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Environmental commitment guiding principles

As principles to guide our actions, we:

  • Include environmental factors as an integral part of planning and operating decisions.
  • Recognize the contribution every employee can make to improve our environmental performance and encourage employees to become environmental stewards.
  • Communicate and reinforce environmental values throughout our companies.
  • Practice responsible environmental stewardship of all properties and natural resources entrusted to our management.
  • Minimize adverse environmental impacts of operations by: meeting or surpassing environmental standards, investing in energy efficiency measures, and supporting our recycling and waste reduction programs.
  • Support research and implement new technologies for emissions control, energy efficiency, renewable energy resources, and other environmental and health concerns associated with utility operations.
  • Accept accountability for our operations by responding to environmental incidents quickly and effectively, and promptly informing appropriate parties.
  • Provide public participation opportunities and welcome communication from stakeholders on environmental issues; and continue to foster constructive working relationships with environmental organizations, community leaders, media and government agencies.
  • Participate with government and others in creating responsible laws and regulations to safeguard the environment, community and workplace.
  • Commit employee and management resources to support and implement these principles.
  • Periodically review performance to ensure that programs and practices are consistent with these principles.