Awards and recognition
The Eugene Water & Electric Board has been an active member of the community for 100 years.
EWEB and our employees are honored to have received the following awards and recognition for our services.
Year: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Awarded by: Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters
The Arbor Day Foundation recognized EWEB as a Tree Line USA award recipient for the sixth straight year. The Tree Line
USA program recognizes public and private utilities that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance
America's urban forests.
Year: 2007, 2009, 2011
Awarded by: American Public Power Association
EWEB was one of 60 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities to have earned RP3 recognition
from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest
degree of reliable and safe electric service. The award is given to public power utilities that demonstrate
basic proficiency in four important disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system
Awarded by: St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County
St. Vincent de Paul presented the first Green Window Award to EWEB for its longtime emphasis on energy
efficiency, affordable housing, community service and innovation. According the St. Vincent de Paul Executive
Director Terry McDonald, "The award acknowledges a partnership that
has lowered St. Vincent de Paul's cost of doing business, as well as the utility bills for hundreds of families
living in affordable housing."
Year: 2011, 2012
Awarded by: Government Fleet Magazine
Government Fleet Magazine annually recognizes and rewards peak performing operations from approximately 30,000 government
fleet operations in North America. Each year applications are submitted by top performing fleets from all over the country.
These fleets are rated on certain criteria including accountability, use of technology, innovation and efficiency.
They are also acknowledged for some of the most innovative and creative best practices found in government fleet operations today.
Year: 2011, 2012
Awarded by: National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
To be eligible for this award, an organization must have 75%: of its mechanics ASE certified.
EWEB has 100% of its Equipment Mechanics Master Certified.
Certification sponsored by: Lane County Pollution Prevention Coalition, in conjunction with Pollution
Prevention Outreach Team of Portland Oregon
The Automotive Services Program is one part of the Eco-Logical
Business Program and recognizes vehicle
service and repair businesses and shops that reach the highest standards in minimizing their environmental impact.
Year: 2010, 2011, 2012
Awarded by: Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA)
For the third consecutiave year, EWEB won the top award for utilities with more than one million hours
of exposure. The award is based upon a review of each utility's safety performance, including the number of recordable
injury/illness cases (the incident rate) and the lost work days (the severity rate).
Awarded by: American Water Works Association (AWWA)
The AWWA recognized that our safety performance was better that the national average for comparable
utilities. EWEB was the only recipient from the seven Oregon utilities that applied for the
award and one of only 72 successful utilities from across the country.
Year: 2010, 2011
Awarded by: Portland Business Journal
The award honors organizations that have developed strong workplace wellness
programs and make wellness a priority for their employees.
EWEB has onsite fitness centers
and medical clinic services for its employees. The utility also offers health and wellness talks, an annual health fair, flu
shot clinics, skin cancer screenings, health risk assessments, ergonomic assessments, and more.
Awarded by: Blacks in Government, Eugene/Springfield Chapter
EWEB earned this honor for "increasing equity, diversity and opportunity in our community."
In recent years, EWEB has:
- Sponsored multiple six-week "Understanding Racism Study Circles;" many EWEB managers and supervisors have participated
along side community members
- Provided respectful workplace training to more than 98% of its employees
- Created a diversity team that sponsors events and presentations in the organization
- Participated in the local Interagency Diversity and Equity Committee
Awarded by: Northwest Public Power Association
The Paul J. Raver Community Service Award is presented to an individual or utility that has
demonstrated superior leadership in the betterment of cities, states or regions. EWEB was given this
award for its Community Care program.
Awarded by: American Water Works Association's Cascade-to-Coast chapter
EWEB won "The Best Tasting Water for 2009" in a taste test conducted by the American Water Works Association's
Cascade-to-Coast chapter. A panel of judges representing local businesses and organizations picked EWEB's
water as the best-tasting among 11 entries from Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Deschutes and Crook counties.
Awarded by: United Way of Lane County
EWEB was honored with The United Way's Volunteer Team of the Year Award for the utility's participation in
Days of Caring. Days of Caring is an annual two-day event that links volunteer work
teams with local charitable agencies to complete much-needed projects such as landscaping, construction,
painting, office projects and food delivery. One of EWEB's 2009 projects was to build a playground for
preschoolers in the Families for Special Needs Program at the Pearl Buck Center in Eugene. Employees contributed
more than 200 volunteer hours to this project alone. EWEB employees have participated in Days of Caring
for 11 years.
Awarded by: Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation + Development
EWEB was recognized for providing technical and financial assistance to the Local Food Connection.
Launched in 2007, the Local Food Connection provides opportunities for local farmers and fishermen to
sell their goods directly to urban food buyers. These buyers represent schools, hospitals, restaurants
and grocery stores in the Willamette Valley and central coast.
Awarded by: Organic Style Magazine
In 2004, EWEB beat out 712 utilities nationwide to claim the award for the purest drinking water in
the country. Cities were assigned points based on the contaminants in the water and the level of those
contaminants: the fewer the points, the safer the water. EWEB's water weighed in with 64 points, good for
first place in the survey. Other regional utilities surveyed included Seattle (seventh place at 101 points)
and Boise (24th place at 167 points).