November 12 2013 Commission on the Environment Special Meeting Retreat Agenda


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013, 2:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.


Commission Members:  Commissioners Arce (President), King (Vice President), Gravanis, Josefowitz, Stephenson, Wald, and Wan


Public comment will be taken before the Commission takes action on any item.

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Call to Order and Roll Call.

Welcome and Introductions. Speakers:  Commission President Joshua Arce, Dean of City College Chinatown Campus, Minh-Hoa Ta, and Michelle Gorthy, Co-chair of the CCSF Sustainability Committee who will be highlighting the Sustainability Innovations at Chinatown City College. (Discussion)

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Strategic Plan Presentation.  (Explanatory Document:  Draft Strategic Plan) Speaker:  Director Nutter (Informational Presentation and Discussion)

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Discussion and Feedback on Metrics in Strategic Plan. (Discussion)

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Presentation on the Final Climate Action Strategy.  Speaker: Calla Ostrander, Climate Action Projects Manager (Informational Presentation and Discussion)

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Renewable Energy Program Update.   (Explanatory Documents: Link to Renewable Energy Task Force Recommendations Report, Charting the Path to 100% Renewable Energy Presentation and Staff Update on Renewable Energy Task Force Recommendations. Speaker: Danielle Murray, Renewable Energy Program Manager (Informational Presentation and Discussion)

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Discussion of 100% Renewable Energy Goal. (Discussion)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Community Outreach and Engagement.  (Explanatory Document:  Outreach Overview Presentation) Speaker:  Guillermo Rodriguez, Director, Policy and Communications (Discussion)

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  Next Steps. (Discussion)

6:15 – 6:30 p.m. Public Comments:  Members of the public may address the Commission on matters that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.

6:30 p.m. Adjournment 

** Copies of explanatory documents are available at (1) the Commission’s office, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, California, 94103 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., A photo identification is required for access to the building. (2) on the Commission’s website; (3) upon request to the Commission Secretary, at telephone number 415-355-3709, or via e-mail at [email protected] within three business days of a meeting. If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the Department of the Environment, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103 during normal office hours or will be made available on the Commission’s website as attachments to the agenda or meeting minutes.

Important Information

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

NOTE: Persons unable to attend the meeting may submit to the Commission on the Environment, by the time the proceedings begin, written comments regarding the agenda items above. These comments will be made a part of the official public record and shall be brought to the attention of the Commission on the Environment members. Any written comments should be sent to: Commission Secretary of the Environment, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103 by 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing.  Comments that cannot be delivered to the Commission Secretary by that time may be taken directly to the hearing at the location above.  When bringing handouts to meetings, please photocopy on both sides of the paper and try to use post-consumer recycled or tree-free paper.  Also, please bring sufficient copies of handouts for the Commission, the Commission Secretary and the public.

Public Comment

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission but are not on today’s agenda.  Public comment will be taken following each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes, unless otherwise announced by the President. If it is demonstrated that the comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.

The Brown Act forbids the Commission from taking action or discussing any item or issue not appearing on the posted agenda.  This rule applies to issues raised in public comment as well.   In response to public comment, not on an agendized item, the Commission is limited to:
1. Briefly responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public, or
2. Request staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting, or
3. Directing staff to place the item or issue on a future agenda (Government Code Section 54954.2(a).)

Disability Access
The Commission on the Environment Retreat meeting will be held at City College of San Francisco, Chinatown North Beach Center, 808 Kearny Street, 9th Floor, Room 905, San Francisco, CA  94108.  The meeting room is wheelchair accessible.  The closest accessible BART station is the Montgomery Street Station, in San Francisco’s Financial District on Market Street. MUNI lines serving this location are: #8X, #8AX & #8BX; 45 Union/Stockton to Stockton and Jackson; Mason-Powell Cable Car to Mason & Filbert St.; #30 Stockton to Stockton and Jackson.  For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142. 
In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products.  Please help the City accommodate these individuals.  Individuals with chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call the Mayor’s Office on Disability at (415) 554-6789 or (415) 554-6799 (TTY) for additional information.

The following services are available on request 48 hours prior to the meeting; except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline shall be 4:00 p.m. of the last business day of the preceding week:  For American sign language interpreters or the use of a reader during a meeting, a sound enhancement system, and/or alternative formats of the agenda, agenda packets, and minutes, please contact Monica Fish at (415) 355-3709 to make arrangements for the accommodation.  Late requests will be honored, if possible.

Know your Rights under the Sunshine Ordinance
(Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)

Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils, and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business.  This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review.  For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, Sunshine Task Force Administrator, City Hall, Room 409, One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA  94102-4683 at Phone No.: (415) 554-7724; Fax No.: (415) 554-7854; E-mail: [email protected]  Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City’s website at

Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code §2.100, et. seq] to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at: 25 Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112, web site at

Monica Fish, Commission Secretary
TEL:  (415) 355-3709; FAX: (415) 554-6393