Senator Wiener’s Work on the Environment
Senator Wiener works to ensure California’s continued leadership in addressing climate change, as well as modernizing California’s approach to water and drought.
In 2018, Senator Wiener passed SB 700, to transform the California energy storage market and extend solar usage into the evening and night hours. SB 700 provides customer rebates for installation of energy storage systems, just as California once did for solar panels. He also authored and passed SB 966, to require the State Water Board to create water reuse standards in California, which will allow cities to implement local water reuse programs while still maintaining public health protections.
Senator Wiener also works to protect the environment and fight climate change via his housing and transportation work. Understanding that to meet our aggressive climate goals, California must decrease its carbon footprint, Senator Wiener strongly advocates for building new housing near public transportation and close to where people work. Our current approach to housing - banning apartment buildings near public transportation and job centers and thus forcing people to move further and further out - have created sprawl, which covers up farmland and open space and increases carbon emissions by creating longer and longer commutes. In 2018 Senator Wiener introduced SB 827 to set minimum housing density requirements around public transportation, thus encouraging more ridership and less driving.
Before his election to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where he authored legislation requiring water recycling and solar panels in new developments. He also authored legislation to protect and expand green spaces, create new parks, and to expand San Francisco’s urban forest.