Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) has created a 26-minute DVD, entitled Take the Next Step, detailing its efforts to become more sustainable. The District created this DVD as a primer for other businesses and organizations searching for ways to start on their own journey.
TVWD partnered with a Mount Hood Community College video crew to describe the actions and attitudes of the Districtís board, staff & contractors as they have explored what it means to be stewards of the economic, environmental and social resources of the community.
The DVD features interviews with TVWD employees, as they discuss various actions, products and processes that have been instrumental in TVWDís success Ė decreasing its negative effects and bolstering its positive impact in economic, environmental, and social areas. The DVD also touts the Districtís LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification as an impressive and replicable model for other organizations. Since TVWD is only one of many organizations in Oregon addressing sustainability, the piece also showcases sustainability efforts by the Portland Water Bureau and TONERinx.
Several community organizations collaborated to produce the video, and additional funds came from the Regional Water Providersí Consortium, Hennebery Eddy Architects, and Lease Crutcher Lewis Contractors.
ďTVWD is pleased to give this back to our community,Ē said TVWD Sustainability Coordinator, Cheryl Welch. ďOur Districtís Board, management and staff is strongly committed to operating the District in a sustainable manner. For us, that means not only providing a continuous, reliable, quality water to every customer in our District, but doing it in a way that utilizes all of our resources - environmental, human, and financial - in the most efficient way possible. We are happy to do anything we can to help others do the same.Ē
The free DVD comes with a 28-page handbook that suggests ways that businesses can decrease waste and use resources more efficiently, room-by-room. You can view the video or the handbook (PDF) on our Web site. To borrow the video in VHS format or request a free DVD, E-mail the District (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (503) 848-3012. You can also take a look at our sustainability Web page to learn more about TVWD's sustainability efforts.