WaterOne has been recognized as Climate Registered™ Gold Status by The Climate Registry, a non-profit organization that administers North America's largest registry for greenhouse gas emissions. The award acknowledges efforts by WaterOne to better understand its carbon footprint by establishing an inventory of carbon emission volumes and sources produced through its operations. In achieving Gold Status, The Climate Registry has certified that WaterOne has publicly reported a greenhouse gas emission inventory which has been verified by a third-party.
Sustainability is a long-term and ongoing central aspect of WaterOne's planning efforts and daily operations. Through innovative renewable energy programs, WaterOne has already been able to begin reducing its carbon footprint. WaterOne participates in programs such as Renewables Direct, where the water utility’s energy provider substitutes a portion of its bill for direct credit from energy produced by wind farms and other renewable sources. A planned Kansas River Hydropower Facilities project is another future approach to reducing carbon emissions at WaterOne
WaterOne will be updating its greenhouse gas inventory on an annual basis. Data from the inventory will be used to assist in establishing future sustainability benchmarks for WaterOne
"This award reflects WaterOne's commitment to sustainability, and our verified inventory will help inform decisions on environmental sustainability goals," said acting General Manager Eric Arner. "This is another way that WaterOne is showing leadership on important issues in the industry and continuing to Set the Standard for Utility Excellence."