Pile Burning on Peninsula Reduces the Risk of Fire

Fires smoldered at several locations on the SFPUC’s watershed lands the week of April 3. The SFPUC’s watershed staff could not have been happier. The SFPUC owns approximately 23,000 acres of watershed land in the San Mateo Creek Watershed on the Peninsula. Although these lands support high concentrations of rare and endangered species of plants…

How the SFPUC Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. What began as a small action on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan is now a global call for action. In the 50 years since that spring day in 1970, the SFPUC has initiated, designed, developed and implemented dozens of programs and policies that…

How to Celebrate Earth Day from Your Home

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the event that encourages people all over the world to celebrate and advocate for continued environmental awareness and protection. As a public utility the SFPUC takes environmental protection seriously. Having an awareness of one’s individual and collective impact on the planet informs the SFPUC’s day-to-day operations, planning,…

Meet Bree Candiloro, SFPUC Chief Nursery Specialist

For SFPUC Chief Nursery Specialist Bree Candiloro, a typical day at the office includes assessing the health of the plants, checking the SFPUC’s nursery and facilities to ensure everything is working properly, and seasonal nursery activities. This means spring is sowing; summer and fall is seed season, and in winter, plants go out for planting….

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…

Why You Should Collect Rain and Repurpose It

In use since 2000 BC in countries like China and India, rainwater is even more popular today. San Franciscans have the opportunity to use rainwater for outdoor and indoor non-potable applications such as flushing the toilet or watering plants. The SFPUC encourages residents to collect and use rainwater because it: Helps reduce the amount of…