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OUC's Water VP Honored for Enviromental Protection Efforts

Mar 08, 2011

Rob Teegarden Earns Nature Wise Defender of the Environment Award of Excellence

ORLANDO - OUC—The Reliable One Vice President of Water Rob Teegarden was honored with a Defender of the Environment Award of Excellence by Nature Wise, Inc. at a ceremony on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The award recognizes individuals throughout Florida who are “doing good things at home, at work or at school to help preserve our natural resources.”

“At OUC, we are always striving to provide our customers with clean, great-tasting water while working to protect and conserve this valuable resource,” said Teegarden, who oversees OUC’s water production and distribution to a service area that includes more than 400,000 people in the City of Orlando and parts of unincorporated Orange County. “Water supply is an important issue here in Central Florida.”

Since joining OUC in 2006, Teegarden has helped OUC lead regional efforts to seek out alternative water sources to ensure a clean and adequate water supply for future generations. OUC’s extensive conservation efforts have led to a significant decline in water consumption for four consecutive years.

OUC also has been working to teach future generations about the importance of water conservation. For the past six years, OUC has joined the Orange County Water Department in sponsoring the Water Color Project, a creative contest for Orange County Public School students that promotes water conservation through art. Beginning in 2009, OUC also partnered with the Orlando Science Center on Project A.W.E.S.O.M.E. (Alternative Water & Energy Supply; Observation, Methods & Education) to deliver alternative energy and water conservation workshops to more than 5,000 fifth grade students in OUC’s service territory. The fun, hands-on curriculum meets Sunshine State Standards and helps students with their Science FCAT preparation.   

OUC—The Reliable One

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 221,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.

Nature Wise, Inc.

Established in 2006, the non-profit produces television programs to educate citizens about our environment and how to take better care of our natural resources. Nature Wise produces “Wildlife Matters,” which airs on more than 80 Florida community, government access and cable TV channels.