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BPU Recognizes Earth Day (April 22) and Earth Day (April 26)

BPU Recognizes Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 26)

Protecting the Environment thru Renewable Energy and Conservation Efforts

(KANSAS CITY, Ks.) — Conserving natural resources and preserving the environment is essential for our community and the planet, ensuring current and future generations enjoy all the Earth has to offer. As such, BPU is pleased to help recognize and promote Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 26), highlighting the importance of environmental conversation and sustainability – and encouraging people to come together and take action for a healthier community and planet

Toward these efforts, BPU is a recognized leader in renewable/sustainable energy and water conservation – committed to protecting the environment and its role in maintaining a healthy community. Today, more than 48% of BPU’s power generation comes from renewable energy sources including wind, hydro, and landfill methane gas. By diversifying away from coal, BPU reduces its overall carbon footprint and further protects the environment. BPU also built and launched the state’s first municipal Community Solar Farm, expanding residential and commercial customers’ access to this sustainable energy source with almost 4,000 PV solar panels, making shared solar power accessible for all.

The publicly owned nonprofit utility works continually to minimize its impact on the environment, which includes among other things; improving energy efficiency by upgrading equipment and infrastructure; implementing water conservation measures to reduce usage and waste; increasing recycling and waste reduction efforts; and implementing “green” building practices for new construction and renovations.

With more than 44.5 million trees in Kansas, Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas has one of the highest concentrations in the state with a nearly 40% tree canopy across a dense, geographic area. To reduce the impact on utility services, BPU maintains a full-time arborist on staff to provide direction and oversight of its vegetation management program, minimizing the impact on and working to protect the tree canopy residents enjoy so much.

For additional information on BPU’s renewable and sustainable energy programs, as well as its conservation efforts, go to www.BPU.com.

About Us

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 67,000 electric and 53,000 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.



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