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
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 lead annual "Spill Drill"
EWEB coordinates drill as part of protecting Eugene’s drinking waterFind 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
EWEB programs reflect community values
EWEB is here to serve our customer-owners and provides programs that reflect the values of our community.Find Out More
National Preparedness Month: Older adults take control in 1, 2, 3
We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the extreme weather events and emergencies we face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, depend on electricity for medical needs, or live in rural areas.Find Out More
Women in STEM: EWEB Engineer Laura Ohman's second degree brings a lifetime of benefits
EWEB Engineer Laura Ohman shares how getting her second degree was one of the most difficult and rewarding things she's ever accomplished.Find Out More
Bethel neighbors boost emergency preparedness during Emergency Water Station event
Staff gave out about 300 emergency water containers to enthusiastic community members eager to learn more about the water station.Find Out More
Stay cool during extreme heat events
With temperatures forecasted to reach over 100 degrees over the next several days, we've prepared some tips and tricks to help you stay cool.Find Out More
Women in STEM: Meet our servant leader and maker of tough decisions
Karen Kelley, Chief Operations Officer at EWEB, describes herself as a "servant leader," offering support and mentoring to four division managers at EWEB.Find Out More
EWEB establishes multipronged resiliency policy
Disaster recovery and prevention are being embedded in all operations and processes.Find Out More
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EWEB Recognized as One of the Healthiest Employers in the State and Nation
December 10, 2018
Eugene Water & Electric Board has been recognized as the third healthiest medium-sized employer in Oregon, and one of the healthiest 100 workplaces in America.
Each year, Portland Business Journal awards a handful of Oregon organizations for their efforts and contribution to employee health and well-being. EWEB submitted our first-ever application this year as a way to assess how the utility's wellness and safety programs and results stand up to other regional employers. We're happy to report that EWEB was ranked third in our size category (99 to 499 employees).
Combining health, safety and wellness positively impacts EWEB's ability to serve the community by streamlining occupational safety, reducing time loss and enhancing employee productivity. This holistic approach takes into consideration the whole person, providing employees tools for work, home and community.
EWEB's wellness program features a subsidy for gym memberships, health risk appraisals, on-site physical therapy, and lifestyle programs focused on diabetes, weight loss, stress management, nutrition, and more.
"Our commitment to health and wellness not only benefits our workforce, it also helps us better serve the community in many ways," said Human Resources Manager Lena Kostopulos. "EWEB's safety, wellness and health plans are designed to work together to achieve better health for employees, enhance job satisfaction and engagement, and increase our financial stability so we can reinvest those dollars back into our community."
Measurable results include lower worker's compensation costs, reductions in illness and absenteeism, and better management of health insurance expenses, which directly impacts our budget and prices for power and water.
2019 will mark the fourth time in the past five years with no residential electric price increase for EWEB customers, and the third year in a row with no jump in residential water prices. In 2018, commissioners reduced residential water prices by 4.5 percent.
EWEB was among dozens of great Oregon employers, both public and private, to put their wellness programs out there for consideration among other similarly-sized employers. The impressive list of contenders in all size categories included City of Eugene, Pacific Source Health Plans, Moda, SAIF, Nautilus, Multnomah County, Port of Portland, Salem Transit, Lithia, Daimler Truck, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, PeaceHealth, Fred Meyer and a host of others. Our friends at Lane County placed third in their size category as well.
High placement at the state level made EWEB eligible for the national Healthiest Employer competition, where we were recognized in the top half of America's 100 Healthiest Workplaces. More than 1,000 organizations across the country were evaluated for the award, which measures employee participation, health outcomes, leadership commitment and more. EWEB ranked 47th and was one of only 11 employers in the Pacific Northwest to earn the designation.