FUN SUSTAINABILITY FACTS FROM CORPORATE GREENING
Last week, some 150 sustainability-minded San Franciscans gathered at the California Academy of Sciences for sf.citi’s latest event, Corporate Greening: Building Sustainable Companies.
The evening featured a fantastically female panel of sustainability experts, including The Academy’s Director of Sustainability, Dr. Elizabeth Bagley, Director of Environmental Impact at Gap, Inc., Christina Nicholson, Global Sustainability Strategy and Operations at Google, Laura Franceschini, and Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Debbie Raphael. Before an audience spanning the City’s tech and nonprofit sectors—as well as The Academy’s resident penguins—these four thought leaders explored the far-reaching impacts of sustainability initiatives and how to communicate that impact in the corporate world.
We heard plenty of fun sustainability facts, including the details of San Francisco’s recycling infrastructure and Google’s leadership on renewable energy. Throughout the evening, guests also marvelled at the natural wonders of Argentina, the Galápagos, and the Congo as they toured The Academy’s BigPicture Natural World Photography exhibit. Most importantly, we learned that each and every one of us can (and should) champion sustainability within our companies and organizations. Read more below.
DROPBOX HIRES SF HIGH SCHOOL GRAD FOR THE SUMMER
Last week, sf.citi met Marlon, a recent graduate of San Francisco’s Mission High School and summer intern at member company Dropbox.
Marlon was Dropbox’s first high school intern, recruited through Dropbox’s longtime Circle the Schools partnership with Mission High School and the San Francisco Education Fund. Receiving job-readiness training and weekly support from Enterprise for Youth, Marlon spent the summer working in Dropbox’s Information Technology and Services (ITS) team. Under the mentorship of Jesus, an experienced manager of Dropbox’s Physical Inventory Operation team, Marlon learned how to image laptops for Dropbox employees, manage equipment requests, and coordinate Dropbox for Good’s laptop donation program.
Talking to Marlon and Jesus, sf.citi learned that internships like Marlon’s are a “win-win” for tech companies and students. As with many sf.citi members, Dropbox has long demonstrated its support for our local community. Creating an internship curriculum for students like Marlon is yet another example of Dropbox’s commitment to developing tech talent in San Francisco. Learn more about Marlon’s summer in tech in the blog below.
SIGN UP TO PACK MEALS FOR 9/11 DAY
Next Wednesday, September 11, join sf.citi in volunteering at the Second Annual Bay Area Meal Pack for 9/11 Day.
In partnership with 9/11 Day, HandsOn Bay Area, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, sf.citi hopes to turn September 11 from a day of tragedy into a day of doing good. Like last year, sf.citi is working with 9/11 Day’s other event organizers to galvanize volunteers throughout the Bay Area to pack meals for those in need. Our Bay Area Meal Pack will be one of eight 9/11 Day Meal Packs taking place in cities across the country.
Help us pack 275,000 meals for Bay Area people in need. Here’s how to volunteer:
- Volunteers must pre-register by filling out the registration form for the 2019 Bay Area Meal Pack for 9/11 Day.
- Select “sf.citi” as your affiliated organization from the drop-down list.
- Choose the volunteer shift that works best for you. Shifts are two hours starting at 9:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 11.
CAFETERIA LEGISLATION MOVES BACK TO COMMITTEE
Prompted by ongoing negotiations between sf.citi member companies and labor leaders, Supervisor Safaí stated he would move the measure back to committee pending the finalization of ongoing labor negotiations. The measure, which has evolved from an outright ban on corporate cafeterias to requiring a conditional use permit, could still be reintroduced in the future. We at sf.citi are proud to see our members working to provide continued upward mobility for their workforce and look forward to collaborating with Supervisor Safaí on this solution.
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