembering one time i think i was telling about my first day of second grade and we talked about my day a lot and okay, dad, that's my day, how was your day at work today and he said, well, let me explain to you something we call the duck curve. another time i think i was about 10 after the b.p. oil spill and he came up to me, all right, sarah, imagine you're in the elevator with the v.p., what do
you say? go. he had a wonderful way of talking about the world and his work and you all and explaining eco systems and we past by sfo and we would say oh, climate change let me explain about sea level rise. anyway, he had a lot of stories about people and backpacking and going on adventures and most were to make us laugh but also to teach us about working together and work environments and a lot of them had to do with empathy and i think he had -- he kind of saw there was a lack of empathy in the world sometimes and how important it is to be understanding and appreciative of all the things that we're lucky enough to have. and that's how he was with us.
a really wonderful, understanding teacher and good listener and so loving and caring. and i think raising a family and building community and his work was all just one thing to him. and i think that's why he loved working with you guys so much. i think everyone here just kind of understands that and love that about this community. so thank you and i think you want to say the last thing. [applause] >> i'm going to close this out because of course we're all very sad and trying to hold it together but in the end, he's hopeful. he's hopeful now. he really celebrated as the department grew. every time he was in the hiring process and going through hundreds of am -- applications
he felt the momentum in the world of so many people in the especially young people. they want to learn and go out and keep the work going. someone told us recently that encouraging our children and the next generation of climate and sustainably conscious people is the best way of gracing our planet with values, all of our values. so that was comforting. and on behalf of both of our families, we really appreciate this acknowledgement. and we also want to announce and invite you and everyone here to a memorial we're having at the first universalist church and we'll get the news out through debbie 1:00 on june 1st. it's a large venue, so 400 people and everyone's welcomes.
cal was behind the idea of local governments working together and the regional energy network. he cared about local governments working together and each jurisdiction to build internal capacity so local governments could do the work to better the environment for their constituents. as many of you have said, he was a trailblazer in the energy world and i love traveling
across the state with cal in the rolling portfolio energy efficiency proceeding listening to his stories and watching him walk in with his big, brown rimmed leather hat that he so often would wear. on a personal level, cal was the most genuine person i've known. he saw the good in people and did what he could to mentor and help staff within the department and other local government agencies. he had a great sense of humor and would love to share stories about his family who he was so proud of. among my greatest sorrows when i think of cal's passing, he never had that wild retirement party at ocean beach he talked about for so often. so i hope those of us gathered here can meet one day at ocean beach and give cal the sendoff that he planned and so well deserved. thank you. [applause]
we have henry hillken and also there are other folks who are going to speaking and remembering cal. if you would like to start lining up. we want to make sure we listen and hear from everyone. please, go ahead. >> madam chair, members of the commission and cal's family. i'm the planning director at managing direct. we have the pleasure and honor of working with cal for many, many years on our climate programs. at the air district, we started our climate program roughly 15 years ago and you know, today most public agencies in california have a climate program. back then, it was much less common. we were looking for partners and san francisco is one of the few local governments that have already taken on climate work. we reached out to the department and cal so so much of our work
on climate is working with cities and counties and how we can support them in their local climate programs and cal was absolutely vital in that. we just, so many times we have as part of that process we convene groups with subject matter experts and in the buildings and energy sector, cal was helpful on sort of helping us sort through the appropriate policy interventions? what's the best fit for working with cities? technically what do the cities need and what's the best fit for us as regulators to support that?
