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Posted April 16, 2015 by Editorial Staff in Art+Culture
 
 

[VIDEO] SFPUC’s Project Pull students respond to community engagement assignment with rap video


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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is the third largest municipal utility in California, serving 2.6 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the San Francisco Bay Area. As it undertakes a huge $2.7 billion program upgrade to the sewer system, SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly, Jr. wants its customers and the general public to know about the criticality of the City’s infrastructure and environmental stewardship.

In 1996 Kelly started Project Pull a paid summer internship program for promising high school students from diverse San Francisco communities to explore careers in architecture, business, engineering and science. Last summer he asked two interns, who also live in Bayview Hunters Point which is home to the SFPUC’s largest waste treatment plant, to come up with some creative engagement ideas. The result is “You Can’t Live a Day Without Me,” a rap song about the sewers that has received national attention and over 12,000 views on YouTube.