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Exciting Changes in Store for Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Award Program

Since initiated in 2011, Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program has recognized more than 30 Ohio businesses and organizations making a commitment to environmental excellence. Small to large businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, governments and others who reduce waste, improve efficiency and work to continuously improve their operations have been acknowledged through the program.

We believe, however, there’s more opportunity to recognize such outstanding efforts, and we’re excited about changes to our E3 program that will accomplish this. We asked for stakeholder input to make the E3 application more understandable, user-friendly and less redundant. We’ve also simplified and expanded the nomination criteria to be able to recognize a wider variety of environmental stewardship activities. These changes make the program more accessible to communities, retail establishments and venues.

There are three levels in the new program. What was previously our “bronze level” award is now called our “achievement level,” to recognize a wider variety of activities. The achievement level is a great way to get recognition for a particular event or activity. Our silver and gold level awards acknowledge those that not only maintain an excellent environmental compliance record, but also make an ongoing commitment to implement and achieve environmental stewardship-related performance goals.

Achievement Level recognition includes:

  • certificate of recognition;
  • Ohio EPA website listing;
  • highlight in Ohio EPA publication; and
  • decal with E3 logo.

Silver and Gold level recognition includes:

  • a flag to hang at applicant’s facility;
  • Ohio EPA news release highlighting the entity’s environmental accomplishments;
  • invitation to an awards ceremony; and
  • highlight of recipient’s efforts in a case study to publicize their proactive approach to environmental stewardship.

Gold level recognition also includes:

  • a site visit by the Ohio EPA director; and
  • opportunity to work with Ohio EPA on regulatory/permitting flexibility options.

To learn more about applying for recognition under the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program, visit epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/ohioe3.aspx, email Howard Dong or call (800) 329-7518.