United Water Receives Outstanding Community Leadership Award from Springfield Public Schools 20,000 Students Educated Through World is Our Classroom Program Business Wire SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- April 25, 2013 United Water, one of the nation’s leading providers of water and wastewater services, was recognized today by Springfield Public Schools for providing exceptional outreach and education programs to Springfield students. Dan Warwick, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent, presented an award to United Water for its outstanding community leadership. The company is a founding sponsor for the World is Our Classroom program, and has donated nearly $775,000 over the past 10 years. “United Water is a terrific partner to Springfield Public Schools,” said Warwick. “I am pleased to present this award to an organization that shares the belief that the key to academic success is engaging students in a dynamic learning environment.” Nearly 20,000 Springfield fifth grade students have gone through the World is Our Classroom program since its inception in 2003. The program, which advocates learning outside of the classroom, has developed and implemented some of the region’s most innovative classroom curricula involving active, hands-on learning experiences. Since its success in Springfield, the program has expanded regionally, such as United Water’s partnership with Killingly, CT. “We are grateful for United Water’s commitment and support over the past decade,” said Nora Burke Patton, Executive Director of World is Our Classroom. “This partnership has opened young minds to employment opportunities in science, engineering and the industry.” United Water began a 20-year public-private partnership with the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission in 2000. Under the terms of the contract, United Water operates the 67 million gallons per day Bondi’s Island Wastewater Treatment Facility. One of the largest and most progressive wastewater facilities in New England, this facility serves about 275,000 residents in seven municipalities. United Water also operates the nearby Holyoke Wastewater Treatment Facility, which serves about 40,000 residents. “We’re excited to be part of this initiative that helps educate our youth about our environment and the role they play in keeping our water and wastewater systems safe and clean,” said Nadine Leslie, President of United Water’s Environmental Services segment. “The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission and the World is Our Classroom’s ongoing efforts and commitment to the citizens of Springfield are to be commended. It’s an honor to share this award from the Springfield Public Schools with them today.” About United Water United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United Water operates 90 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT. About SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 97 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 66 million people and collects the waste produced by 50 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, reported sales turnover of 14.8 billion Euros ($19.6 billion USD) at the end of financial year 2012. Contact: Media United Water Tamara Cypress, 317-908-8903 or Rich Henning, 201-767-2869
United Water Receives Outstanding Community Leadership Award from Springfield Public Schools
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