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Ohio EPA Director Butler announced a new Platinum Level for the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards on August 31st at Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance Conference in Columbus. This top level recognizes organizations that go above and beyond, including demonstrating how their environmental stewardship efforts improve the social wellbeing of the local community, region and/or a larger geographic area, and how these efforts result in long term societal benefits.
The E3 program is open to any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio. Applications are accepted annually and include written and onsite evaluations. Applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations for a year prior to submittal of their application and during the application review process.
Platinum Level Benefits Include:
Applicants submit a narrative incorporating the criteria that apply to their environmental stewardship program. They also need to provide additional information describing how their overall environmental stewardship program addresses seven social sustainability criteria or indicate why one or more of the criteria are not applicable.
Ohio EPA evaluates applications using the 19 environmental stewardship criteria used in the E3 Silver and Gold Levels along with the social sustainability criteria. For more information about Ohio EPA’s E3 program and the recognition levels, visit epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3. Interested in applying for recognition for your organization under the E3 p(E3) program? If so, please visit our webpage or call (800) 329-7518. We would be glad to help guide you through the process and get your organization the recognition it deserves.
“It is important to encourage Ohioans to keep their environment healthy. To build on the E3 recognition program, the new Platinum Level will recognize organizations that have expanded their environmental programs beyond their own facility, to make a positive impact on the surrounding community.”– Ohio EPA Director, Craig W. Butler
The social sustainability criteria are:
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