Juliet Ellis

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Juliet Ellis is on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and also the Board of Directors of the David Brower Center. She "has a Masters of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in environmental and urban studies from San Francisco State University. Prior to becoming Director for Urban Habitat [1], Juliet was the Associate Program Officer for Neighborhood and Community Development at The San Francisco Foundation. She was responsible for all aspects of grantmaking in the areas of workforce development, housing, homelessness, economic development, community development, and neighborhood planning.

"Juliet has served on numerous regional and local boards and committees, including the Oakland Homeless and Low-Income Taskforce, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the San Francisco School of Volunteers, and the Alameda County Public Health Disparities Taskforce. She currently serves on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Boards and Steering Committee of Transform, the David Brower Center, the Partnership for Working Families, and the White House Environment and Climate Taskforce." [2]

Chez Sludge

The Food Rights Network released a major investigative report on July 9, 2010 titled: Chez Sludge: How the Sewage Sludge Industry Bedded Alice Waters. [4] It examines collusion between the Chez Panisse Foundation and the SFPUC based on an extensive open records investigation of the SFPUC internal files. (To view the internal documents see: SFPUC Sludge Controversy Timeline.)

Sewage Sludge to Gardens Controversy

In 2009 and 2010 a major controversy erupted in San Francisco involving Juliet Ellis when the Center for Food Safety and the Organic Consumers Association called on the SFPUC to end its give-away of toxic sewage sludge as 'organic compost' for gardeners.[5]

Resources and articles

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  1. Urban Habit blog accessed March, 2010
  2. Staff, Green For All, accessed October 19, 2009.
  3. Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Communities Steering Committee, organizational web page, accessed June 1, 2013.
  4. John Stauber, Chez Sludge: How the Sewage Sludge Industry Bedded Alice Waters, PRWatch.org, July 9, 2010
  5. Jill Richardson, Food Sunday: Toxic Sludge as 'Organic Fertilizer', FireDogLake, March 7, 2010.