what stuck with me was his humanity and humor. this is not easy work. we feel like we have a backpack full of bricks. it's a human element and that sense of humor that really gets me to the office every morning. i value that in colleagues and it's something i valued in cal a great deal. so i just in conclusion, i want to on behalf of the air district express our great appreciation for cal's leadership. thank you. [applause] next speaker. >> good evening, commissioners. mark palmer, retiree. i can't think of anyone more deserving than cal for this award. when i was applying for my position at the department in 2001, it goes back a ways now, there were about nine people in the department. i was corresponding from a small
town in colorado. moving to san francisco was a big deal for me. i first communicated by e-mail again with david and he referred me to cal broomhead. i wondered what i was getting into here, he seemed very strange. [laughter] >> it's been a fantastic experience and really capped off my career being able to work here, especially side by side with cal. it's been very difficult, obviously, to see cal go so early in his career and his life. he was always committed to the betterment of humanity and he always treated people with great amount of dignity and respect. i have to call cal a character, i guess. unique isn't quite the right word. character is getting close. as jerred mentioned, he was a fountain of ideas all the time. some of them were outlandish and
some of them were brilliant. many of them came to fruition. it's always very stimulating being around cal and hearing this fountain of ideas come out from him all the time. it's been both difficult to see cal's decline. on the same time it's been very heartwarming to see his family's unending love and support. you are truly angels. thank you, very much. [applause] >> next speaker. thank you. >> hell o hello, i'm simon. i've worked with cal for a long time a long time ago. i'd like to acknowledge his family, whom i probably haven't seen in 25 years. cal and i were the founding
members of the green ribbon panel which was a preliminary before the one that exists now. green business program here in san francisco. i really wanted to acknowledge and throw a lot of respect to the key role that he replied in the development of this commission and the department of the environment. before this commission was established, we had a sustainability planning program and process, community process here in san francisco of which he was the major play or for energy. this was back in a time when we didn't have the bue committee bl committee room like this or a meeting room of any kind. hearing his family speak reminded me of a meeting we had at my house. we had these meetings at bars or houses or some place that we could find space. as happened in the shared flat i
lived in, our power went out so cal wanted to know what the situation was with the power and i said oh it's a problem and so we went down in the basement and opened up the fuse box and he said well this is a mess. this cannot remain like this. you got to get this fixed. i said well you know, wore tenants here. he said who owns your building and he said i'll speak with them. and he did. and they fixed our wiring. [laughter] so he just was an extraordinary person and a fountain of ideas as everyone has mentioned. you can never have known him without that being the first thing that comes to mind. he was just a lovely, lovely guy. a heard a couple of months ago, mag see johnson, who actually worked with us on that green ribbon panel so long ago and he
had passed away and it was just a shock because it was so much before his time. i would like to join everyone else and saying what a magnificent addition to both san francisco environmental programs and the world. he was really an inspiration. thank you. >> thank you. [applause] >> my name is neil. i'm a colleague and a friend and some ways a classmate of cals. our kids went to the same school. they got married in high school. on stage that is. cal, we're heard a lot about him. our lives were intertwined in so many ways it was erie. i think of cal like a better version of myself. more accurately, a role model
that i should try and achieve or do what he has done. i mean, he was competent and passionate and audacious. a couple of stories about his competency. he got a call that he had a 10 million-dollar potential 10 million-dollar grant but he needed to get a scope of work together in a week. which is really ridiculous. helping small business. he called and said we got to do this. i said cal you are out of your mind. how are you going to do this? he got it and ran 2 and became one of the most successful programs in the department of the environment. helping small businesses reduce their lighting loads. it wouldn't have happened without cal's audaciousness and competence. and his passion. i did all this stuff because he believed in it. so much so that you know he was arrested, right? but that was way back when diablo canyon, he had a lot of nerve, right. he stood up for what he believed in and he paid the consequences.
he is an inspiration. he is an inspiration. and he also is, as you know, a visionary. he had a vision for electricification before it was a hot issue and way before the san bruno fires or alyseo canyon in l.a. he envisions whole neighborhoods of san francisco without gas lines, just converting over to electricity-only and being clean and safe. if that's one thing i can leave with you guys, like, how can we achieve that vision? that would be a great thing to really honor cal. the other thought is, cal often said, you know, i see him sometimes and he was haggered and he said, i need to be in nature. the other thing i leave all of us is next time we're in nature and we should do this soon, we should think and slow down and we should really appreciate it because that's one of the reasons he was so good at what he did because he truly believed it.
so thank you. [applause] thank you. >> good evening. jerry lar. citizen of the bay area. until recently, i was the energy programs manager. i was there for a while, almost 19 years, and i knew cal for almost all of that. met him at some early time when i was there at some work event. it's difficult to say much more than already has been said. i have to smile at a lot of things that neil said that i can really relate to and cal's audaciousness and that makes me smile. i guess one point that i did want to make is that, i mean, from the very beginning, you know, cal was a friend and a colleague. he really worked with me with
the programs. i mean he was passionate about the city and county of san francisco but it's been alluded to it was more than that. it was city, county, state wide, nationally. i was working on a regional basis and i know our regional programs would not have been what they were without san francisco but without cal personally, they would have not been what they were. some of them wouldn't have been without cal. so i have a lot of respect for cal and certainly all he did for us. one of my final memories of cal was just riding a train back from sacramento from some event. having a beer with cal and talking about energy types of things. cal bought me that beer and i have never been able to repay
him for that beer. i'm looking forward to getting together at some event and having that beer for cal. thank you. >> thank you. [applause] >> hi, my name is annette robero. i am a teacher of the san francisco school of the arts and i'm cal's sister-in-law. i have so many funny memories of him. more importantly, my students in the costuming department are in charge of the environmental program at our school. i get to see his work in action everyday. that's not just in their talking and going to getting out of class. it's them doing their surveys and bringing garbage cans in and taking every piece of paper out and counting everything we're using at that school. now i'm going to be like cal.
