Environmental commitment guiding principles

As principles to guide its actions, the company:

  • Includes environmental factors as an integral part of its planning and operating decisions.
  • Recognizes the contribution every employee can make to improve the company's environmental performance and encourages employees to become environmental stewards.
  • Communicates and reinforces environmental values throughout the company.
  • Practices responsible environmental stewardship of all company-owned properties and natural resources entrusted to its management.
  • Minimizes adverse environmental impacts of operations by: meeting or surpassing environmental standards, investing in energy efficiency measures, and supporting company recycling and waste reduction programs.
  • Supports research and implements new technologies for emissions control, energy efficiency, renewable energy resources, and other environmental and health concerns associated with utility operations.
  • Accepts accountability for its operations by responding to environmental incidents quickly and effectively and promptly informing the appropriate parties.
  • Provides public participation opportunities and welcomes communication from stakeholders on environmental issues; and continues to foster constructive working relationships with environmental organizations, community leaders, media and government agencies.
  • Participates with government and others in creating responsible laws and regulations to safeguard the environment, community and workplace.
  • Commits employee and management resources to support and implement these principles.
  • Periodically reviews performance to ensure that programs and practices are consistent with these principles.