San Francisco Environment Department

May 23 2023 Commission on the Environment Meeting

City and County of San Francisco
Commission on the Environment


Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

City Hall, Room 416
One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Jr. Place
San Francisco, CA 94102



Dial: 1-415-655-0001 • Access Code: 2594 606 8619 • Password: SFGOV


Members of the Commission on the Environment will attend this meeting in-person. Members of the public are invited to observe the meeting in-person or remotely online as described below. Members of the public attending the meeting in person will have an opportunity to provide public comment on every item.


In addition to in-person public comment, the Commission will hear up to 15 minutes of remote public comment on each agenda item. The Commission will hear remote public comment on each item in the order that commenters add themselves to the queue to comment on the item. Because of the 15-minute time limit, it is possible that not every person in the queue will have an opportunity to provide remote public comment. Remote public comment from people who have received an accommodation due to disability (as described below) will not count toward the 15-minute limit.

COMMISSION MEMBERS: Eddie Ahn (President), Sarah Wan (Vice President), Elmy Bermejo, Austin Hunter, Heather Stephenson, and Mike Sullivan.





Public comment will be taken on each agenda item involving discussion or action before the Commission takes action on that item.

  1. Call to Order and Roll Call.


  1. President’s Welcome. (Discussion)


  1. Approval of Minutes of the March 28, 2023, Commission on the Environment Meeting and Approval of Amended Minutes of the March 7, 2023, Commission on the Environment Special Meeting. Explanatory Documents: March 28, 2023, Meeting Draft Minutes; and March 7, 2023, Special Meeting Amended Minutes. (Discussion and Action)


  1. General Public Comment. Members of the public may address the Commission on matters that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.


  1. Presentation of the Commission on the Environment – Environmental Service Award to Commissioner Heather Stephenson. (Discussion)


  1. Staff Introductions. Speaker: Tyrone Jue, Acting Director. (Discussion)


  1. Review and Vote on whether to Approve Resolution File 2023-06-COE, Resolution Authorizing Environment Department Climate and Clean Transportation Grants. Sponsor: Tyrone Jue, Acting Director. Speakers: Cyndy Comerford, Climate Program Manager; and Henna Trewn, Clean Transportation Program Manager. Explanatory Document: Resolution File 2023-06-COE. (Discussion and Possible Action)


  1. Review and Vote on whether to Approve Resolution File 2023-07-COE, Resolution Authorizing Environment Department Clean Transportation Contract. Sponsor: Tyrone Jue, Acting Director. Speaker: Henna Trewn, Clean Transportation Program Manager. Explanatory Document: Resolution File 2023-07-COE. (Discussion and Possible Action)


  1. Update on Racial Equity Progress Report. Sponsor: Tyrone Jue, Acting Director. Speaker: Lavanya Deepak, Racial Equity Coordinator. Explanatory Document: Racial Equity Action Plan. (Discussion)


  1. Update on the Clean Transportation Program. Speakers: Henna Trewn, Clean Transportation Program Manager; Nicole Appenzeller, Senior Clean Transportation Specialist; and Anna Sciaruto, Clean Transportation Specialist. (Discussion)


  1. Update on Refuse Rate-Setting Process and Review and Vote on whether to Approve Resolution File 2023-08-COE, Resolution Encouraging the Refuse Rate Administrator and the Refuse Rate Board to Approve a Refuse Rate Adjustment for Rate Years 2024 and 2025 that Helps San Francisco Advance Its Zero Waste and Related Climate Goals. Sponsor: Tyrone Jue, Acting Director. Speakers: Jay Liao, Refuse Rates Administrator, Controller’s Office; Dave Hilton, Senior Project Manager, HF&H Consultants; Jack Macy, Zero Waste Program Manager, Environment Department; and Jon Braslaw, Director, Recology, Inc. Explanatory Document: Resolution File 2023-08-COE. (Discussion and Possible Action)


  1. Director’s Report. Speakers: Tyrone Jue, Acting Director; and Charles Sheehan, Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer. Explanatory Document: Director’s Report. (Discussion)


  1. Update on the Environment Department FY 2023-24 Budget.
  2. Update on Environment Department Grants.
  3. Update on the Environment Department Office.


  1. Presentation on Commission on the Environment Survey. Sponsor: Charles Sheehan, Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer. Speaker: Kyle Wehner, Commission Affairs Officer. (Discussion)


  1. Committee Reports. (Discussion)


  1. New Business/Future Agenda Items. Speaker: Charles Sheehan, Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer. (Discussion)


  1. Adjournment.


The next meeting of the Commission on the Environment is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Information on upcoming meetings, public hearings, and deadlines, as well as archived minutes and agendas, is available on the website.


Public Comment

Public comment will be taken during each agendized item. The public is asked to wait for the particular agenda item before making a comment on that item. When the moderator announces that the Commission is taking public comment, members of the public can stand before the Commission and be called forward. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes, unless otherwise announced by the President. Comments will be batched so all in-person comments will typically go together, and all Webex or phone comments will typically go together.