how important that is, especially because you know, we all grew up in the generation of ecology now. you had to have that e. where it was almost a joke and it's taken so many years for the next generation to actually live this and i can't tell you how much we talk about the things we could do on a daily basis is what they do and one of the things that would be very great is tech style recycling. there's a program through ecology but it's only for residences, we have these big garbage bags full of bolts of fabrics. unless i have each kid drag a bag home with them. from cal to you through me that would be something that would be awesome. that we start being able to take care of those text styles that i kid you not, we're probably
putting out, i don't know, a thousand pounds a week and i'm not kidding. if you would please think of something like that in honor of cal, that would be totally awesome. thank you. [applause] >> good evening, commissioners and director. i'm karen pierce. i'm a resident. i'm native san francisco i am on the hunters point community advocates. it's threw there i first met cal. i went on a tour to learn about solar panels and cal made sure he took us out to the sunset so that we can see even on a foggy day the meeters were going backwards. i have lots of other stories but there's a very big piece of cal that i didn't think was going to be acknowledged today and i came up here to do that. in all of his work, cal really
understood what is now a buzz word, equity. cal could look at programs and see their unintended consequences as it applied to equity and he was not afraid to step up, point it out, and push until the agencies that were involved were committed to recognizing what those consequences are. i agree he was awesome and i think that awesomeness was most importantly exhibited in his work on equity. thank you. [applause] >> any other public comment?
>> hi, all. eric brooks. i'm a grassroots organizer and environmental organizer in san francisco and that is how i first met cal at very beginning of the process of my work a long time ago, i guess about 15 years ago now. fighting to get clean power sf off the ground in our community choice program. i have to admit, when i first met cal at the beginning of the process and he was skeptical about clean power sf. i knew my stuff and i sat down with him and explained it to him. because he is such an expert, he got it quickly and because of that, i believe that because of cal's influence, san francisco's environment department and the city of san francisco became the
first city to say we cannot, in california, to say we can't meet our climate objectives without clean power sf. so that is just -- i'm sure you've already heard many stories about how cal got things done and that was just one of the things that he got done. he made sure the clean power sf got off the ground and the city took a stand to show how important it was. to me, you know, in this time of crisis, the people that matter are the people that get stuff done. they move the ball forward. cal was one of those people. good on him. >> thank you. [applause] commissioners, is there anyone that would like to add anything about cal and his work? some of the wonderful words to
describe him why fountain of ideas, role model. audacious, visionary and equity. he will be really missed. >> hi. if my member ro memory service,l in the streets of san francisco opposing either military intervention in central america or maybe also the gulf war. probably both. and there was a no blood for oil message frame around the first gulf war. so, then i got to know him in this next iteration at the department. i guess i want to underscore what i think is so beautiful in a person, which is the intersection of 'em path tee and
fierce knowledge. it was fun bumping into him again. it was like wait, don't we know each other from fighting wars but we both arrived at the space together with most of the people in this room around the need to fight for climate justice and equity and scale. scale these solutions of the it's really fun to hear from you guys, the family, about how he lived that in his life everyday and the pool things and the stories about second grade were really moving. i think my role as a parent really seriously in terms of helping raise consciousness and it's nice and moving and touching to hear all he did with you and for you. and for all of us. cal, how do we do it in the solidarity movement you know this so cal broomhead.
