• Laura Tam

    Sustainable Development Policy Director at SPUR

    At SPUR, a public policy think-tank, Laura works to advance public dialogue and improve local policies around climate change, water issues, green infrastructure, energy, and green buildings. She has written a prioritized climate action plan for the City of San Francisco, proposed priorities for the city’s wastewater capital program, and successfully advocated to shut down the Potrero Power Plant, among other things. She directs SPUR’s work on climate change adaptation, which has produced numerous public programs, advocacy, and several major research reports on how the Bay Area can adapt to sea level rise and the water supply challenges wrought by climate change.

    She has served on two task forces convened by the Mayor of San Francisco to advance renewable energy policy. In 2013, Laura was honored by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as a “Woman Making History” for contributions in the field of science and sustainability. Laura is currently a Board member of Friends of the Urban Forest, and formerly served on the Citizens’ Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and on the Advisory Committee of the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3). Prior to working at SPUR, she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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