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.

2020

 

KUB's new Engineering Building won a 2020 Keep Knoxville Beautiful Orchid Award in the category of Environmental Stewardship. During the 2020 awards, the Mary Lou Horner Beautification award was given to KUB’s Miller Building for their continued commitment to beautifying Knoxville by opening their lower level as a storefront. This award is given to a previous Orchids winner that has maintained or enhanced their Orchid-worthy status.

KUB was named a National Association of Clean Water Agencies' (NACWA) National Environmental Achievement Awards 2020 honoree - These awards recognize individuals and NACWA member agencies that have made “outstanding contributions to environmental protection and the clean water community.” In 2020, KUB received two awards. The first award was in the Public Information & Education - Video category and recognized KUB's video titled “The Importance of Clean Water.” The second award was in the Workforce Development cateogry and recognized KUB's Operator Qualification Program.

2019

KUB received NACWA Water Resources Utility of the Future Today recognition - This program honors water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. KUB was chosen as a model for utilities of all sizes to achieve more efficient operations, enhanced productivity, and long-term sustainability. KUB was awarded this recognition in 2019 for the second time, under the category of Beneficial Biosolids Use.

KUB’s biosolids program was again certified by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) at its highest platinum level - KUB’s program first received NBP Platinum certification in 2011. The NBP is a non-profit alliance, formed in 1992, to advance environmentally sound biosolids management practices. It partners with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the EPA.

KUB also maintained its certification in the Tennessee Green Fleets Program - This program is administered by the Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (TCFC) and recognizes efforts to reduce petroleum consumption, use alternative fuels or advanced vehicle technologies, and reduce emissions. KUB serves on the Board of the TCFC and has been a Gold Partner since 2004.

KUB was again recognized by the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas Program - The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas program again recognized KUB’s fleet as one of the 100 Best Fleets in 2019, with KUB ranked number 93. KUB first received Best Fleets Recognition in 2009 and has been recognized as either an “Honorable Mention” [2010-2012, 2017] or “Best Fleet” [2009, 2013-2016, 2018] each year since then.

KUB was again voted a “Favorite” green business in Knoxville - In 2019, KUB was again voted a “Favorite” in the Knox News Best of Knoxville “Green Business” category. KUB has been voted a “Favorite” in the “Green Business” category each year since the category was created in 2015.

KUB wastewater treatment plants again demonstrated award-winning performance - KUB’s wastewater treatment plants have a long history of excellent performance marked by numerous awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) over the years. After more than 18,000 total compliance checks in 2018, our plants met the criteria to achieve NACWA Silver Awards and WEA Operational Excellence Awards at the following facilities: Eastbridge, Loves Creek, and Fourth Creek.

TVA recognized KUB with EnergyRight and Renewable Solutions Awards - KUB customers helped reduce energy use by over 4.7 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in TVA’s 2018 fiscal year. That is enough energy to power 400 homes for a year. KUB achieved status as a top performer in the following programs in TVA’s FY 2018: Green Power Switch: Second; eScore Energy Efficiency: Fourth; eScore Self Audit: Fourth.

Tree Line USA Utility Award annually awarded since 2001 - 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.

KUB’s historic Miller’s Building in downtown Knoxville continues to achieve ENERGY STAR certification - This signifies the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict performance levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

2018

Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association (TMEPA) Community Service Award – This award recognizes TMEPA utilities that are committed to enhancing the quality of life for the community, both as an organization and through employee involvement, while also demonstrating continuous effort in providing outstanding customer service and elevating Public Power. KUB was one of three utility systems to receive this award. These prestigious awards are given in three groups and based on the number of meters. KUB was recognized in the large system category.

2018 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award - In 2018, KUB, along with TVA, CAC, the City of Knoxville, Alliance to Save Energy, and Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED), received the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Knoxville Partnerships for Low-Income Weatherization. The award highlights the positive impact of RIU and the Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover (KEEM) for energy efficiency retrofits of nearly 1,500 low-income homes since 2015, and it also recognizes the outreach and education initiatives that have shared information about ways to lower utility bills and conserve energy.

TVA Top Performer in Promoting Renewable Energy and Efficiency – In TVA’s 2017 fiscal year, KUB customers helped reduce energy use by nearly 13 million kilowatt hours. That is 4.8 percent of all EnergyRight® Solutions program savings. With that, KUB ranked fourth among TVA distributors for total program savings in the Valley.

Tree Line USA Utility Award annually awarded since 2001 - 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.

Salvation Army Helping Hands Award - KUB 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.

In 2018, KUB’s commitment to our community was recognized through the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association (TMEPA) Community Service Award. Volunteer East Tennessee also named KUB 2018 East Tennessee Corporation of the Year, recognizing our outstanding commitment to community service.

The American Public Power Association (APPA) once again recognized KUB’s electric system as a diamond level 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.

The American Public Gas Association (APGA) named KUB to its System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Program -  The program honors natural gas distribution utilities that demonstrate commitment to excellence in the areas of system integrity; system improvement; employee safety; and workforce development. KUB is a Silver level winner and remains a member of the program through 2020.

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies recognized KUB’s water system with a Platinum Award for Utility Excellence - The award signifies KUB’s progress in implementing effective and successful utility management. KUB was one of only three utility services that was chosen to receive the award in 2018.

KUB’s biosolids program was again certified by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) at its highest platinum level - KUB’s program first received NBP Platinum certification in 2011. The NBP is a non-profit alliance, formed in 1992, to advance environmentally sound biosolids management practices. It partners with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the EPA.

KUB received its highest ranking in 100 Best Fleets Program - The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas program again recognized KUB’s fleet in 2018, with KUB receiving its highest ranking ever at number 73. KUB first received this honor in 2009. The 100 Best Fleets award program recognizes peak performing public sector fleet operations in North and South America. The program also identifies and encourages ever-increasing levels of performance improvement within the fleet industry.

KUB also maintained its certification in the Tennessee Green Fleets Program - This program is administered by the Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (TCFC) and recognizes efforts to reduce petroleum consumption, use alternative fuels or advanced vehicle technologies, and reduce emissions. KUB serves on the Board of the TCFC and has been a Gold Partner since 2004.

KUB Voted a “Favorite” Green Business in Knoxville - In 2018, KUB was again voted a “Favorite” in the Knox News Best of Knoxville “Green Business” category. KUB has been voted a “Favorite” in the “Green Business” category each year since the category was created in 2015.

KUB’s historic Miller’s Building in downtown Knoxville continues to achieve ENERGY STAR certification - This signifies the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict performance levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

KUB received National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) Water Resources Utility of the Future Today recognition - This program honors water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. KUB was chosen as a model for utilities of all sizes to achieve more efficient operations, enhanced productivity, and long-term sustainability.

KUB was named a Department of Energy’s Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure of the Future Program member - This program aims to catalyze the adoption of innovative and best-practice approaches in data management, technologies, and financing for infrastructure improvement. As a member, KUB seeks to improve the energy efficiency of their participating water resource recovery facilities by at least 30 percent and integrate at least one resource recovery measure.

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.