Summer 2021 Intern: Jocelyn Thai, ‘24 (Undeclared)

Office Description:

The San Francisco Department of the Environment provides solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment programs include Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Clean Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, Urban Forestry, Biodiversity, Environmental Justice, and Public Information Programs.

The Toxics Reduction & Healthy Ecosystems Program leads a variety of programs, policies and projects, ranging from reducing the use of harmful chemicals in residential, commercial and City government settings, to supporting biodiversity and the health of the urban forest. Current initiatives include implementation of a new ordinance that bans the sale of flame retardant chemicals in furniture and children’s products, enactment of a new policy requiring grocery stores to report on the antibiotics used in meat production to address antibiotic resistance, protecting pollinator health, improving worker health in nail salons, and eliminating the use of fluorochemicals from numerous consumer and industrial uses.

Potential Projects:

  • Researching products and identifying safer alternatives
  • Analyzing grocer data and assisting with public reporting of antibiotics use
  • Conducting outreach and technical assistance to commercial businesses and residents
  • Assisting in creating policies and programs that drive the use of safer products in San Francisco
  • Drafting policy and outreach documents
  • Conducting surveys and analyzing results
  • Assisting with the Annual Urban Forestry Report

Desired Skills:

  • Strong desire to learn, proactive and solutions-oriented.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Ability to prepare reports, spreadsheets, data and documentation as well as develop other materials including factsheets and other public communications tools.
  • Ability to work with and communicate to diverse stakeholders.
  • Confident, self-motivated and well-organized individual who is able to work independently and on teams.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information from various sources is a plus.
  • Second language commonly spoken in San Francisco, especially Vietnamese, Spanish and/or Chinese.

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