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Ohio EPA Director Presents Gold Level Environmental Excellence Award to Sherwin-Williams
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited Sherwin-Williams Breen Technology Center in Cleveland today to recognize the company for reaching the highest standard of environmental stewardship. He presented the company with the gold-level award in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (Ɛ3) program.
“Sherwin-Williams Breen Technology Center sets an example to which other companies can aspire as they continue to look for ways to reduce waste and conserve natural resources,” said Director Butler. “This company shows that being environmentally responsible is good for the economy and part of being a good corporate citizen. We hope others will follow their lead and go above and beyond the requirements of environmental regulations to make Ohio a better place to live and work.”
“Sherwin-Williams is honored to receive this recognition,” said Diana Strongosky, S-W Senior VP Research and Development. “Our associates have a strong commitment to creating innovative environmentally responsible coatings along with a major focus on reducing, reusing and recycling here at our facility. Continuous improvement is a part of our culture at SW."
The Ɛ3 program acknowledges Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. To earn the gold-level award, a business or organization must have a good environmental compliance record and complete environmental stewardship activities that show a strong corporate environmental ethic.
Since earning a silver-level award last year, the company continued to look for ways to be more efficient and have less environmental impact. They have:
- replaced a 28-year old cooling tower with a tower that has variable-frequency technology that helps the company reduce energy consumption and costs;
- converted all building exterior spotlights and wall wash lights with LED technology;
- converted of large exterior building sign lighting to LED technology
- implemented lab audits to educate employees about what additional items can be recycled;
- recycled or reused 925,441 pounds of materials at a rate of 88.6% (2014); and
- increased the recycling rate to 93% so far this year, meaning more than 1 million pounds of waste is being kept out of landfills.
Under the gold-level award, the company will continue to pursue additional environmental improvements. To learn more about the Ɛ3 program, go to www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.aspx or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.