SRP is working to build a sustainable future in the Valley.
That means making decisions through the eyes of future generations, balancing costs and impacts while providing reliable, sustainable water and power — for today and tomorrow.
Download the 2020 SRP Sustainability Report.
Planning for the future
For over a hundred years, SRP has worked to ensure reliable, sustainable water and power supplies for the communities we serve.
In 2004, SRP's Board of Directors approved the Sustainable Portfolio, which set a goal to meet 20% of retail energy requirements through sustainable resources by 2020. Since then, we've exceeded that goal, and we have even more ambitious plans for 2035.
Set in late 2017 and expanded to be more aggressive in 2019, our 2035 Sustainability Goals, are an ambitious set of goals that center on:
- Reducing our carbon footprint
- Ensuring water resiliency
- Meeting customer needs through a modern, resilient energy grid
- Promoting a sustainable supply chain and reducing waste
- Engaging with our communities
Learn more about SRP’s climate change position and carbon emissions.
What we're doing today
Every day SRP is making decisions that make our operations more sustainable. Working with members of the community, we’ve identified the following areas of focus:
- Responding to customer and community priorities
- Strengthening our natural resources management
- Maintaining our strong commitment to fiscal responsibility, while responding to a rapidly changing industry.
Sustainability at SRP
Commitment to renewable resources
2% Sustainable Portfolio by 2010
15% Sustainable Portfolio by 2025
20% Sustainable Portfolio by 2020
2035 sustainability goals approved
Updated 2035 sustainability goals
Developing our 2035 Goals
Between 2018 and 2019, SRP worked to publicly revise the sustainability goals that we had initially set in 2017. The community engagement process included three phases and took five months to complete.
Customer and community programs
SRP offers a variety of resources and programs that make it easy for our customers to make more sustainable choices every day. From energy efficiency rebates to our Shade Tree Program, we’re here to support you in making changes that, over time, can make all the difference in the world.
Here are some customer programs we offer in support of our community:
- SRP Healthy Forest Initiative™: For as little as $3 a month, you can help revitalize Arizona forests and protect the water you drink. One hundred percent of customer contributions go toward forest restoration projects performed in partnership with the National Forest Foundation, and SRP matches customer contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $200,000 every year.
- SRP Solar for Nonprofits™: For as little as $3 a month, you can help Valley nonprofits save valuable dollars on their energy bill. Your donation goes toward a solar energy system, which is installed and maintained by SRP. The SRP Solar for Nonprofits program has saved community groups hundreds of thousands of dollars to date.
- Right Tree Right Place: SRP has partnered with cities throughout the Valley to replace trees that must be removed for safety reasons. New trees are planted at nearby parks, schools and neighborhoods, helping to create more urban tree coverage.
- Supplier Diversity: At SRP, we want our contractors and suppliers to be as diverse as the communities we serve. We proudly partner with small minority-owned, woman-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.
SRP has always worked to manage Arizona's natural resources responsibly. Today, our team of engineers and scientists continues to develop new management practices that are more efficient, sustainable and safe. Here are some examples:
- Water management: SRP is planning for future water needs by storing water, monitoring water quality and maintaining our intricate system of canals and dams.
- White Amur Fish Program: In 1989, SRP introduced about 1,800 white amur fish into parts of the canal system. These weed-eating fish keep water flowing freely through the canals and reduce the need for chemical herbicides.
- Improving forest health: Healthy forests are critical to our water supply. SRP is partnering with cities, federal and state agencies, and environmental organizations to conduct critical research and restore 500,000 acres of forest by 2035.
- Water conservation: SRP has partnered with cities throughout Greater Phoenix to identify opportunities to increase water efficiency in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. In just a few short years, we’ve been able to identify millions of gallons in water savings.
- Water Expo: The SRP Water Expo brings together members of our community to celebrate water in the Valley and learn about water conservation. Since the first expo in 2008, over 6,000 smart irrigation controllers have been distributed to customers at a discounted rate at the event – that’s equal to about 122 million gallons of water saved.
- Air quality: SRP is working together with the community, our customers and our employees to make changes to improve air quality.
Innovation & Sustainable Operations
SRP is working with universities and other organizations on cutting-edge research.
Through these partnerships, we’re constantly learning how to make our operations more efficient – and we’re helping other companies in the Valley do the same.
Here are some messures we've taken to improve our operations:
- Through our Investment Recovery Services department, SRP is able to reuse and recycle used equipment and parts – things like computers, fleet vehicles, generation material and more.
- While renovating our headquarters in Phoenix, we’re taking the opportunity to make the building more eco-friendly. Our goal is to earn a LEED Gold certification.
- SRP is proud to have the largest workplace charging program in Arizona. Our employees are encouraged to drive electric vehicles (EVs).
- SRP’s Green Team is made up of passionate employees who work to advance sustainability at SRP. Today, the group has over 300 members. Learn more about SRP's employee Green Team by reading their annual report.
More sustainability news
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