Commission on the Environment, Councils, Committees, and Taskforces

The San Francisco Department of the Environment has several policy and advisory bodies. 


Environment Commission

The Environment Commission sets policy for SF Environment and advises the mayor and Board of Supervisors on environmental matters. Appointed by the mayor, the seven-member commission develops policies and programs in recycling, toxics reduction, environmental justice, energy efficiency, commute alternatives, climate change, and the city's urban forest. The Environment Commission has a Policy Subcommittee and an Operations Subcommittee.

The Policy Subcommittee oversees long-term planning and policy development for the department, including the assessment of environmental conditions and the development, updating, and review of plans for the long-term environmental sustainability of the city. The subcommittee focuses on the goal of zero waste to landfill by year 2020, and explores the issues of water conservation and toxics reduction. It also works with the Operations Subommittee and the director of the department on the restructuring of environmental programs and activities among city agencies and departments.

The Operations Subcommittee is responsible for the budget, financial planning, and operations of the Department of the Environment. The subcommittee also oversees public education and community outreach on environmental issues.

Urban Forestry Council

The Urban Forestry Council advises City departments, including the Board of Supervisors and the mayor. Its tasks are to develop a comprehensive urban forest plan; educate the public; develop tree-care standards; identify funding needs, staffing needs, and opportunities for urban forest programs; secure adequate resources for urban forest programs; facilitate coordination of tree-management responsibilities among agencies; and report on the state of the urban forest.

Task Forces, Working Groups, Initiatives

Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee

The seven members of the Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to provide advice on current energy efficiency programs and the spending and allocation of energy efficiency funds.

Municipal Green Building Task Force

The Municipal Green Building Task Force provides communication among city departments on green building issues and policy development, supports the integration of green building practices into city departments, and plays a key role in implementing Chapter 7 of the Environmental Code. The task force consists of a representative from each of the city departments list below and one member of the public.

Past Task Forces, Working Groups, and Initiatives