The SFPUC is continuously working on new projects and programs to repair and seismically upgrade crucial portions of our water system which serves 2.7 million people. As we collaborate with private firms on these efforts, these partners are also supporting local communities in these regions by increasing access to construction workforce training opportunities and supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in schools.
Highlight: Engineering Week with Tuolumne County School District
The Tuolumne community believes that a focus on STEM education is essential for the future success of the area’s K-12 students. Coordinated by the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools, Engineers and Scientists in the Schools Week teaches kids about real-world applications of science and math. Through the program, volunteer engineers and scientists from SFPUC and firms spend time with Tuolumne County students leading them through hands-on activities and sharing stories about their career and projects. Activities in previous years have included building foam bridges and then testing their strength; explaining forces and motion using pulleys; and testing water quality.
Highlight: Kids for the Bay Partnership
Since 1992, KIDS for the Bay
has collaborated with teachers to inspire environmental consciousness in children while cultivating a love of learning. The KIDS for the Bay Watershed Action Program provides vital environmental education to under-resourced schools in the Alameda and Contra Costa area schools, such as schools in Hayward and Sunol. Through the program, students have the opportunity to experience hands-on watershed science education both in the classroom and outdoors.
As students engage in the program, they learn how changing their daily water use habits can help conserve water at school and home while protecting our local watershed. They also have the opportunity to take creek field trips, organize creek clean-up projects and recruit their families and fellow students to participate. The KIDS for the Bay Watershed Action Program has accepted financial contributions from firms to fund its programs, trainings, field trips, and classroom kits.
*Highlights of our partners’ investments are meant for illustrative purposes only and are not prescriptive.