SFDPH Task Force Involvement
As a member of the Cruise Terminal Environmental Advisory Committee (CTEAC), created in 2003 by the Port of San Francisco, SFDPH helped review environmental initiatives and recommended feasible measures and practices to address air and water quality concerns associated with construction of the new cruise terminal at piers 30-32. The collaborative process was extremely successful and resulted in several agreements and accomplishments, including the establishment of a Green Award presented to environmentally friendly cruise ships visiting San Francisco, and agreement on the importance of shoreside power. However, the plans for constructing a new cruise terminal at Piers 30-32 were changed. In January 2007, the Port formed a Cruise Terminal Advisory Panel, a blue ribbon panel whose purpose is to review whether, where and how a new cruise terminal project should be implemented, and to develop a recommendations to the Port Commission.
The Western SoMa Citizens Planning Task Force shall promote neighborhood qualities and scale that maintain and enhance, rather than destroy, today's living, historic and sustainable neighborhood character of social, cultural and economic diversity, while integrating appropriate land use, transportation and design opportunities into equitable, evolving and complete neighborhoods. SFDPH is a member of the Western SOMA Task Force.
This Working Group is comprised of representatives from City departments and coordinated by the Mayor's Office of Climate Protection Initiatives and the Department of the Environment. Climate Working Group members are tasked with creating Departmental Climate Action Plans, as stipulated in the San Francisco Environment Code (updated May 2008).
The San Francisco Biosciences Task Force was created by the Board of Supervisors and is charged with making policy recommendations regarding the biosciences industry for consideration by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. The director of the Environmental Health Section participates as a non-voting member of the Task Force in order to support research and review of aspects of the industry relating to land use and health and safety. The Section has researched regulations applicable to the Biosciences Industry and best practices with regards to regulations.
For more information on health and safety regulations and biotechnology refer to the following resources:
- Regulation of BioTech Industry
- Comparison of Several Jurisdictional Approaches
- Glossary of BioTech Terms
SFDPH staff working in the Children't Environmental Health Promotion program provide support to the Board of Supervisors-appointed Asthma Task Force. The Asthma Task Force is a policy advocacy group charged with improving environmental, school, and clinical care conditions for people with asthma, in order to reduce the impact of asthma.
Mayor's Open Space Task Force and Working Group
The Mayor's Open Space Task Force is an integral part of the Open Space 2100 Initiative. The Open Space 2100 is a planning project to help provide a long-term, sustainable roadmap for using, acquiring, developing, funding, and managing open space in San Francisco.
Turf Task Force
The SF Recreation and Park Commission created the Turg Task Force in 2008 to fulfill three objectives: (1) identify primary environmental and health concenrs related to synthetic turf materials, (2) synthesize the scientific research available and discuss relevance to San Francisco playfields; and (3) Provide feedback to inform Department recommendations and a course of action to the Commission. The Turf Task Force developed a report, "Synthetic Playfields Task Force Findings and Department Recommendations."
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.
The Pedestrian Safety Task Force was created as result of an Executive Directive on Pedestrian Safety (10-03), issued by former Mayor Newsom in December 2010. The Directive called for the implementation of short-term priority pedestrian safety actions and a longer-term Pedestrian Action Plan to improve pedestrian safety and walking conditions in San Francisco. The Directive set a citywide target of a 25% reduction in serious and fatal pedestrian-related injuries by 2016 and a 50% reduction by 2021, as well as the goals of reducing neighborhood inequities in serious and fatal injuries and of increasing walking. The Pedestrian Safety Task Force was created to coordinate and implement short-term pedestrian safety actions and develop a longer-term action plan to achieve the larger goals of the Directive. The San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Municipal Transportation Agency were designated as the lead agencies for the effort, and have been co-leading the Task Force since 2011.