Supporting Healthy, Vibrant Communities through Equitable Infrastructure Investments

Yolanda Manzone
Environmental Justice & Land Use Community Benefits Team SFPUC
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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Water Power Sewer

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Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Investments
• Fundamental Environmental Health Benefit • But we also provide: – Local economic engine – Long-term, large-scale investments – Ability to transform neighborhoods

= The Opportunity
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Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP)
Grey Green Clean

SYSTEM & SEISMIC RELIABILITY & REDUNDANCY

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Why Do we Care?
+ Environmental Justice Policy (2009) + Community Benefits Policy (2011)

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Context Southeast Treatment Plant
+ Treats 80% of San Francisco’s Sewage + Low-income, community of color

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Rebuilding our sewer system in a manner that supports a healthy place for the surrounding community to live, work, learn & play

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EJ Tools Level of Service Goal
EJ as a Level of Service Goal – Urban Watershed Assessments

• Address system needs first in context of EJ & Disadvantaged Communities • Develop Project concepts that provide Health & Safety improvements & support interagency/citywide goals • Consider Additional Benefits supported by Community Input

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EJ Implementation Tools Equitable Outreach & Planning

• Watershed Planning Game, IPad surveys, workshops • Bike & walking tours • Leveraging summer youth employment programs for engagement

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EJ Tools Equitable Outreach & Planning
Sample Outcome-based Equity Metrics

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Balancing Social, Environmental and Financial Capital – TBL Tool

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EJ Tools Proactive EJ Analysis
• Proactive Environmental Justice Analysis to guide and align infrastructure investments

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EJ Tools
Community Benefits Commitments in Contracts

• Leveraged commitments in 20 Professional Service contracts = over $5 Million (to date)

• Investments aligned with Community Benefits Program areas

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EJ Tools Contractor’s Assistance Center

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EJ Tools Equitable Secondary Land Uses

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Questions?

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