Awards and recognition

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has been an active member of the community for 100 years. EWEB and our employees are honored to have received the following awards and recognition for our services.

Tree Line USA Award

Year: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Awarded by: Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters

The Arbor Day Foundation recognized EWEB as a Tree Line USA award recipient for the sixth straight year. The Tree Line USA program recognizes public and private utilities that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests.

Reliable Public Power Provider ( RP3 ) Award

Year: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
Awarded by: American Public Power Association

RP3 logo to designate EWEB as a reliable public power provider

EWEB was one of 97 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities to have earned RP3 recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. The award is given to public power utilities that demonstrate basic proficiency in four important disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

Green Window Award

Year: 2011
Awarded by: St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County

St. Vincent de Paul presented the first Green Window Award to EWEB for its longtime emphasis on energy efficiency, affordable housing, community service and innovation. According the St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director Terry McDonald, "The award acknowledges a partnership that has lowered St. Vincent de Paul's cost of doing business, as well as the utility bills for hundreds of families living in affordable housing."

Top 100 Best Fleets in North America

Year: 2011, 2012, 2013
Awarded by: Government Fleet Magazine

In 2013, EWEB's fleet was ranked #16 in the country by Government Fleet Magazine and the 100 Best Fleets program. The ranking marks the third time that EWEB reached the top 100. Government Fleet Magazine annually recognizes and rewards peak performing operations from approximately 30,000 government fleet operations in North America. Each year applications are submitted by top performing fleets from all over the country. These fleets are rated on certain criteria including accountability, use of technology, innovation and efficiency. They are also acknowledged for some of the most innovative and creative best practices found in government fleet operations today.

Tier 5 CLEANFleet Certification

Year: 2013
Awarded by: Coalition for Green Fleet Management

The CLEANFleet certification is a national program developed by Coalition for Green Fleet Management to certify both private and public fleet operations as energy efficient and environmentally responsible. The top tier, Tier 5, is designed for those highly advanced fleet operations.

ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

Year: 2011, 2012, 2013
Awarded by: National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

To be eligible for this award, an organization must have 75%: of its mechanics ASE certified. EWEB has 100% of its Equipment Mechanics Master Certified.

Eco-Logical Business Certification (for EWEB's fleet)

Year: 2011
Certification sponsored by: Lane County Pollution Prevention Coalition, in conjunction with Pollution Prevention Outreach Team of Portland Oregon

The Automotive Services Program is one part of the Eco-Logical Business Program and recognizes vehicle service and repair businesses and shops that reach the highest standards in minimizing their environmental impact.

Northwest Public Power Association Safety Award

Year: 2010, 2011, 2012
Awarded by: Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA)

For the third consecutiave year, EWEB won the top award for utilities with more than one million hours of exposure. The award is based upon a review of each utility's safety performance, including the number of recordable injury/illness cases (the incident rate) and the lost work days (the severity rate).

American Water Works Association Safety Award

Year: 2011
Awarded by: American Water Works Association (AWWA)

The AWWA recognized that our safety performance was better that the national average for comparable utilities. EWEB was the only recipient from the seven Oregon utilities that applied for the award and one of only 72 successful utilities from across the country.

Healthiest Employer

Year: 2010, 2011
Awarded by: Portland Business Journal

Water construction crews at work

The award honors organizations that have developed strong workplace wellness programs and make wellness a priority for their employees.

EWEB has onsite fitness centers and medical clinic services for its employees. The utility also offers health and wellness talks, an annual health fair, flu shot clinics, skin cancer screenings, health risk assessments, ergonomic assessments, and more.

Outstanding Contribution Award

Year: 2011
Awarded by: Blacks in Government, Eugene/Springfield Chapter

EWEB earned this honor for "increasing equity, diversity and opportunity in our community."

In recent years, EWEB has:

  • Sponsored multiple six-week "Understanding Racism Study Circles;" many EWEB managers and supervisors have participated along side community members
  • Provided respectful workplace training to more than 98% of its employees
  • Created a diversity team that sponsors events and presentations in the organization
  • Participated in the local Interagency Diversity and Equity Committee
Paul J. Raver Community Service Award

Year: 2010
Awarded by: Northwest Public Power Association

The Paul J. Raver Community Service Award is presented to an individual or utility that has demonstrated superior leadership in the betterment of cities, states or regions. EWEB was given this award for its Community Care program.

Best Tasting Water

Year: 2009
Awarded by: American Water Works Association's Cascade-to-Coast chapter

EWEB won "The Best Tasting Water for 2009" in a taste test conducted by the American Water Works Association's Cascade-to-Coast chapter. A panel of judges representing local businesses and organizations picked EWEB's water as the best-tasting among 11 entries from Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Deschutes and Crook counties.

Volunteer Team of the Year

Year: 2009
Awarded by: United Way of Lane County

EWEB was honored with The United Way's Volunteer Team of the Year Award for the utility's participation in Days of Caring. Days of Caring is an annual two-day event that links volunteer work teams with local charitable agencies to complete much-needed projects such as landscaping, construction, painting, office projects and food delivery. One of EWEB's 2009 projects was to build a playground for preschoolers in the Families for Special Needs Program at the Pearl Buck Center in Eugene. Employees contributed more than 200 volunteer hours to this project alone. EWEB employees have participated in Days of Caring for 11 years.

Partner of the Year

Year: 2007 Awarded by: Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation + Development

EWEB was recognized for providing technical and financial assistance to the Local Food Connection. Launched in 2007, the Local Food Connection provides opportunities for local farmers and fishermen to sell their goods directly to urban food buyers. These buyers represent schools, hospitals, restaurants and grocery stores in the Willamette Valley and central coast.

Purest Water in the United States

Year: 2004
Awarded by: Organic Style Magazine

In 2004, EWEB beat out 712 utilities nationwide to claim the award for the purest drinking water in the country. Cities were assigned points based on the contaminants in the water and the level of those contaminants: the fewer the points, the safer the water. EWEB's water weighed in with 64 points, good for first place in the survey. Other regional utilities surveyed included Seattle (seventh place at 101 points) and Boise (24th place at 167 points).