Our business is providing utility service, and we are naturally proud of winning awards for plant operations or other technical aspects of delivering utilities.

We are just as proud, however, of awards KUB or our employees win for supporting our community or helping protect our environment.

Below are examples of awards that show our commitment to excellent operations and customer service and to making our community a better place to live and work.

2017

Top Workplaces Award 
The Knoxville News Sentinel Top Workplaces list showcases 30 outstanding Knoxville area businesses. Companies are measured on several qualities such as company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits, and the impact company policies have on the innovation, productivity and morale of its workforce. 

East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable Gold Status
Recognizing employers that exemplify excellence in wellness. 

Miller's Building Received ENERGY STAR Certification for the third consecutive year

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and
Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association Performance Awards:
Eastbridge Wastewater Treatment Plant: NACWA Platinum 11 and WEA Operational Excellence [Eastbridge first qualified for Platinum (no violations for 5 successive years) in 2010 and has remained violation free since.]
Loves Creek: NACWA Gold, WEA Operational Excellence
Kuwahee: NACWA Gold, WEA Operational Excellence
Fourth Creek: NACWA Gold, WEA Operational Excellence

APPA Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)
KUB maintains its Diamond recognition in the APPA Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program. In 2015, The American Public Power Association (APPA) recognized KUB through its Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program as a utility that demonstrated high proficiency in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria within each of those four RP3 areas are based on sound business practices and recognized industry leading practices. KUB achieved Diamond recognition, the highest level of the program, with its first application. 

KUB Received Tree Line USA Utility Award
The Arbor Day Foundation’s national award recognizes utilities that show a commitment to the well being of trees through quality tree care, employee training, and consumer education about suitable tree-planting near utility lines. KUB has received this honor annually since 2001.

TVA 2016 Top Performer Award, presented May 18, 2017, for efforts to promote renewable energy and efficiency.
KUB Recognized by the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas Program
KUB’s fleet received an Honorable Mention from the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas Program for 2016.  KUB first received recognition from the program in 2009 and has been recognized as either an “Honorable Mention” [2010–2012, 2016] or “Best Fleet” [2009, 2013–2015] each year since then.

KUB Recognized as 2017 Tennessee Green Fleet
On May 23, Tennessee Clean Fuels (TCF) recognized KUB as one of six new fleets in its Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program. The Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program uses performance-based metrics to analyze fleets’ vehicle- and fuel-use data and compare it with use from the previous year. Fleets receive points based on achievements in reducing gasoline use and carbon emissions and increasing the use of alternative fuels and fuel economy strategies. Through using alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in 2016, the combined efforts of the six new inductees are equal to saving 140,000 gallons of petroleum and preventing over 300 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. KUB achieved reductions by using vehicles powered by electric-hybrid technology, compressed natural gas, E-85 fuel, and a 5% biodiesel blend. 

Salvation Army Helping Hands Award; Ongoing Volunteer Activities
KUB recently received the Helping Hands Award at the Salvation Army of Knoxville annual awards dinner. The award recognizes KUB employees for their hard work on behalf of the Salvation Army over many years. KUB employees support the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, serve as bell-ringers during the holidays, and more.

2016

KUB maintains its Diamond recognition in the APPA Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program. In 2015, The American Public Power Association (APPA) recognized KUB through its Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program as a utility that demonstrated high proficiency in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria within each of those four RP3 areas are based on sound business practices and recognized industry leading practices. KUB achieved Diamond recognition, the highest level of the program, with its first application.

KUB's Water System earned a perfect score of 100 percent (599 of a possible 599 points) in a survey the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) conducted in September.

KUB earned Utility of the Future Today (UOTFT) recognition for its advancements in areas like beneficial biosolids reuse, community partnering and engagement, and energy generation and recovery. UOTFT is a partnership between the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment Research Foundation, and WateReuse. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also supports UOTFT.

Southern Gas Association's Community Service Award (Second Place) for TeenWork.

American Gas Association's Safety Award: Industry Leader in Accident Prevention

TVA 2015 Top Performer Award, presented June 15, 2016, for efforts to promote renewable energy and efficiency

Miller's Building Received ENERGY STAR Certification

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and
Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association Performance Awards:

Eastbridge Wastewater Treatment Plant: NACWA Platinum 10 and WEA Operational Excellence [Eastbridge first qualified for Platinum (no violations for 5 successive years) in 2010 and has remained violation free ever since.]
Loves Creek: NACWA Gold, WEA Operational Excellence
Kuwahee: NACWA Gold, WEA Operational Excellence
Fourth Creek: NACWA Silver, WEA Operational Excellence

2015

The American Public Power Association (APPA) recognized KUB through its Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program as a utility that demonstrates high proficiency in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria within each of those four RP3 areas are based on sound business practices and recognized industry leading practices.KUB achieved Diamond recognition, the highest level of the program, with its first application.

KUB Wastewater Plants Recognized With Peak Performance Awards
Here is a performance summary for KUB plants and awards received for 2015:

Eastbridge: 0 violations; 4,299 compliance checks; treats 0.526 million gallons a day (MGD).
NACWA Platinum 10
WEA Operational Excellence [5 or fewer violations]
Eastbridge first qualified for Platinum (no violations for 5 successive years) in 2010 and has remained violation free ever since.
Loves Creek: 0 violations; 4,439 compliance checks; 2.45 MGD.
NACWA Gold
WEA Operational Excellence
Kuwahee: 0 violations in 4,787 compliance check
28.17 MGD—three times total of other plants.
NACWA Gold, WEA Operational Excellence
Fourth Creek: 1 violation; 4,299 compliance checks;
5.16 MGD. NACWA Silver, WEA Operational Excellence

KUB Received Tree Line USA Utility Award
The Arbor Day Foundation’s national award recognizes utilities that show a commitment to the well being of trees through quality tree care, employee training, and consumer education about suitable tree-planting near utility lines. KUB has received this honor annually since 2001.

Government Fleet Magazine and The 100 Best Fleets in North America again recognized KUB’s fleet as one of the 100 Best Fleets for 2015. KUB first received Best Fleets Recognition in 2009, and we have been recognized each year since 2013. From 2010–2012, KUB received Honorable Mentions from 100 Best Fleets.