Photo Left-Right: Mike Bakaldin (Interim General Manager), Phil Govea (Engineering Services Director), Joaquin Gonzalez (Operations Manager), Amanda Roa (Environmental Programs Manager), and Robert Brothers (Environmental Compliance Specialist II)

Delta Diablo, a Water Resource Recovery Leader in eastern Contra Costa County was honored in Sacramento last night with a prestigious 2016 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).

GEELA is California’s highest environmental honor, administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). The program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.

This award recognizes Delta Diablo for its commitment and achievements in sustainability.  At Delta Diablo, sustainability is not just one project or program, but rather a mindset that is holistically expressed throughout the entire organization.  This can be observed through the recycled water and renewable energy projects that they implement, the innovative technologies they pilot, and the regional coalitions they lead.

These projects and programs reflect how Delta Diablo embodies sustainability and excellence throughout the organization, achieving 12 consecutive years of 100% permit compliance, and awards at every level in the organization for public education, safety, financial reporting, human resources, labor relations, procurement, engineering, leadership and innovation.  Delta Diablo is proud to help maintain sustainable facilities, practices, and communities, and desires to be a Utility of the Future to advance the state of the industry for water resource recovery, helping to create a sustainable California.

Delta Diablo’s Board of Directors’ Chair Pete Longmire confirms: “This award recognizes every aspect of Delta Diablo’s services and the efforts of all our dedicated employees across every department.  It is a recognition of the daily work they do providing critical public health and resource recovery services to 200,000 people in Antioch, Bay Point and Pittsburg, as well as their leadership with several regional industry coalitions.

Each year GEELA recipients are chosen from five categories and Delta Diablo was recognized under the “Sustainable Practices, Communities or Facilities” category.