SF Environment offers grants topping $2 million

(December 3, 2007)

San Francisco's Environment Department is releasing $2,280,000 in grant funds, to be awarded over a two-year period, for community organizations to operate projects in the areas of zero waste, environmental justice, and used oil recycling. The deadline for submission is January 18, 2008. To apply, go to the "Employment, Grants & RFPs" section of the Deparment's website, SFEnvironment.org.

Environmental Justice: The Bayview Hunters Point and Potrero neighborhoods have historically carried a disproportionate environmental burden. The neighborhoods are home to the city's fossil fuel burning power plants, and residents suffer high rates of asthma and cancer. SF Environment's Environmental Justice program will fund up to $1,000,000 for projects that promote "green collar" jobs; locally grown produce and food security; improve indoor and outdoor air quality; reduce electricity demand and the City's reliance on fossil-fueled power plants; and promote economic development.

Zero Waste Grants: SF Environment will award a total of up to $1,200,000 to fund projects that move San Francisco closer to reaching 75 percent waste diversion, with highest priority to those that divert new residential or business tons in a cost-effective, verifiable and sustainable manner.

Used Motor Oil Recycling Grants: SF Environment will award a total of up to $80,000 to increase the proper disposal of used motor oil and oil filters among residents that change their own oil (do-it-yourselfers), thereby decreasing the negative environmental and health impacts of water contamination in coastal and surface water sources.

SF Environment has a long history of partnering with community organizations to promote a wealth of environmental programs. Previous grants have included solar panel installation training, neighborhood art projects, redistribution of food, and health education in the city's southeast.

"San Francisco cannot achieve its ambitious environmental goals unless every sector of the city is pulling its weight," said SF Environment Director Jared Blumenfeld. "By supporting community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity, we empower San Franciscans to build a better city for future generations."