The 2017 Good Government Awards, Held on March 22, recognized outstanding performances by Managers Working for the City and County of San Francisco.
Donnie Oliveira’s creative, inclusive and effective efforts help San Francisco achieve its ambitious environmental protection goals. An innovator of environmental messaging, Oliveira created clever, culturally sensitive public outreach campaigns like Real Foodies Compost, which promotes composting to millennials, and Chinatown Zero Waste, whose tagline “Turn Food Into Gold” connects composting to core community values. In 2014, he took on the challenge of figuring out how to communicate the city’s complex, 35-step Climate Action Plan to diverse audiences in just 30 seconds. Oliveira’s greatest impact may be his work to create a permanent entry-level jobs program within the department. Environment Now, launched in 2009, brings diverse San Franciscans into the environmental movement and has provided job training and skills development to more than 100 people while helping the city reach more communities with its message.