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Bonneville Power Administration



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 and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. BPA’s approach to sustainability is built on the agency’s foundation of environmental stewardship and its commitment to operational excellence. Calling on the federal government to “lead by example,” President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13514 in October 2009 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.


Gold Certification

  • Received the EPA Federal Electronics Challenge Platinum Award
  • Achieved a demonstrated energy savings of 445,000 kWh through a pilot project partnership with ETO
  • Installed green roofs at HQ in partnership with GSA that includes 32,000-gallon storm water harvesting tanks
  • Implemented a HQ full scale recycling & composting program leading to 44% waste diversion
  • Reduced 1047 reams of 8.5” X 11” paper through cross agency team participation and IT stewardship
  • Logged verified emissions inventory at The Climate Registry using a GHG third party audit
  • Verified Environmental Management System equivalency to ISO 14001 through third party audit
  • Member-collaborator of EUISSCA & EPRI (electric utility industry sustainability interest groups)
  • Board member, participant and contributor to the Lloyd EcoDistrict
  • Named Portland Metro Area’s best employer for low-car commuters ELITE transportation standard for HQ location
  • Sponsored employee engagement events for home energy efficiency, solar, transportation & community volunteering
  • 139 riders in BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge making 1633 commuting trips totaling over 16,400 miles
  • Purchased hybrid electric fleet vehicles and bio-remediation parts cleaners

BPA Bike Commuter Challenge team

BPA staff receiving a federal award


905 NE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97232