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SFPUC & Partners to Host Tuolumne County Youth with annual Dinner with a Scientist Event
Educational program part of SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership initiative
Posted Date: 12/3/2019 10:15 AM

San Francisco, CAThe San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and its partners will participate in the Tuolumne County’s annual Dinner with a Scientist event on Wednesday.

The gathering will bring together more than 120 5th – 12th grade students and 27 engineers, scientists, and teachers to learn about Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and projects directly from those working in the industry.

“We frequently talk about the importance of building partnerships with our communities, and those efforts don’t stop at the boundaries of San Francisco,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “We have many employees who live in Tuolumne County and so many of our vital facilities are located in Yosemite and the Sierra Foothills, which is why we are always excited to take part in community-building events like Dinner with a Scientist.”

Hosted by the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools, and sponsored by Front Porch, a local technology company, with additional funding from SFPUC’s social impact firms AECOM and Wood Environmental Group, the event aims to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals and environmental stewards.

Details of the event are below:

WHEN:          Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:        The Oak Pavilion on Columbia College Campus, 11600 Columbia College Dr. Sonora, CA

The event will begin with a keynote speech from Columbia College Biology Professor Dr. Erin Naegle about “Tubes in the Body.” After the speech, groups of four to five students accompanied by a teacher will rotate among various tables to share a meal and conversation with engineers and scientists on topics spanning geology, flood modeling, surveying, drone technology and designing for sea level rise. 

Those STEM professionals will represent organizations that include the SFPUC, AEOCM, Mott MacDonald Group, McMillen Jacobs Engineers, Stanislaus National Forest, Genentech and Columbia College.

Dinner with a Scientist is part of the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program, which invites private sector firm partners to give back locally to the communities in which they are performing work on behalf of the SFPUC. The SFPUC is the first public utility in the country to implement a social impact program that advances corporate social responsibility as a part of its competitive bidding process for professional services, alternative delivery and energy procurement contracts valued at $5 million or more. 

Other examples of the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership program include the

Maisin Scholar Award, which provides financial support for local youth to pursue higher education, the Bayview Bistro and CityWorks, which offers paid internships for residents in the City’s Southeast communities.

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