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Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) — Achievement Level: Recognizing organizations completing environmentally beneficial activities

Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program recognizes an organization’s exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio can be recognized for their commitment to environmental excellence.

The program has three-tiers to recognize Ohio organizations completing environmentally beneficial activities beginning with an achievement level award for a specific project to a higher level silver or gold level to recognize those exceeding regulatory requirements and making a long-term commitment to environmental stewardship goals.

The E3 Achievement Award recognizes any organization completing environmentally beneficial activities. The Achievement Award is open to any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio. Applications are evaluated using environmental stewardship criteria developed by Ohio EPA. Applications are accepted on a continual basis throughout the year. Applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Achievement level participants must have demonstrated significant progress in one of the following main criteria:

  • Reducing impact to the environment (toxics and/or waste reduction)
  • Resource conservation (recycling, reuse and/or use of renewable materials)

Achievement level participants must also demonstrate some level of progress in at least six of the additional criteria below and submit a general statement indicating the applicant is in compliance with environmental laws and regulations:

  • Management commitment
  • Impact to the environment (if not addressed as main criteria)
  • Employee involvement
  • Improvement in environmental performance
  • Continuous improvement
  • Storm water best management practices
  • Environmental management systems
  • Environmentally preferable purchasing
  • Promotion and dissemination
  • Organics diversion
  • Innovation
  • Economic benefits
  • Life-cycle analysis
  • Environmental management accounting
  • Pollution prevention
  • Voluntary or non-mandatory initiative
  • Energy efficiency
  • Federal program participation
  • Renewable energy
  • Source water protection program participation
  • Green building
  • Recycling programs

Benefits of receiving Achievement Level recognition include:

  • A certificate of recognition signed by the Director
  • A listing on Ohio EPA’s website
  • Program highlights included in Ohio EPA publications
  • An E3 logo decal

Twenty-three businesses and other organizations have been recognized in the E3 Achievement Level. Some examples of past E3 Achievement Level awardees include:

Multibase – A Dow Corning Company, Copley

Multibase replaced conventional fluorescent lighting with energy-efficient fluorescent fixtures, including several equipped with occupancy and motion sensors. The updated lighting uses 59 percent less electricity and has reduced energy consumption by 16 percent and carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, by more than 200 tons per year. Changes save the company an estimated $40,000 per year. Multibase also recycles 14,500 pounds of plastic, 1,900 pounds of cardboard, 2,100 pounds of plastic film and 180 pounds of office paper each month.

Main Street Gourmet LLC, Cuyahoga Falls

Main Street Gourmet recycles nearly 80 tons of paper, plastic and metal annually, which reduced its solid waste generation by 50 percent. Main Street Gourmet uses proceeds from recycling to add to and improve the recycling program. Virtually all of its organic waste, approximately 2,000 pounds per month, is composted and eventually sold as fertilizer.

The Brewer-Garrett Company, Middleburg Heights

Brewer-Garrett remodeled and renovated its main office focusing on creating a more energy efficient and sustainable facility. The renovation replaced and retrofitted the lighting systems throughout the facility, resulting in approximately 27 percent energy reduction. The mechanical and plumbing systems throughout the facility were updated, improving the comfort and operation of the facility and saving up to 15 percent heating and cooling costs. As part of the renovation, an existing retention pond was expanded to serve as a temporary holding area for storm water to minimize overwhelming the city storm water system during rain events. They also participate in the Berea City Schools’ Paper Retriever program where the schools are paid for their own recycling efforts and coordinating the recycling efforts of local organizations.

ConAgra Foods, Troy

ConAgra Foods resource conservation projects concentrate on landfill diversion, water use reduction and recycling. A glycol cooling plant replaced the water cooling system, reducing water use by two million gallons per year and saving $92,000 per year. A recycling program for aluminum cans and plastic bottles resulted in 3,280 pounds of materials recycled. A program diverting scrap dough and food waste from landfilling for use as animal feed resulted in more than 8,728,655 tons of products used as animal feed in 2014. A composting program for food waste not suitable for animal feed composted more than 370 tons of waste in 2014. A cardboard recycling program recycled more than 679 tons in 2014.

Interested in applying for recognition for your organization under the E3 Program? If so, please visit epa.ohio.gov/ohioE3.aspx or call (800) 329-7518. We would be glad to help guide you through the process and get your organization the recognition it deserves.