BPA Earns Sustainability Awardby Staff
BPA Journal, August 2007
The City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development presented BPA with a BlueWorks Award on July 19 for its commitment to going above and beyond the norm with its waste reduction, recycling and sustainability practices.
"It's great to see an organization like BPA - whose mission includes responsible environmental stewardship and accountability to the region - taking the steps to walk the talk and do things in a better way," said Dan Saltzman, Portland city commissioner. Portland's BlueWorks program assists businesses in the city to improve recycling, reduce waste and buy products with recycled content. According to city data, 75 percent of Portland's waste is generated by businesses.
BPA has taken many steps to be more sustainable in its business practices, such as participating in Tri-Met's PASSport program, purchasing energy from Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program, and buying earth-friendly office supplies and energy efficient business equipment.
BPA's aggressive conservation efforts for 2007 aim to achieve 47 to 57 average megawatt s of new conservation. That's the equivalent reduction of energy consumed by 35,000 average Northwest homes in a typical year. Since passage of the Northwest Power Act in 1980, BPA conservation programs have saved more than 1,000 average megawatts annually, or as much as a large nuclear plant produces.
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