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Sustainability at Work

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Phone: 503-823-7037

Email: sustainabilityatwork@portlandoregon.gov

Bonneville Power Administration

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About

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA’s approach to sustainability is built on the agency’s foundation of environmental stewardship and its commitment to operational excellence. In October 2009, President Barack Obama called on the federal government to “lead by example” and issued Executive Order 13514 to green the government by improving “environmental, energy and economic performance.” BPA launched its own sustainability initiative to address these challenges and drive improvements in its operations while bringing value to its employees and the ratepayers of the Northwest.

Achievements

Gold Certification

Natural Resource Conservation, Carbon Management & Environmental Compliance

  • Decreased electricity usage by 9% since 2011
  • Decreased natural gas usage by 33% since 2011
  • Decreased water usage by 6% since 2011
  • Achieved 72% waste diversion in 2015 through full scale recycling and composting program
  • All Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions inventory third-party audit verified and publicly reported through  The Climate Registry since 2009
  • Verified Environmental Management System equivalency to ISO 14001 through third party audit
  • Office practices include: office supplies re-use, duplex and centralized printing, thin-client PCs, use of energy saving settings on electronic equipment, employee incentives for alternative commuting, and purchasing paper and office products with recycled content.

Employee Engagement, Partnerships & Awards

  • Holds regular employee engagement events, including climate change training courses, events for home energy efficiency, solar, transportation and community volunteering
  • 144 riders in BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge making 1235 commuting trips totaling over 9,833 miles
  • Member-collaborator of Electric Power Research Institute Sustainability Interest Group
  • Board member and active contributor to the Lloyd EcoDistrict
  • Portland State University Hatfield Fellow Program partner
  • Named Portland Metro Area’s best employer for low-car commuters ELITE transportation standard (2010)
  • Received the EPA Federal Electronics Challenge Platinum Award (2011)
  • 1st cohort Energy Trust of Oregon Strategic Energy Management (2012)
  • 1st Place for Highest Performing Building in NEEA’s  Kilowatt Crackdown (2013)
  • Received the EPA Federal Green Challenge National transportation Award (2013)

BPA Bike Commuter Challenge team

BPA staff receiving a federal award

Location

905 NE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97232
http://www.bpa.gov