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Francesca Vietor
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Francesca Vietor serves as Program Director for Environment, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement at The San Francisco Foundation, focusing on efforts to improve the environmental health of vulnerable communities, build resilience in the face of climate change, and protect the natural environment. She is also a Member of The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), where she leads policymaking for the City and County of San Francisco’s water, wastewater, and municipal power services.

Francesca has been a dedicated environmental advocate for more than two decades. Previous political positions include President of the Urban Forest Council, Chair of the Mayor’s Environmental Transition Team, President of the Environmental Commission for the City and County of San Francisco, and Director of the City and County’s Department of the Environment. In 2004, she co-founded 1000 Flowers, a national woman’s voter registration and mobilization effort, which registered and activated over 20,000 women in 47 states. She has previously worked with Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, and Chez Panisse Foundation.

Francesca’s past and present Board appointments include Bioneers, Center for Environmental Health, Environmental Working Group, Save the Bay, Slide Ranch, and SPUR, among others.

Francesca holds a bachelor of Sciences degree from Georgetown University, and she lives in San Francisco and Bolinas with her daughter, Chiara.

Entries by Francesca Vietor

No Time for Wasting Waste

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 11:56 AM

There are dangerous amounts of chemicals entering our air and water. Plastic is swirling around in the ocean and our landfills are overflowing. We stand to either poison ourselves, or get buried under a mountain of trash.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR), wonky as it may sound, may be part of...

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Greening Our Cities: It Takes a Village

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:24 PM

We built our cities 100 years ago, and now our urban infrastructure is falling apart. Like many cities across the country, San Francisco's water, sewer and energy systems are in a major state of disrepair. You should see the mess under our streets. And sometimes you see it above ground...

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Healthy Food and Healthy Hearts

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 11:00 PM

It's hard to compete with love and chocolate on Valentine's Day. The health benefits of both a loving partner and dark chocolate are well-documented. But this Valentine's Day, hearts across the country, and especially in our food deserts, will get an extra boost in the form of President...

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Shout It Out for a Solar Future

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Friday, Jan. 24 is National Shout Out for Solar Day, a time for us to celebrate how far we have come with solar energy in the Bay Area and nationwide. Below are five of many reasons the future is bright when it comes to solar:

1. These days,...

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Don't Waste Your Food

(24) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 10:32 AM

We waste 40 percent of our food in the United States. Can you imagine? We throw almost half of our food away. Perfectly good food for the most part -- food we have either bought too much of, believe has gone bad, or don't think is pretty enough to eat....

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Climate Change and Urban Sustainability: Building the Infrastructure for Resilience

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:50 PM

In 2009, for the first time ever, a majority of the world's population lived in cities. By 2030, six out of ten people will live in cities. By 2050, that number will grow to seven out of ten. That is three billion additional urban dwellers forecasted...

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An Icon in Our Midst: A Tribute to Greg Moore

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 10:32 AM


When the world thinks of the San Francisco Bay Area, we see a place of natural and iconic beauty. Among San Francisco's many breathtaking spots, we appreciate the Presidio, Crissy Field, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate. The San Francisco Bay may very well be...

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Feeling the Heat: Fire in Yosemite

(11) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Today we are 11 days into the seventh largest fire in California's history. And it's not over yet.

As of this morning, the "Rim Fire" has burned 187,000 acres, including our beloved Berkeley family camp. San Francisco's family camp was barely spared, and the fire has now reached Hetch...

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To Grow Healthier Kids, Just Add Water

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 3:47 PM

As a parent of a soon-to-be third grader, I know that my most important job is to make sure that my daughter is healthy, active, and ready to learn. I also know that when it comes to promoting children's health and active learning, experts are quick to encourage a healthy...

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Clean Power Coming Soon to San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Co-authored by John Avalos, Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

By spring, San Francisco will launch CleanPowerSF, a 100 percent renewable energy alternative to PG&E power. CleanPowerSF is the single biggest step we collectively can take to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It creates a...

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Gov. Brown, Please Regulate Flame Retardants and Toxic Chemicals, For Our Children's Sake!

(8) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 2:04 PM

Remember that devil's dilemma, "Would you rather freeze to death or burn to death"? Now it seems that in an attempt to minimize death by burning, California lawmakers have inadvertently created a third option: slow death by chemical poisoning. No choice about it this time.

California law

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Urban Water Management in San Francisco: Conservation by Recession, Efficiency and Innovation

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 2:17 PM

Water, water, everywhere. Reservoirs are overflowing, utilities are beaming and skiers are ecstatic. The City and County of San Francisco is experiencing the wettest year-to-date on record, and we are only half way through January.

Ironically, we are also seeing the highest levels of water conservation and lowest water use...

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What U.S. Municipalities Can Learn From San Francisco's Urban Farming Movement

(9) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 3:24 PM

Last year my 26-year-old niece left her job as an executive assistant at a well-known advertising agency to become an apprentice gardener at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Now, when she moves back to San Francisco, she wants to talk her neighbors into tearing down the fences separating...

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San Francisco Poised to Set Environmental Policies that Will Impact Its Citizenry for Generations to Come

(12) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 5:08 PM

Last week I was elected president of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). What an exciting time to be involved in California politics! My old friends and colleagues Kamala Harris and Gavin Newsom have risen through the ranks and are moving onto the global stage. Jerry Brown squashed the...

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