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Climate-resilient economic recovery, racial equity, and public health

By Sandra Hamlat, January 25, 2021

As solutions come forward to address the health and economic disasters resulting from Covid-19, it is critical that we not delay taking action to address the racial inequities and climate change that are already here.

As in other major cities of the world, San Francisco is objectively focused on the health, food, and shelter emergencies resulting from the pandemic. In addressing this unprecedented emergency and the economic devastation it has caused, the Mayor and the President of the Board of Supervisors convened one of the first Economic Recovery Task Forces in the country — and several other working groups — to look at immediate and longer-term proposals.

At the same time, San Francisco’s recently created Office of Racial Equity has taken a leadership role in both the Covid-19 response and recovery efforts. Investments in climate-resilient infrastructure and the transition to a lower-carbon future can drive economic recovery and promote racial equity and public health in San Francisco.

The City of San Francisco’s Climate Resilience Team recently prepared a white paper on a Climate-Resilient Economic Recovery. You can read or download the five-page PDF here.



Northern Section Board member Sandra Hamlat is a Principal Resilience Analyst in San Francisco’s Office of Resilience and Capital Planning.


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