The Portland Water Bureau is committed to being a responsible steward of the public’s fiscal and natural resources. Through sustainable operations, the bureau saves energy, reduces costs, eliminates waste and becomes more efficient.
In recognition of Earth Day, the Water Bureau has highlighted a few of its sustainability efforts below:
Energy Use: The bureau’s Energy Committee works to improve energy efficiency at bureau facilities and pump stations and educate employees about energy savings.
Renewable Energy: The bureau has helped install 400 kW of renewable energy through solar arrays and micro-hydro to comply with City and State-wide renewable energy goals. This includes the installation of a new 78 kW array at the new LEED-certified Water Bureau Shops and Stores Warehouse as part of the Interstate Renovation Project.
Installation of solar array on the new Interstate Shops and Stores Warehouse
Carbon Emissions: The bureau’s carbon emissions for calendar year 2013 were 35 percent lower than its 2007 baseline carbon emissions due to in part to energy efficiency measures and lower vehicle fuel use.
Recycling Rate: The City of Portland has a 90 percent recovery rate for city bureaus. The Water Bureau’s recovery rate was 75 percent in Fiscal Year 2013-14, a two percent increase from the previous year, and total garbage generation was one-third lower.
To learn more about how the Water Bureau works to create a healthier environment and use ratepayer resources wisely, visit our Sustainable Operations webpage.
Climate Science & Sustainability Coordinator