Proclamation: Peter Berg Day (October 1, 2011)

Proclamation (of the)
City and County of San Francisco

Whereas, San Francisco has consistently demonstrated its commitment to environmental sustainability, greening the city via its many parks, along its streets, and infrastructure, its promotion of green jobs and renewable energy sources; and

Whereas, Peter Berg, Founder and Director of Planet Drum Foundation since 1973, was one of the first ecologists to recognize the importance, on an increasingly urbanized planet, of developing sustainable cities and was the originator of the concepts in current usage of the terms “bioregion” and “reinhabitation;” and,

Whereas, In 1986 Peter Berg, via Planet Drum Foundation, brought together knowledgeable individuals to discuss sustainable urban public policy goals which led to the publication of Green City Program for the San Francisco Bay Area which in turn led to the creation of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and its Sustainability Plan; and,

Whereas, Peter Berg developed the Green City Project to educate, coordinate and network the involvement of the general public in environmental activities including the Green City Calendar, a central clearinghouse for environmental, sustainable activities and a vital source of information for all San Francisco Bay Area residents; and,

Whereas, From 1993-2011, Peter Berg through Planet Drum Foundation and the Green City Project carried out Education + Action Programs and Bioregional Education Workshops for teachers, students and residents that have included a broad array of activities: watershed restoration, planting school gardens, initiating recycling systems at schools, and materials reuse in art projects; and,

Whereas, Peter Berg’s work has awakened personal ecological consciousness, fostered increasing environmental awareness, and aided residents in developing ecologically sustainable lifestyles; and,

Whereas, Peter Berg unexpectedly transitioned to his next plane of existence on July 28, 2011 leaving behind a lasting legacy that will be sustained by both the Planet Drum Foundation and the Eliot and Peter Berg Endowment Fund; it has now, therefore, been

Resolved, That, in recognition of his vision, dedication, and leadership, the people of the City and County of San Francisco by and through their Board of Supervisors honors Peter Berg, for his powerful contribution to the residents, government, and civic life of San Francisco, and hereby proclaims:

October 1, 2011 as Peter Berg Day in San Francisco.

Enacted by the Board of Supervisors on September 20, 2011.

(Witness my hand and official seal:

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi)

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One Response to Proclamation: Peter Berg Day (October 1, 2011)

  1. OceanMatt Horrigan says:

    This is such a wonderful and deserved recognition. I invoke Peter’s vision and wordcraft many times a semester when I explain bioregionalism to earth science students. Having Peter as a distinguished speaker in the geoscience department at SFSU was like getting Steve Jobs to speak at a computer science seminar.

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