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Ohio EPA Retools Environmental Excellence Awards

Ohio EPA has updated its Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program to encourage more applicants, clarify and simplify the application instructions and expand the pool of eligible applicants to include communities, venues and retail establishments.

The E3 program recognizes organizations committed to environmental excellence at all levels and is open to a wide variety of participants. The program recognizes those who reduce waste, improve efficiency and work to continuously improve as an environmental steward. Applications for the 2016 Silver and Gold Levels are being accepted through Aug. 28, 2015.

“If you’re doing something great for the environment, tell us about it,” Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler said. “By recognizing Ohio businesses and other organizations, we can improve Ohio’s environment through innovation and efficiency.”

The E3 is a three-level approach to provide recognition to Ohio organizations completing environmentally beneficial activities, and escalates to higher levels of recognition for those who exceed regulatory requirements or commit to future environmental stewardship efforts. The levels are:

Achievement Level – Recognizing any organization completing environmentally beneficial activities. Recognition includes:

  • a certificate of recognition signed by Ohio EPA’s director;
  • a decal with the E3 logo to display at the applicant’s location;
  • having program highlights included in Ohio EPA publications; and
  • a listing on Ohio EPA’s website.

Silver Level – Recognizing organizations that exceed regulatory compliance obligations and have exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Recognition includes:

  • a certificate of recognition presented at an awards ceremony or possibly at a site visit by Ohio EPA’s director;
  • an E3 flag to hang at the recipient’s location;
  • an Ohio EPA news release touting the recipient’s environmental accomplishments; and
  • a case study to publicize the recipient’s proactive approach to environmental stewardship.

Gold Level – Recognizing organizations that exceed regulatory compliance obligations and commit to exceptional long-term achievements in environmental stewardship. Recognition includes:

  • a certificate of recognition presented at an awards ceremony or possibly at a site visit by Ohio EPA’s director;
  • an E3 flag to hang at the recipient’s location;
  • an Ohio EPA news release touting the recipient’s environmental accomplishments;
  • a case study to publicize the recipient’s proactive approach to environmental stewardship; and
  • the opportunity to work with Ohio EPA on regulatory and permitting flexibility options, potentially including expedited permit review, reporting flexibility, reduced inspection frequency and other options.
Ohio EPA is offering a free webinar to discuss the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5. For more information about the E3 program and the three levels of recognition, visit www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioE3.aspx or call (800) 329-7518.