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Community Benefits History

Our History of Building Community

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Throughout our history, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has strived to be a good neighbor and environmental steward in the communities where we provide high quality water, power and sewer services. Our Agency has invested in 80+ initiatives to enhance the social, economic and environmental fabric of the communities we care so deeply about.

The SFPUC Community Benefits manages our community investments. Our programs span Workforce Development, Education, Art, Environmental Justice/Land Use, Neighborhood Partnerships and Small Business Opportunities. Over the years, these programs have supported job and contracting opportunities for local residents and firms; SFPUC apprenticeship and internship programs; environmental literacy learning initiatives for youth; community gardens and many more.

Our Commitment: Be a Good Neighbor
info graphic We’re committed to being a good neighbor and addressing social and environmental issues through our Environmental Justice and Community Benefits Policies. These policies shape how we provide water, power and sewer services while ensuring the work we do every day positively impacts the communities we serve. Being a good neighbor is simply who we are and how we do business. It’s part of our DNA.

  Being a good neighbor means:
  • Keeping our city healthy and safe by providing water, power and sewer services
  • Sustaining the resources entrusted to our care and fostering environmental stewards in our communities
  • Building healthy and vibrant communities in partnership with local residents to address their needs
  • Increasing our social impact by inviting our partners to use their resources to improve our local communities
From building green infrastructure projects to creating local jobs, we embrace our desire to be good neighbors and provide opportunities to our service area communities.

Working Together to Scale Up Social Impact

two men problem solving with paper and laptopOur Agency is redefining the role public utilities in the 21st century can play in improving their communities and adopting more environmentally-friendly business practices. As the first public utility in the nation to adopt Community Benefits and Environmental Justice Policies, we’ve worked with dozens of other government agencies around the nation to replicate our efforts in their local communities.

We also invite our private sector partners to be good neighbors by including social impact commitments in SFPUC requests for proposals (RFP) at $5 million and more. Over the years, these multinational and local engineering, construction and architecture firms have provided resources and opportunities to the community including summer internships, scholarships, technical assistances to local business enterprises, habitat restoration initiatives and installation of solar panels for low-income households.

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