SUEZ

Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

SUEZ

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Membership Type: Gold

Project Summary

As one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, SUEZ provides water and waste recycling services to over 7.5 million people in the United States and Canada. The company’s mission is to deliver these services safely and cost-effectively, while positively impacting local communities through their Ten Commitments to Social & Environmental Responsibility.

SUEZ invested $32 to build a new innovative technology water treatment facility in Bloomsburg, PA that recently became operational. The facility utilizes pressurized membrane filtration, ultraviolet light and superpulsation to provide the highest quality of water possible on a small footprint above the floodplain.

SUEZ invested $32 to build a new innovative technology water treatment facility in Bloomsburg, PA that became operational in late 2016.  A new $3 million water storage tank near the site became operational in 2017. The facility utilizes superpulsation pre-treatment, pressurized membrane ultrafiltration and ultraviolet light to provide the highest quality of water possible on a small footprint above the floodplain.

The environment and sustainability are at the heart of SUEZ’s business and the company operates in a manner that protects and preserves the environment for future generations. Their Businesses for the Bay membership is focused on the SUEZ Pennsylvania Operations. Most recently, 3 employees and several volunteers from the community along Yellow Breeches Creek, a protected Scenic River, participated in a trash clean-up held on March 31, 2018. They plan to include their future clean-up efforts in the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream program. The employees encourage school teachers to schedule clean-ups with their science students as well. As needed, SUEZ donates supplies, such as trash bags and rubber gloves, to help the students safely accomplish clean-ups. The employees also understand the importance of using less plastic and use company-provided reusable mugs and water bottles instead of disposable plastic water bottles, keeping plastic out of our streams. In 2018, they distributed over 100 reusable bottles.

SUEZ participates in various types of environmental education programs. The company also works with high school and college faculty to provide classroom presentations. The focus is placed on discussion of related topics, including how to avert contamination of drinking water sources. They also design and maintain educational exhibits utilized at varied community events throughout the company’s Pennsylvania service area to raise awareness about conserving environmental resources.

One such event includes an Earth Day Festival in Downtown Mechanicsburg attended by nearly 2,000 people. SUEZ employees also work with the Manada Conservancy the week of “Earth Day” to plant trees that create a flood zone buffer.

In addition, via colorful bill inserts, SUEZ educates over 61,000 customers about ways to implement conservation at home and keep the water clean, including the use of brooms when cleaning outdoor areas instead of a hoses to prevent trash and harmful chemicals from entering local streams.

Local conservation district and watershed groups have formed regional partnerships with SUEZ Pennsylvania employees. They hold joint events each year. One such event is held at one of the company’s water treatment facilities to educate anglers, boaters and hikers about ways to decrease water contamination threats on the first day of trout season in Southcentral Pennsylvania. The team raises awareness about how anglers can protect the source of supply while they are fishing or boating, including the imperative of properly disposing of trash and recycling. A stream clean-up is held at each annual community event in conjunction with the watershed association and “Project Clean Stream.” New this year, the team partnered with the Yellow Breeches Watershed Association and Columbia County Conservation District to collaborate on additional preservation initiatives in 2019.

 

Click here to download the SUEZ January 2019 Gold B4B Member Press Release

SUEZ was represented at the September 14, 2016 "Water Education Day" event in Columbia County. Several water quality stations were visited by eighth graders from middle schools throughout the county. Water industry, conservation and environmental group representatives staffed the stations. SUEZ Public Affairs Manager Bob Manbeck, at right, joined Derik Dressler from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to host an enviroscape display where the students were encouraged to take steps to avert water source contamination threats and recycle.

SUEZ was represented at the September 14, 2016 “Water Education Day” event in Columbia County. Several water quality stations were visited by eighth graders from middle schools throughout the county. Water industry, conservation and environmental group representatives staffed the stations. SUEZ Public Affairs Manager Bob Manbeck, at right, joined Derik Dressler from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to host an enviroscape display where the students were encouraged to take steps to avert water source contamination threats and recycle.

 

Themes Fulfilled

Clean Water
Engaged Communities
Other Green Initiatives
We encourage those who tour our water treatment plants and visit our community event displays to protect drinking water sources by properly recycling cans, bottles and other items. Environmental preservation continues to be a key aspect of our business philosophy. As such, we also work with educators from public and private schools and homeschool cooperatives to provide tailored classroom presentations that promote sustainability and challenge students and faculty to organize their own watershed clean-up projects.

Contact

Bob Manbeck
Public Affairs Manager for the Pennsylvania Operations of SUEZ

For more information about contacting this member, email Corinne Stephens.