Earth Day Cleanup Events Activate Thousands of Volunteers

Earth Day Cleanup Events Activate Thousands of Volunteers

Earth Day gives us an opportunity to focus on why we as a society need to rethink our relationship with resources.  We often talk about the importance of taking part in creating a world without waste – on adapting from a culture of take, make, dispose, into to an economy of reduce, recover, recycle. To put our actions to words, United Water and SUEZ Environnement sponsor events in the communities we serve and activate thousands of employee and community volunteers at spring “clean-ups” throughout the month of April.  Across the country, we fill trash bags and pickup trucks with the trash that is carelessly littered in our parks and threatening to pollute our watersheds.   We also support events to bring communities together to celebrate the environment as well as a national partnership with the Student Conservation Association. May 2 Delaware: The White Clay Creek Fest at the Carpenter Recreation Area celebrates the many ways to protect and enjoy the White Clay Creek State Park. Springfield & Holyoke, MA: Volunteers will support the Great American Earth Day Cleanup Richmond, VA: Volunteers will support the annual Cheswick Park Stream Clean-up.  The event starts at 10:30 at 1700 Forest Avenue in Henrico, VA.   April 25th – April 26th Freeport, NY: Operation SPLASH will host 100 volunteers on the first cleanup outing of the season.  Hop on a boat and help to clean up bays around Long Island. Indianapolis, IN: Thousands will gather for fun and a celebration of Earth Day at the Earth Day Indiana Fest in White River State Park.  East Providence, RI: Volunteers will gather for an Earth Day cleanup of the...
A Call for Participation and Collaboration on World Water Day

A Call for Participation and Collaboration on World Water Day

At the crossroads of all social, economic and environmental activities, fresh water is our most fundamental asset. And right now, it is under pressure.  Industrial, agricultural, domestic water requirements and usages continue to increase in an effort to keep pace with an ever-growing global population that is causing demand to grow, decade by decade.   For World Water Day, focused this year on “water and sustainable development” our group – spanning 70 countries and 5 continents –  is raising awareness about the need for politicians and individuals alike to participate in decisions to secure water resources for the future.   For our part, members of the SUEZ Environnement group are adopting innovative solutions – to prove that it is possible to build a society capable of generating and regenerating resources essential to its future. Furthermore, we have set a priority to facilitate access, while working to protect the resource.   On a global scale, access to water and sanitation remains a crucial issue of immediate concern in many countries. According to data from the WHO, 780 million people around the world still lack access to safe drinking water, while 2.6 billion people do not have access to sanitation services.   Rising to the challenge, we are implementing solutions to secure the right to water while meeting challenges such as access to water, protecting resources and socially inclusive water pricing.  In fact, since 2000, SUEZ Environnement solutions in emerging countries have made it possible to connect 14.1 million people to drinking water services and 7.1 million people to sanitation services.   In India for instance, water consumption is expected to double...
Are you ready for the Resource Revolution?

Are you ready for the Resource Revolution?

You may be aware that Earth’s resources have depleted more dramatically during our lifetime than ever. Last week, on World Wildlife Day, we were reminded of the sober reality that 50% of the wild animal population has disappeared in the last 30 years. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Another shocking statistic: the occurrence of natural disasters has tripled in the last 50 years.   Populations are growing and are exhausting an increasingly degraded climate and environment. Overburdened and obsolete infrastructure is in desperate need of repair and investment. Our economy is out of balance because many businesses have not yet recognized that sustainability is the only path to profitability.   Taken together, all of this amounts to a gathering resource crisis on a global scale. We are at the dawn of a resource revolution; like the agricultural, industrial and digital revolutions that have come before us. And you may wonder if you are “ready” for this turning point in humanity’s relationship with the environment.   On March 12, 2015 we will outline a path that will lead the way from resource crisis to resource revolution.   Join the discussion on how to secure a resourceful future for all #RRTour @open_resource and visit http://www.resourcerevolutiontour.com/en/ to the watch a live discussion at 11:30 am EST on March 12....
United Water Awarded for Protecting Waters Around Narragansett Bay

