Believing In Chattanooga
As members of the community, EPB employees care about the welfare of those around them. Throughout the year, our employees constantly came up with new ways to give back, support the less fortunate, and raise spirits throughout our community. Our people took initiative, pushed each other to do more, and found their own ways to contribute. We’re proud of the people that make this company hum, and we’re proud that their actions are what define EPB as a company.
Upholding A Commitment to Sustainability
In 2008, EPB took its first steps toward pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Existing Building Operations and Maintenance) certification for our downtown office. Our employees organized a “Green Team,” organizing recycling contests, and committing to purchase sustainable office supply products like rechargeable batteries and Forestry Steward Council-certified paper. Our project team installed energy-saving devices, implemented energy-saving practices, and coordinated with 69 people at 26 different organizations.
EPB officially applied for EBOM certification on February 1, 2012, and we received that certification on May 30, 2013. In addition to being good for the environment, our efforts have been good for our bottom line. Energy savings from the project will repay the total program investment in under a year. More than anything, LEED’s EBOM standard required our employees cultivate our internal culture from within. This certification isn’t just about a smarter, more efficient building—it’s about all of our smarter, dedicated employees.
Watching Out for Others
How the dog made it atop a ledge on EPB’s Systems Control Building is anyone’s guess, but thanks to a handful of EPB employees and contractors, he came back down via a bucket truck. After learning that “Little Bit” had escaped from a nearby shelter, EPB employee Kurtis Gearhart and his wife made the dog part of their family.