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Social Impact Partnerships

Achieving Collective Impact



The SFPUC views our capital projects as investments — in the future of our facilities, services and our communities. As we upgrade our systems and operations, we invite our private sector partners to join us in being a good neighbor to the communities affected by the operation and improvement of our water, wastewater, and power services. By including community benefits criteria in our Requests for Proposals (RFP) with anticipated contracts of $5 million or more, we provide our contracting community with an opportunity to earn extra points during the bidding process for their demonstrated commitment to community benefits and environmental justice. Our Social Impact Partners— professional services and construction firms in fields such as engineering, architecture, resource management and technology— provide resources and opportunities in the communities where we operate and provide services. These commitments include direct financial contributions, volunteer, and in-kind donations to local schools and nonprofits.

Over the years, these partnerships have contributed to building healthy and vibrant communities by hosting summer interns at their job sites, providing scholarships for academic enrichment, and supporting programs that remove barriers to employment in the trades. Additional contributions have included providing financial and technical support for the construction of affordable housing, and preparing small contractors and businesses for contract opportunities.

interns on city hall stepsSewer

As we collaborate with partners on our Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), we use this as an opportunity to ensure the communities impacted by our operations benefit from our work. Learn how firms working with the Wastewater Enterprise and Infrastructure Bureau have made a positive impact in these communities.

woman using power sawWater

Our ongoing water system upgrade projects throughout the service territory not only enhance our ability to provide high-quality, reliable drinking water to 2.7 million Bay Area residents, but also support communities in the Peninsula/South Bay, East Bay and Upcountry regions. Learn how firms working with the Water Enterprise and Infrastructure Bureau have done their part to give back in these communities.

student showing his project boardPower

We generate clean hydroelectric, solar and biogas electricity for San Francisco’s services and customers. As we work with partners to deliver these services, we’re also collaborating with communities to ensure they are benefitting from our efforts. Learn how firms working with the Power Enterprise and Infrastructure Bureau have made a difference in these service area regions.


Last updated: 3/5/2020 10:13:06 AM