Formalizing a New Way of Thinking
The SFPUC has realized the benefits of merging multiple resources to accomplish innovative projects for many years. One example is the constructed wetland and rainwater harvesting system located at the SFPUC Headquarters Building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. This system saves potable water, reduce stress on the wastewater system during heavy rains, and serves as a model for decentralized reuse throughout San Francisco. Similarly, SFPUC’s Solar Energy and Resource Recovery programs help harness resources that would otherwise not be utilized, and put them to beneficial reuse.
While reviewing the successful outcomes of these innovative projects and programs, SFPUC General Manager, Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. recognized that this way of thinking was expanding. To build on this momentum, General Manager Kelly asked staff to formalize a new thought process – OneWaterSF - that could be shared across the SFPUC.
Establishing a Vision for OneWaterSF
In October 2016 SFPUC staff kicked off OneWaterSF by publishing the OneWaterSF Vision. This document defines the Vision and Guiding Principles, which serve as the foundation for developing and implementing projects and programs that advance OneWaterSF.
One Water SF Vision
With our OneWaterSF approach, San Francisco will optimize the use of our finite water and energy resources to balance community and ecosystem needs, creating a more resilient and reliable future.
The OneWaterSF Vision encourages staff to provide greater water and energy resource resiliency and reliability, create opportunities to optimize water infrastructure, and contribute to the livability and sustainability of San Francisco and the environment.
Implementing the 2017 Initiatives
With the Vision and Guiding Principles in place, current work is focused on identifying new OneWaterSF Initiatives for implementation. For 2017, nine Initiatives have been identified that embody the OneWaterSF approach and demonstrate the Guiding Principles in action. The Initiatives are designed to build upon early momentum and support a cultural shift for the SFPUC by focusing on opportunities that expand partnerships and collaboration across traditional boundaries within the organization. The 2017 OneWaterSF Initiatives Brochure, published in February, outlines the 2017 Initiatives.
Creating a Path Forward
The goal of OneWaterSF is to expand implementation, so that ultimately, the OneWaterSF Vision and Guiding Principles are considered in all SFPUC efforts. During the course of 2017, the OneWaterSF team will share progress on the implementation of the 2017 Initiatives and broaden OneWaterSF to encompass more SFPUC activities.
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