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Credit: Photo: American Water

Mark W. LeChevallier, PhD, left—director of research and environmental excellence for Voorhees, N.J.-based American Water—receives recognition for his company's induction into the EPA's Climate Leaders program from Brian McLean, director of the agency's Office of Atmospheric Programs.

The EPA has added the first water utility—Voorhees, N.J.-based American Water—to join its Climate Leaders program.

Launched in 2002, Climate Leaders is an industry-government partnership geared toward developing long-term, comprehensive climate change strategies. As the program's newest member, the utility has pledged to reduce and inventory its corporation-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

The program has nearly 80 corporate members. The EPA estimates that greenhouse gas reductions by these companies stand to prevent more than 8 million metric tons of carbon equivalents per year—equal to eliminating emissions from 5 million cars each year.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov.