Building sustainable communities



This community-focused initiative aligns with SMUD’s core purpose and vision to enhance the quality of life for all our customers through creative energy solutions. The program helps bring environmental equity and economic vitality to all communities in our service area, with special attention given to historically under-served neighborhoods.


The need for equity

A recent report* found that between 2006 and 2016 the Sacramento region ranked in the bottom-third of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in growth and prosperity. The report concluded that the increased disparity in quality of life between high-performing and low-performing neighborhoods, including access to basic services such as health care, transportation, education and economic opportunity, is holding back our entire region's potential.

*2018 Brookings Institute Study, Charting a Course to the Sacramento Region’s Future Economic Prosperity.

Partnerships to build thriving neighborhoods

SMUD believes in the ability to make a greater collective community impact through partnerships. We’re looking for private industry, government agencies and nonprofits to invest in and implement programs that provide equitable access to proven indicators of sustainable community success. 

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Social Well-being

Healthy Environment

Prosperous Economy


  • Community education
  • Community safety
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Community events & sponsorships
  • Collective impact partnerships
  • Under-served community development
  • Air quality improvements
  • Carbon emission reduction
  • Climate readiness
  • Environmental justice
  • Health equity
  • Tree canopy
  • Digital accessibility
  • Economic development
  • Small business development
  • Low-income programs
  • Workforce development
  • Technology skills training
  • Electric vehicle
  • Autonomous transportation
  • Public transit access
  • Charging station
  • Walkability
  • Shared mobility access

Partnership spotlight

By creating innovative partnerships, we can help all our communities, from rural to suburban to urban, have the best chance at a high quality of life.

After seeing a greater need to help single mothers and their children in the Sacramento area, Single Mom Strong partnered with SMUD’s Sustainable Communities initiative to build their first Empowerment Center. The Center has a tech lounge, childcare center and more, and also promotes our low-income discount programs to mothers.

SMUD partnered with the Reach for the Stars Academy in Oak Park to help prepare 7th grade students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our Sustainable Communities initiative funded the program, developed STEM specific curriculum support and provided mentors, speakers and a tour of an active construction site.

With a mission to bring hope to those who need it the most, the City of Refuge offers a safe space for low-income women and their families. Thanks to a $100,000 Sustainable Communities initiative grant and participation in SMUD energy saving and low-income programs, the City of Refuge is able to increase access to social and community services.

Partnership spotlight archive

Read how the City of Refuge brings hope to those who need it and plans to build a three-story home in Oak Park for 28 homeless women and their children.

Read how the Roberts Family Development Center helps more than 500 families daily and has become an important community resource in Northern Sacramento.

Read how the SEEK program helps elementary school students increase their knowledge in math and science.

Strengthening our neighborhoods. Together.

Our customers are at the heart of all we do.
Nonprofits can apply for funding to improve and revitalize local neighborhoods.
Helping businesses grow to create a prosperous economy.
We’re creating dynamic partnerships to support our most underserved communities.
Energize local education with scholarship opportunities for high school and college students
Achieving environmental sustainability and improving the quality of life throughout the Sacramento region.