Copper Level | Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program

The following is a listing of VESP Copper Level members: 

Aravaipa Running

August 2019
Integrated recycling and reuse measures into race events.  For example, reusable cups are used at the hydration stations instead of single use cups that end up discarded after each race.

Amici Catering

Joined August 2020

Brighten the Path

Joined May 2022
For ongoing volunteer efforts conducting litter pickup events to protect and enhance public health and the environment in the City of Benson.

Chino Valley Town Complex

Joined August 2022

City of Tempe - Tempe Grease Cooperative

June 2015
Innovative partnership between the City of Tempe and its restaurants to better manage fats, oils and grease.

City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department Zero Waste Event

December 2022
For organizing a free zero waste collection drive for Tucson and the surrounding areas, as part of a community collaboration to provide a resource for local households looking to safely and responsibly reuse and recycle their commonly used goods. This collaboration is made possible through the support of Pima County Environmental Quality, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, City of Tucson General and Environmental Services, Goodwill of Southern Arizona, and Mrs. Green’s World.

El Charro Hipster

August 2019
Eliminated need for dishwashing energy/water by sending dirty compostable plates to compost.

Escuela Manzo elementary School

August 2019
Maintains a gardening program in school curriculum that includes a community garden and rain catching systems.

Farms CSA

Joined August 2020

Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona

June 2022
For hosting San Francisco River Cleanup Events, removing trash to protect and enhance the San Francisco River.


Joined August 2020

Granite Creek Cleanup
Prescott Creeks Preservation Association
City of Prescott/Yavapai County

Joined May 2022
For cleaning up a total of 51.7 tons of trash to protect and enhance public health and the environment with 7045 community volunteers working together to achieve a common goal (2007-2022).

Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (GFFP), Campbell Global, Dakota Logging, and Northern Arizona Healthcare

Joined September 2022
In completing the 2021 Healthy Forest Initiative Grant Program awarded to Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership by Arizona Department of Forestry & Fire Management. This grant program in partnership with Campbell Global, Dakota Logging, and Northern Arizona Healthcare improves forest health by reducing hazardous fuels, thereby mitigating severe wildfire risk to infrastructure components that are essential to Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff.

Hotel Congress

August 2019
Recognized for their commitment to sustainability and conservation. For example, eco-friendly technology installed at the hotel has saved over 1.5 million gallons of water since 2007.

Keith and Pam Webb

February 2018
Started a paper recycling program in Southern Navajo County, diverting from area landfills four tons of mixed waste paper per week, or approximately 1,000 tons from 2012 – 2017.

Larson Waste Inc.

February 2018
Provided assistance to Keith and Pam Webb with a paper recycling program.

Lone Cactus Egg Farm - Rose Acre Farms

January 2023
Nominated by the Bouse community to recognize the great corporate citizenship of Lone Cactus Egg Farm for their outstanding accommodation to contain odors from their large chicken farm, as well as, for proactively communicating with the community about operational changes that may affect them.

Mesa High School

June 2016
Created a natural Sonoran desert ecosystem and outdoor classroom where students, faculty and community can learn about indigenous flora and fauna, local geologic characteristics, and our relationship with the sun.

Organic Hair Lab

August 2019
Partners with a business that takes excess hair coloring products, used foils, and hair clippings to be recycled or repurposed. They also use low-flow shower heads, Energy Star-certified equipment, and repurposed furniture.

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

August 2019
Used a community art project to divert landfill/recycling waste.

Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company

January 2022
Cleaned up 270 pounds of trash at Bartlett Lake.

Salt River Project Coronado Generating Station
October 2017
Sponsored a free household hazardous waste collection event for residents of St. Johns, Arizona.

Save the World Compost

March 2023
For a group of 5 youths that created and are operating a composting program for their neighborhood. The program benefits the environment by diverting materials from landfills, which also reduces landfill methane releases.

Sequoia Village School

April 2015
Recognized as an Arizona Environmentally Healthy School and implemented all recommendations of the Source Water Protection Plan for the school's drinking water system.

Solana Generating Station

September 2020
Acquired used concrete that would have otherwise been sent to landfill and applied it onsite to secure retention basins, preventing erosion.

September 2020
For sustaining a recycling project including cans, plastic bottles, scrap metal and cardboard. The cans and bottles are donated to the local school in Gila Bend and the school uses the proceeds to fund programs.

June 2021
Replacement of more than 97 percent of our fluorescent light bulbs with LEDs throughout Solana’s facility. More than 200 pounds of old fluorescent lights have been sent to the Waste Management LampTracker.

Solana ISO 14001

December 2022
For receiving ISO certification in 14001 as part of a voluntary effort to remain a leader in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability, and tracking of environmental aspects and impacts.


Solid Waste Clean-up Near the Colorado River

October 2022
For the Yuma County’s Sheriff's Office initiating a clean-up near the Colorado River, in collaboration with the Department of Development Services, who helped in organizing this event and Public Works who provided heavy equipment to properly dispose of the waste. Resources and funding were provided by Yuma Catholic High School (5 coaches and 37 student volunteers) and other local, state and federal agencies, and public/private sectors. This voluntary effort resulted in the collection of 11 tons of illegal waste, 22 tires, and 4 appliances.

Sun Tran

October 2022
Sun Tran was the first public transportation system in Arizona to launch electric buses in 2021 and will receive a $12M Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emissions Grant for 19 electric vehicles and 10 charging stations to expand their electric fleet.

Sportsman’s Warehouse

June 2022
For Wildcat Cleanup Event at the Porter Mountain Cinder Pit, clearing bulk trash to fill a 30 yard roll off container.

SRP Coronado Generating Station

September 2019
Volunteered to assist ADEQ with removing unused magnesium chloride illegally abandoned on ranching property, thus expediting cleanup and reducing waste generation by finding a productive use for the material.

SRP Shade Tree Program

November 2022
For distributing desert-adapted shade trees to customers, helping improve air quality.

Stardust Building Supplies

August 2019
Provides sustainable construction and deconstruction services through reuse of salvaged or donated materials.Stardust Building Supplies.

Stryker Sustainability Solutions

Joined August 2020

TEP Trees for You

Joined November 2022
For work distributing more than 152,000 shade trees across metropolitan Tucson since 1992, helping communities save energy and beautify their neighborhoods.

TEP — Operation Certifications (Springerville Plant)

March 2023
For Tucson Electric Power’s significant in-kind contribution to elevating  Northeastern Arizona water/wastewater operators by providing local resources, such as a week-long trainer and meals at no cost to attendees, and working with Gateway Community College to administer testing at their power plant.

Town of Marana

June 2021
Marana Water Treatment Campuses for PFAS and 1,4-dioxane.

Treasures 4 Teachers

August 2019
Recognized for school supply reuse program.

Tucson Electric Power Springerville Generating Station

October 2017
Sponsored a free household hazardous waste collection event for residents of Springerville and Eagar, Arizona.

Tucson Million Trees Initiative

November 2022
For working to plant one million trees by 2030 to increase the city’s tree canopy and enhance the environment.

Wholesum Harvest

August 2019
Developed sustainable organic farming practices. Some examples include, efficient water usage with recirculation up to three times at a 40 percent recirculation rate and controlled environment barriers that are used to keep out unwanted pests/bugs instead of using chemicals.