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SFPUC Launches Dashboard to Track Positive Social and Environmental Impacts
New tool visualizes performance of agency’s community benefits efforts
Posted Date: 5/21/2019 10:00 AM
San Francisco, CA— The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) today launched its Community Benefits Dashboard, a tool that tracks and transparently reports out on the agency’s Community Benefits Program and Environmental Justice investments throughout San Francisco. 
“We are a local and national leader in creating opportunities that enrich and improve the quality of life for our local communities,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “As we build on this success, we are excited to share some of the many ways we are helping our communities through our new Community Benefits Dashboard”
The SFPUC Community Benefits Dashboard is an interactive data visualization tool that tracks the performance of the agency’s investments in its youth workforce, public art, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and land use initiatives. The dashboard was developed in collaboration with San Francisco’s Controller’s Office, which is responsible for working with all City departments to collect and monitor the level of effectiveness of San Francisco’s public services. The tool helps the SFPUC’s to benchmark its community impact progress, course correct for effectiveness and transparently communicate results to its stakeholders. 
“Data analysis and visualization are a huge focus in every sector and really speak to where we are in our society today,” said Julia Salinas, Performance Analyst, San Francisco Controller’s City Performance Unit. “With the advent of new technology, stakeholders expect to get information and news in a quick and highly digestible way. With this new dashboard, the SFPUC’s stakeholders are able to see that the agency is more than words and promises. The agency is having a real and positive impact in its service area communities.”
The dashboard is one example of how the SFPUC is living up to its Community Benefits and Environmental Justice policies, the first such policies nationwide. Also known as the agency’s “good neighbor policies,” these important policies shape how the SFPUC provides water, power and sewer services while ensuring its every day work positively impacts the communities it serves. 
The dashboard’s key data points include: 
Youth Workforce: Over the past six years, 3,495 youth have enrolled in internships and education programs through the SFPUC’s Project Learning Grant Partnership program, where youth received hands-on work experience and were exposed to potential career paths in the water, wastewater and power industries. 
Education: Since 2012, 77,187 students participated in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities with the SFPUC and its partners. From field trips to eco-literacy programs, they gained valuable insight about environmental stewardship.  
Land Use: Over the past six years, the Frontyard Ambassador and Sidewalk Garden Program has helped San Francisco residents replace 51,000 square feet of concrete with 513 gardens, diverting 612,000 gallons of stormwater from the city’s combined sewer system and beautifying local communities.  
Public Art: To date, 96 artists have created 311 public artworks that shape the character of neighborhoods and design of our buildings while embodying the mission, vision and values of local communities while inspiring them to respect the natural resources entrusted to our care. 
Residents can visit the Community Benefits Program Dashboard to see a snapshot of the SFPUC’s good neighbor efforts. To learn more about how the SFPUC is making its service area communities a better place to live, work, learn and play, visit the Community Benefits landing page.