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.   Requesting 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).)


Remote Access to Information and Participation

Members of the public will have the following options for accessing the meeting remotely:


Option 1: Watch the meeting via SFGovTV or


Option 2: Watch the meeting using a computer or smart device by clicking on the following link:




  • If you are able to and would like to watch via your computer, please follow these instructions: (1) Click on the link above; (2) Enter your first name, last name, and email address if desired; (3) Click “Join by Browser” (directly beneath the “Join Now” button).


  • If you are able to watch via your smart mobile device: (1) Download the WebEx Meetings application; (2) Click on the link above; (3) Click “Join”; (4) Enter your name and email; (5) Click “Ready to Join.”


Option 3: Join the meeting by phone if you do not have access to a computer or smart device.


  • (1) Dial: 415-655-0001; (2) Enter the Access Code: 2594 606 8619; (3) Enter the Meeting Password: SFGOV.


Participating During Public Comment

Members of the public will have opportunities to participate during public comment. Comments will be addressed in the order they are received. When the moderator announces that the Commission is taking public comment, members of the public can:


  • Participate over the phone by pressing *3 (this step is very important, as it will activate the “Raise Hand” icon in the Participant window).


Depending on the number of people also in line ahead of you, you may have to wait before it is your opportunity to speak. When it is your turn, you will be notified that your line has been unmuted, and it will be your opportunity to speak. Your line will be muted again when your allotted time expires.


Copies of explanatory documents are available (1) on the Commission’s website; and (2) upon request to the Commission Affairs Officer, at telephone number (415) 355-3709, or via e-mail at [email protected].


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.


Please note that persons unable to attend the meeting may submit to the Commission, 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 Commissioners. Any written comments should be sent to: Commission Affairs Officer, Environment Department, 1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 by 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the meeting. Comments that cannot be delivered to the Commission Affairs Officer by that time may be taken directly to the meeting 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 Affairs Officer, and the public.


Disability Access

To obtain a disability-related accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, or to obtain meeting materials in alternative format, please contact Kyle Wehner at (415) 355-3709. Providing at least 72 hours’ notice will help to ensure availability. Written reports or background materials for calendar items are available for public inspection and are available online at Public comment will be taken on each item before or during consideration of the item.


The following services are available on request 72 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 and minutes, please contact Kyle Wehner at (415) 355-3709 to make arrangements for the accommodation. Late requests will be honored, if possible. 


Language Access

Per the Language Access Ordinance (Chapter 91 of the San Francisco Administrative Code), Chinese, Spanish and or Filipino (Tagalog) interpreters will be available upon requests. Meeting Minutes may be translated, if requested, after they have been adopted by the Commission. Assistance in additional languages may be honored whenever possible. To request assistance with these services please contact the Commission Affairs Officer at (415) 355-3709 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Late requests will be honored if possible.



根據語言服務條例(三藩市行政法典第91章),中文、西班牙語和/或菲律賓語(泰加洛語)傳譯人員在收到要求後將會提供傳譯服務。翻譯版本的會議記錄可在委員會通過後透過要求而提供。其他語言協助在可能的情況下也將可提供。上述的要求,請於會議前最少48小時致電 (415) 355-3709或電郵至 [email protected] 向委員會秘書提出。逾期提出的請求,若可能的話,亦會被考慮接納。


Acceso A Idioma

De acuerdo con la Ordenanza de Acceso a Idiomas “Language Access Ordinance” (Capítulo 91 del Código Administrativo de San Francisco “Chapter 91 of the San Francisco Administrative Code”) intérpretes de chino, español y/o filipino (tagalo) estarán disponibles de ser requeridos. Las minutas podrán ser traducidas, de ser requeridas, luego de ser aprobadas por la Comisión. La asistencia en idiomas adicionales se tomará en cuenta siempre que sea posible. Para solicitar asistencia con estos servicios favor comunicarse con el Secretario de la Comisión al (415) 355-3709, o [email protected] por lo menos 48 horas antes de la reunión. Las solicitudes tardías serán consideradas de ser posible.


Access Sa Wika

Ayon sa Language Access Ordinance (Chapter 91 ng San Francisco Administrative Code), maaaring mag-request ng mga tagapagsalin sa wikang Tsino, Espanyol, at/o Filipino (Tagalog). Kapag hiniling, ang mga kaganapan ng miting ay maaring isalin sa ibang wika matapos ito ay aprobahan ng komisyon. Maari din magkaroon ng tulong sa ibang wika. Sa mga ganitongu ri ng kahilingan, mangyaring tumawag sa Clerk ng Commission sa (415) 355-3709, o [email protected] sa hindi bababa sa 48 oras bago mag miting. Kung maari, ang mga late na hiling ay posibleng pagbibigyan.


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, City Hall, Room 244, One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4683 at Phone No. (415) 554-7724; Fax No. (415) 554-5163; 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


Kyle Wehner, Commission Affairs Officer

TEL: (415) 355-3709


Posted: May 19, 2023

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