United Water Awarded for Protecting Waters Around Narragansett Bay

Protecting the environment is our most important job, and so, we’re pleased to announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has singled out our wastewater treatment plants in Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, for their exceptional work in protecting the environmentally sensitive waters in and around Narragansett Bay.   Millions of annual visitors to the region enjoy this scenic waterway and expect nothing less than for it to be safe and clean.  Sailing, boating, fishing, kayaking, cruising, swimming and seal watching are a few of the recreational opportunities it offers.   This year, as stewards of this estuary, United Water East Providence received two awards: the 2014 Regional EPA Industrial Pretreatment Program Award and the 2014 Regional EPA Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation and Maintenance Award. United Water Newport won the 2014 Regional EPA Industrial Pretreatment Program Award.   We’re proud of the work we have accomplished with our partners in New England, and by the United Water employees who lead those partnerships.   The East Providence and the Newport plants were both nominated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) “to acknowledge all the outstanding work” performed by the plants over the years, as well as for “exceptional work in inspecting, permitting and sampling its industrial users that discharge industrial waste into the City’s collection system.”   In East Providence, United Water reconfigured the plant to include, among other things, technology that improves water quality in the Providence River and Narragansett Bay by using naturally occurring microorganisms, rather than chemicals, to remove nitrogen and other nutrients during treatment. In Newport, United Water diligently maintains Newport’s Industrial Pretreatment...
United Water and Nassau County Begin Partnership to Improve Environmental Health of Waterways

United Water and Nassau County Begin Partnership to Improve Environmental Health of Waterways

On January 2, 2015 United Water began a 20-year partnership with Nassau County in the Long Island suburbs of New York City.  Together with the County, United Water will operate and manage three sewage treatment plants and collection system for 1.2 million people.  It is our responsibility to promote a sustainable community in Nassau County and return clean, treated water to surrounding bays and estuaries. United Water also welcomed over 130 county employees.  The employees heard from United Water CEO Bertrand Camus who stressed the importance of this pollution control contract and its promise to improve the quality of life for neighboring residents. County officials reminded the group that local environmental groups have called this project a “reason for hope” and Long Islanders are now looking forward to a day when health is restored to surrounding bays and estuaries and clamming and fishing make a dramatic comeback. Before beginning their duties, employees signed an environment, health and safety pledge to each other and to the communities they are responsible for serving.   Nadine Leslie, United Water Environmental Services President reinforced that while it will certainly take some time to make all the improvements we’re planning, in the end, we will create a state-of-the-art, resilient public service which Nassau County can rely upon. On “Day 1” we were pleased to announce that the project started out having already met an important milestone; already exceeding its guaranteed $10 million in first-year savings to the county by almost $2 million. According to an independent adviser to the county, the project will save Nassau County taxpayers a guaranteed minimum of $230 million during the terms...
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Supports Declaration on Carbon Pricing, Participates in UN Climate Summit

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Supports Declaration on Carbon Pricing, Participates in UN Climate Summit

This week Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT participated in the UN Climate Summit and New York City’s Climate Week reaffirming our commitment to take action in favor of mitigation and adaptation to climate change and announcing support for carbon pricing and a “climate-responsible” economic model. In signing the World Bank Declaration on “Putting a Price on Carbon” Chaussade  joined 73 countries, and over 1,000 companies, which have agreed to work together to share their experience, their expertise, and their insights, in order to redirect investment towards low-carbon technologies, and encourage the use of renewable energy. The United Water Blog is pleased to offer these excerpts from Mr. Chaussade’s remarks: “It is necessary to tackle climate change in order to avoid disastrous implications for the natural environment, which could jeopardize our current lifestyles. This call for action is addressed to all of us: citizens, non-governmental organizations and, of course, companies. Companies are rising to this huge challenge by implementing solutions. These solutions aim at mitigating the effects of climate imbalances by driving down greenhouse gases emissions, but they are also intended to adapt to climate change impacts. The technological revolution is underway: I see it every day within the water and waste industries. We are making every effort in terms of research and innovation: to strengthen our circular economy model, which is based on energy and material recovery from waste, and to come up with new technologies that will ensure the availability of water resources, in abundance and health. These solutions are designed for the city of tomorrow: a smart city, a sustainable city, a resilient city, a low...