BPU Named Finalist for Corporate Social Responsibility Award
The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) was recently named a Finalist for the 2018 PR Daily “Corporate Social Responsibility Award”. This honor recognizes businesses and nonprofits that make a difference, and that display an on-going commitment to their community and the people that live within it. BPU was selected specifically within the Social Impact and Community Affairs categories.
Judges evaluated BPU’s overall social responsibility efforts to better the local community in four categories, including: 1) donations 2) environmental stewardship; 3) volunteerism, and; 4) civic leadership. Key achievements included sourcing 45% of its power generation from renewable energy sources, community support through its on-going Summer Youth Program, and the development of an online Energy Engage portal for customers to track and monitor their utility usage amounts and trends.
A panel of judges will now review all 2018 Finalists programs, identifying Category Winners and Honorable Mentions within the next several weeks. Other Finalists in BPU’s category include some of the nation’s most respected business organizations, including KPMG, MasterCard, and ESPN. For more information, go to 2018 PR Daily CSR Award Finalists.
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.