Water Environment Services certified as a Leader in Sustainability


Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES) was recognized as a Leader in Sustainability (LiS) by Clackamas County for its long-standing commitment to providing resource recovery and watershed protection services to the community.

The Board of County Commissioners recognized WES for becoming the first county department to qualify for the LiS certification.

LiS certification recognizes businesses and organizations throughout the county that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability by minimizing waste, conserving energy and water, investing in employees and supporting the community.

WES provides wastewater resource recovery and watershed protection services for 165,000 customers in Clackamas County. The Silver Level LiS certification recognizes WES’ many sustainability efforts, including:

  • practicing Strategic Energy Management that resulted in saving 2 million kilowatt hours and more than $125,000 in avoided costs
  • educating home and business owners on ways they can improve water quality
  • forming a cross-department Green Team
  • training new staff on green efforts

“Becoming a Leader in Sustainability aligns with our mission,” said WES Environmental Services Manager Ron Wierenga. “WES protects resources for the future and that is the core of sustainability. WES now looks forward to sharing our experience with other departments interested in achieving certification.”

Sustainability practices benefit businesses by lowering utility bills, conserving resources, improving operation efficiency, providing a healthier workspace for employees and building stronger relationships with customers. To learn how certification can help your organization, visit the website, call 503-742-4458 or email lis@clackamas.us.