EWEB 2023 year in review
In 2023, EWEB invested in our community with grants, rebates and an array of other programs and measures aimed at fulfilling our core values of safety, reliability, affordability, environmental responsibility and community/culture.Find Out More
EWEB Recognized with Excellence in Communications Awards from American Public Power Association
We are proud to have been recognized with two Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards for 2023 from the American Public Power Association (APPA).Find Out More
Let's talk turkey. If a disaster strikes, is your family ready?
Many of us avoid discussing politics over the dinner table in the spirit of family peace and harmony. But here's a topic that can bring everyone together: emergency preparedness.Find Out More
EWEB To Hold First of Two Public Hearings on Proposed 2024 Budget and Prices
At the Nov. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting, EWEB staff will present a proposed budget that includes rate increases necessary to support utility operations and make needed infrastructure investments.Find Out More
EWEB now offering a Smart Thermostat rebate program
EWEB is excited to announce a new residential rebate program to provide electric customers with free or greatly discounted Smart Thermostats to customers whose primary source of heating is from an electric forced-air furnace or heat pump.Find Out More
Your EWEB Rates at Work: Investing Today for a Resilient Tomorrow
For more than a century, EWEB has planned, built, and maintained the systems that deliver safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible power and water to Eugene homes and businesses.Find Out More
Have an energy efficient and water conscious holiday season
The holiday season is officially upon us. Whether you are celebrating a special holiday or just sharing a meal with close friends and family, hosting can cause some unexpected energy and water usage increases – resulting in a higher utility bill. We’ve prepared some tips on how you can save energy and water this holiday season.Find Out More
River Road Substation returns to service after infrastructure upgrades
Supply chain shortages and proactive infrastructure investments, including constructing seismic foundations and implementing control modernization, have played a role in the substation's return-to-service timeline.Find Out More
Public Power Week Poster Contest Winners 2023
The results are in! View the winning posters from EWEB's 2023 Public Power Week Poster Contest.Find Out More
EWEB’s water infrastructure projects designed for reliability during major disasters
As communities nationwide Imagine a Day Without Water, EWEB strives to ensure such a day never happens.Find Out More
The importance of managed electric vehicle charging explained
EWEB has much to handle related to EV charging infrastructure. To ensure that the switch from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles reduces the most emissions possible at the lowest cost possible, we need to implement managed EV charging.Find Out More
EWEB lead annual "Spill Drill"
EWEB coordinates drill as part of protecting Eugene’s drinking waterFind Out More
EWEB seeks public input on electric vehicle, demand response standards
EWEB is seeking public input on the potential adoption of updated standards for electric vehicles (EVs) and demand response programs. The potential standards are derived from the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA.Find Out More
Public Power Week Poster Contest 2023
It’s that time of year again! October 1-7 is Public Power Week. To celebrate, EWEB is holding our annual poster contest for fifth graders in our service area. Help us pick the winners.Find Out More
Salmon Return to Finn Rock Reach
Finn Rock Reach and other restoration projects throughout the Middle McKenzie provide conditions to help young fish survive to adulthood.Find Out More
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EWEB Education Programs Invest in Eugene’s Future
May 22, 2023 • Jen Connors, EWEB Communications
As students, parents, and teachers begin winding down another school year, we want to highlight some of the many ways EWEB customers support local schools and help inspire kids to explore the wonders of watershed health and clean energy resources.
Energy and water use is an important issue now and for future generations. Each year, EWEB dedicates a portion of customer rates to local schools. Grants totaling around $500,000 per school year support energy and environmental studies for kindergarten through high school students in EWEB service territory, which includes Eugene 4J, Bethel, McKenzie, and Springfield school districts. Students learn about the lifecycle and habitat of Chinook Salmon, how hydroelectric and wind energy work, and where their drinking water comes from. They also practice hands-on engineering and technology skills and learn how to engage in climate change solutions large and small.
Tana Shepard is the EWEB grant coordinator for Eugene 4J. She recently spoke to EWEB commissioners at a public board meeting, thanking EWEB and our customers for supporting these valuable programs.
“Without your support, we would not be able to offer as many opportunities for our 4J students,” Shepard told the board. “It’s been a pretty busy and successful year.”
She offered some statistics on how EWEB grants have supported the district, including allowing more than 3,000 students to participate in salmon education experiences and providing curriculum and other resources for more than 1,000 students to participate in the upcoming EWEB EV Challenge. Formerly known as the EWEB Solar Challenge, this event inspires middle school students to use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to design, build and race mini zero-emission cars.
Programs like these have multiple benefits. In addition to supplementing school budgets and introducing kids to energy and water issues, the programs help strengthen local workforce development.
“It takes skilled, dedicated individuals to power our community and ensure we continue to have clean drinking water,” said EWEB Human Resources Partner Lainie Knutsen. “These programs are helping prepare kids for critical and rewarding careers in science and public service.”
In recent years, EWEB-funded programs have expanded to include helping kids prepare for emergencies and education about climate change, with a lens on hope and solution through mitigation, preparedness, and resilience.
“I have a lot of different grade levels reaching out for climate education,” said Tana Shepard. In response a call for action by 4J students and the 4J school board's Climate Resolution, a 4J Climate Justice Team was formed in 2019 to support teachers and students working together to improve climate education.
Another new program implemented this year is focused on waste collection at 4J schools.
“This was a really cool year because we rolled out the Love Food Not Waste program,” Tana Shepard told EWEB commissioners. “I’m especially focusing on water and land use and what that means for food waste and we have implemented a K-12 food waste collection in all of our schools across the district.”
Learn more about your rates support education programs in our community and find a curated collection of learn-at-home resources.