A Look Back in History: The SFPUC and Civil Service

Since its establishment by the 1932 City Charter, the SFPUC has enjoyed a national reputation among public utilities for the professionalism of its staff, and as a leading enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco. It has often led the way in expanding equal employment opportunities for women and minorities within San…

A Response to a Broken Heart on Valentine’s Day

For those who do not follow the SFPUC on social media, a post earlier this morning “love is in the air” encouraged residents to adopt a local storm drain through the SFPUC’s Adopt A Drain program. The SFPUC received a comment from one of its followers suggesting that she may have had a broken heart….

SFPUC Brings More Solar to Local Schools with Completion of Two New Sites

More students across the San Francisco school district are now learning in classrooms powered by solar energy harvested above their heads. The SFPUC’s Power Enterprise Distributed Energy Resources (DER) team has much to celebrate this new year with the completion of two new rooftop solar projects at Philip and Sala Burton Academic High School (Burton…

How San Francisco Continues its Advance Toward Public Power

After Governor Newsom recently demanded sweeping reforms to PG&E and said the utility, in its current form, “no longer exists,” and Senator Wiener’s bill announced this week to turn PG&E into a publicly-owned utility, the City and County of San Francisco has launched the Our City, Our Power, a new campaign highlighting San Francisco’s ongoing…

Why Impact Matters for the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program

Last week, two common themes emerged from a convening at the SFPUC’s headquarters – how numbers matter and measuring impact. On February 7, over 40 participants from engineering companies, construction management companies, environmental management firms, energy providers, and other professional services firms came together at the Annual Social Impact Partnership Firm Convening. The event was…

Meet Josh Gale, Who Prepares for the Worst Case Scenarios

It was 1989 and the San Francisco Giants were playing against the Oakland A’s in the World Series. Fans waited for the highly-anticipated game three of the series to start. Then an earthquake happened. “I always think back to the Loma Prieta earthquake at Candlestick Park during the World Series. After the shaking stopped, there…