When it comes to our commitment to sustainability, we practice what we preach. Our downtown headquarters is LEED certified and our large fleet of bucket trucks, utility trucks and cars increasingly include biodiesel and hybrid vehicles. We also promote TVA's efforts to generate energy from renewable resources, such as wind and solar power.
As technology improves, green power is reducing dependence upon fossil fuels and hydroelectric dams. We take the long view approach with ongoing research and initiatives that benefit the Chattanooga community and provide value to our customers - both today and tomorrow.
EPB’s downtown headquarters was the first building in Chattanooga to receive LEED certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance. This certification focuses on the long term, cultural and operational processes that occur within commercial building. EPB must follow rigorous environmental guidelines in all areas of business, from energy use and recycling to cleaning methods and pest control to help protect our environment. It’s just one of many ways that EPB works to increase the quality of life for the people we serve.
On average, over 50% of EPB’s fuel purchases go to greener alternative fuels such as bio diesel. Running vehicles on this fuel provides healthier work conditions for our crews and better air quality for our community.
EPB is currently testing hybrid vehicle technology with the goal of reducing pollution and operational costs related to some of its heaviest trucks.
Three plug-in hybrid electric bucket trucks use a diesel chassis, but unlike conventional trucks, they use an electric power “takeoff unit” to operate the 55-foot boom. When a crew arrives on a job with these state-of-the-art trucks the diesel engine can be turned off, instead of idling for lengthy periods of time to power hydraulic equipment, while the boom operates with stored electricity.
In addition to these vehicles, EPB also offers free charging stations on the top floor of its downtown headquarters parking garage.