thank you, guys so much. [applause] just real briefly, cal was actually my first point of contact as far as i can remember for the department before i even knew what the department was environment did. like a lot of speakers, when i looked at him i was trying to figure him out. i had no idea who this guy was and what he wanted from me. i spoke to instinct in policy makeing and politics that too often we give into sinicism and suspecting people's motivations. he truly was an incredible human being. i remember the last phone call i had with him he seemed to be in such good spirits and it was as if he would be back to work the next week. i miss him a lot and i think of him frequently and i just want to say thank you to his family for sharing him with us. [applause]
>> it's a little hard to get to business after that, and yet it feels so perfect, the timing is perfect. so the agent before you tonight, commissioners, is a resolution supporting supervisor mandelman charge at resolution at the board of supervisors to declare a claimant emergency. clearly the science is before us the science is telling us that we need to reduce our emissions well before 2030, that's 11 years from now. we have no time to spare. we need to approach our work with tremendous intensity and intention. the resolution that you will be voting on was developed by staff and also with you. the policy committee had a very robust discussion about this item, and amendments were made to make the resolution more specific and more focused on the importance of front-line communities, communities of color and low income,
communities as well as the idea of just transition and jobs for all. i want to thank supervisor mandelman, i also want to acknowledge and thank kyle it's merely. he has been phenomenal, and in the realm of no good deed goes unpunished, he was inundated with all people who wanted to be part of this resolution. it started with community, joni and others, who came and said, this is what we must do, and then city departments wanted in and many, many more people wanted in, and he was an amazing arbiter and collaborator. so tonight, before the resolution goes to the full board, you will have a chance to vote on our own resolution in support. we will hear tonight from kyle, and then we will also here from wendy good friend on our climate team who will talk about how this resolution specifically
impacts the work of the department of the environment and what are the next steps we intend to take as part of this resolution journey. with that, kyle? >> thank you, commissioners and thank you for the kind words. a supervisor mandelman and our office is proud to be leading this effort at the forward to declare a claimant emergency in san francisco. and i wanted to take the opportunity to provide context as to the resolution and ask for your support. the effort is the product of committed climate justice advocates who visited our office late last year, explaining explaining that bay area cities like berkeley, hayward, richmond , oakland had already taken a step of declaring a state of climate emergency and that san francisco, is a local climate leader, should join them using the resolution as passed in other cities as a model, our office tailored an emergency declaration for san francisco, and then worked with the
department of the environment, as well as the mayor's office to refined that proposal. supervisor mandelman introduced the resolution in february, and then we have been working with the city department and advocacy groups on amendments that i believe have greatly improved the resolution. and briefly introduce language to expand the scope of the hearing called for by the resolution in order to include partner city agencies and provide citywide collaboration. we also clarified the tactical nature of the report that will be produced by the department of the environment, and we reiterated the importance of addressing wealth inequality and workers rights and calling out the control of the of a transition to an economy. the resolution as amended was approved unanimously at the land use and transportation committee last weekend, and it will go before the board this coming tuesday, april 2nd. i see the resolution before the commission mirrors some of the changes that we have made to the board resolution, and i want to
note our appreciation. san francisco has long been an environmental leader on issues and we are grateful for the tremendous the talented staff and leadership of our department of the environment, namely mr. sheahan and others. they have been instrumental in every step of this process, and in particular, the expert guidance to promote interdepartmental collaboration, which we know is critical to show our shared efforts. i would like to extend gratitude to the groups who pushed us from the beginning, including the climate mobilization, citizens climate lobby, bayview's hunter 's point advocates, mothers out front, san francisco tomorrow, and others. i would also like to thank the labor community, jobs with justice, the labor council, the taxi workers alliance, and others for working with our office to ensure that we enter economic justice and workers rights when it comes to our climate future. i would also like to think in 20
very special people who are here tonight. my parents who flew in from the east coast, hi mom, hi dad, thank you very much. i am happy to answer any questions, and i appreciate your support. >> thank you. good evening, commissioners. i am the climate program manager at the san francisco department of the environment. i also want to start by saying thank you to supervisor mandelman for his leadership on this resolution. it is very exciting for us to be engaged with them and with the stakeholders who brought this to their attention. we all know that urgent action is necessary, and we need to address the climate crisis head on. as an entire city, and we need to move faster and more boldly than before.
tonight, this very brief -- very briefly, i will walk you through how this resolution sets up our department to work with the rest of the city to move forward and accelerate action. as you know, we have bold and aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. we have a target to reduce as much as missions as possible as we approach 2050, and then we are committed to sequestering those emissions that we cannot eliminate. this is important because if we stay the course, if we don't take any further action and let me be clear, we have taken amazing action in the city. we are a global climate leader. if we stopped today and rested on our laurels, because the city is growing, the region is growing, the economy is growing, we will see our emissions go in the wrong direction if we do nothing further then the amazing actions we have already taken, we will see an increase in emissions over time awe