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Ohio EPA Director Honors E3 Award Recipient GOJO Industries
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited GOJO Industries in Cuyahoga Falls today to recognize the company for reaching the highest standard of environmental excellence and stewardship.
“As one of the few recipients of all three levels of environmental stewardship recognition, GOJO Industries’ focus on continuous improvement sets an example to which other companies can aspire,” said Director Butler. “Ohio EPA looks forward to assisting other companies to go beyond meeting environmental regulations and find innovative ways to update processes, making Ohio a better place to live and work.”
“At GOJO, we incorporate sustainability into everything we do through GOJO Sustainable Ways of Working (SWOW℠),” said Nicole Koharik, Global Sustainability Marketing Director, GOJO. “SWOW describes our approach to changing the way we think and work. GOJO has long demonstrated this by proactive environmental management, and the efforts of my fellow team members and this recognition from Ohio EPA is a testament to our dedication to continuous improvement.”
Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program recognizes Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and is an incentive for companies to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. E3 recognition has three levels, with gold being the highest. To earn all three awards, a business or organization must have an excellent environmental compliance record, exceed regulatory compliance obligations and complete environmental stewardship activities that show a strong commitment to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance.
GOJO Industries was previously recognized at the achievement and silver levels, in 2012 and 2015 respectively, before earning the gold-level award. To receive the gold level, the manufacturing scrap reduction team reduced its line scrap rate from .53 percent to .3 percent, saving $377,341 last year, and reduced leaking scrap products by 47 percent, saving $234,203.
After earning all three levels, GOJO Industries continues to seek ways to increase efficiency and reduce its environmental impact. It has added several more activities and goals:
- utilizing SafeWaterTM technology, a process that uses electricity, salt and process water to produce an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional cleaning and sanitizing chemicals;
- creating a culture in the workplace of sustainable thinking by taking into account future generations, listening to stakeholders, establishing and maintaining environmental management procedures and pollution prevention practices, and managing environmental risk; and
- setting sustainable goals for 2020, including cutting the company’s chemical footprint in half, recovering and either reusing or recycling 50 percent of dispenser materials from the value chain, and powering distribution operations with renewable energy sources.
The company will continue to pursue additional environmental improvements through its Sustainable Ways of Working (SWOW) program. To learn more about how GOJO models its sustainability program visit: http://www.gojo.com/en/Sustainability.
To learn more about the E3 program: 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.