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Ohio Hospitals Case Study — Achievement Level

In 2001, Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) and the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) partnered to eliminate mercury from Ohio hospitals. Since then, OCAPP has continued to participate on the OHA Environmental Leadership Council, providing updates on regulations and assisting with OHA’s Pollution Prevention University. OCAPP also helps evaluate potential recipients of OHA’s Melvin Creeley Award which recognizes hospitals for promoting sound practices through environmental stewardship.

In June 2017, the following hospitals received the Melvin Creeley Award from OHA and the E3 Achievement Level Award from Ohio EPA:

Stewardship activities of these award winners include:

  • Implementing recycling, water and energy conservation programs.
  • Installing a green roof and using natural landscaping to reduce irrigation and maintenance.
  • Reducing medical waste and recycling lead aprons.
  • Implementing composting and food donation programs.
  • Using an electronic assessment tool to evaluate and select computers and monitors with environmentally-friendly attributes.
  • Upgrading lighting and HVAC mechanical systems to conserve energy.
  • Developing green purchasing programs for cleaning chemicals.
  • Reducing pharmaceutical waste.

The E3 program provides four recognition levels: Achievement, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Any organization in Ohio may apply for membership. Applications are accepted annually and include both written and on-site evaluations. To be eligible, applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

If you’re interested in applying for an E3 award, visit epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/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.