Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program

Recognizing organizations committed to environmental excellence.

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 a four-level approach to provide recognition to Ohio organizations completing environmentally beneficial activities. The goal of environmental stewardship is to reduce the impact of business or organizational activities on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits.

For more information, contact the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518. 

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Achievement Award recognizes any applicants 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 will be accepted on a continual basis throughout the year. Applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Achievement level participants must describe activities completed in one of the following environmental stewardship criteria:

  • Impact to the environment
  • Pollution prevention
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy
  • Renewable, recovered or recycled materials
  • Green building
  • Recycling programs or
  • Organics diversion
  • >

Achievement level participants must also describe how the applicant has made 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
  • Employee involvement
  • Continuous improvement
  • Environmental management system
  • Promotion and dissemination
  • Innovation
  • Impact to the environment (if not addressed as main criteria)
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Pollution prevention
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy
  • Renewable, recovered or recycled materials
  • Green building
  • Stormwater best management practices
  • Environmentally preferable purchasing
  • Recycling programs
  • Organics diversion
  • Economic benefits
  • Environmental management accounting

 Achievement Level Benefits

  • A certificate of recognition signed by the Director
  • A listing on the Ohio EPA website
  • Program highlights included in Ohio EPA publications; and
  • A decal with the E3 logo to display at the applicant’s location

Download Achievement Level Requirements
Applications will be accepted on a continual basis and recognition will be provided through the mail. Exceptional Achievement Level applicants may be asked to apply for Silver, Gold or Platinum Level recognition.

Contact Mike Kelley in the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance at (614) 644-2930 (michael.kelley@epa.ohio.gov) or our hotline at (800) 329-7518 if you have any questions.

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Silver Level recognizes an organization’s outstanding achievements in environmental stewardship. The Silver Level 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 will be accepted annually and include both 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.

2017 Award Applications are requested by October 14, 2016.

Silver Level Benefits

  • A certificate of recognition signed by the director;
  • A listing on the Ohio EPA website and program highlights in Ohio EPA publications;
  • An E3 flag to hang at the recipient’s location;
  • Invitation to an awards ceremony and possibly a site visit by the Ohio EPA director; and
  • A case study to publicize the recipient’s proactive approach to environmental stewardship.

Silver Level Site Visit

Applicants receiving the highest scores based on the evaluation of applications may be asked to host a site visit. The purpose of this site visit is to provide reviewers with a better understanding of the application, to view the activities described in the application in operation and to clarify information provided in the application. A team of two or more reviewers will conduct the site visit. Information collected during the site visit will be used to determine who receives awards. Evaluation criteria for the site visit will be the same as that used for the application. Photographs of the applicant’s operations may be taken during the site visit to help promote the E3 Program and the applicant’s activities.

Compliance Evaluation

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. Ohio EPA will perform a compliance evaluation. Additional detail on information used to perform this compliance evaluation is located here

Environmental Stewardship Criteria

Applicants should provide one narrative incorporating the criteria that apply to their environmental stewardship program. Ohio EPA will evaluate applications using 19 environmental stewardship criteria. Each of the applicable criteria will be evaluated using a six-point scale (0 to 5). Points will be awarded to these criteria based on whether the information meets the requirements of five parameters. An explanation and additional detail of this evaluation method is located here.

Download Silver Level Requirements

The number of nominations receiving Silver Level recognition will vary based on the number of applicants meeting the compliance requirements and evaluation criteria. Exceptional Silver Level applicants may be asked to apply for Gold or Platinum Level recognition.

Contact Howard Dong in the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance at (614) 644-2130 (howard.dong@epa.ohio.gov) or our hotline at (800) 329-7518 if you have any questions.

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Level recognizes an organization’s exceptional achievements and ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship. The Gold Level 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 will be accepted annually and include both written and on-site evaluations. Applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations for a year prior to receipt of their application.

2016 award applications are requested by Aug. 28, 2015.

Gold Level Benefits

  • An E3 flag to hang at the recipient’s location
  • Ohio EPA news release touting the recipient’s environmental accomplishments
  • Invitation to an awards ceremony and possibly a site visit by the Ohio EPA Director
  • A case study to publicize the recipient’s proactive approach to environmental stewardship
  • 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

Gold Level Site Visit

Applicants receiving the highest scores based on the evaluation of applications may be asked to host a site visit. The purpose of this site visit is to provide reviewers with a better understanding of the application, to view the activities described in the application in operation and to clarify information provided in the application. A team of two or more reviewers will conduct the site visit. Information collected during the site visit will be used to determine who receives awards. Evaluation criteria for the site visit will be the same as that used for the application. Photographs of the applicant’s operations may be taken during the site visit to help promote the E3 Program and the applicant’s activities. 

Compliance Evaluation

Applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations for a year prior to submittal of their application. E3 Gold members must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations during their three year membership term. Members can be removed from E3 Gold for not maintaining compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Ohio EPA will perform a compliance evaluation. Additional detail on information used to perform this compliance evaluation is located here

Evaluation Environmental Stewardship Criteria

Applicants should provide one narrative incorporating the criteria that apply to their environmental stewardship program. Ohio EPA will evaluate applications using 19 environmental stewardship criteria. Each of the applicable criteria will be evaluated using a six point scale. Points will be awarded to these criteria based on whether the information meets the requirements of five parameters. An explanation and additional detail of this evaluation method is located here.

Regulatory Flexibility Options

Gold Level participants have the ability have to work with Ohio EPA to obtain regulatory flexibility for their operations. Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) will work with contacts in the air, water and waste programs, the Ohio EPA’s Director’s Office and Gold Level participants to determine what type of regulatory flexibility options are feasible. 

Download Gold Level Requirements
The number of nominations receiving Gold Level recognition will vary based on the number of applicants meeting the compliance requirements and evaluation criteria.

Contact Howard Dong in the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance at (614) 644-2130 (howard.dong@epa.ohio.gov) or our hotline at (800) 329-7518 if you have any questions.

Gold Level

Silver Level

July 1, 2015 (more info)

  • GKN Driveline, Bowling Green
  • TimkenSteel’s Water Treatment Plant, Canton
  • University Hospital, Cleveland
  • GOJO Industries, Cuyahoga Falls
  • Melink, Milford
  • CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. – Northwest Ohio Trans-Shipment Terminal, North Baltimore
  • Industry Products Company, Piqua
  • Ford Sharonville Transmission Plant, Sharonville

May 14, 2014 (more info)

May 22, 2013 (more info)

Achievement Level

June 14, 2016 (more info)

  • Mercy Health (Youngstown)
  • Summa Health System (Akron)
  • TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital (Cincinnati)
  • TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati)
  • Marymount Hospital (Garfield Heights)
  • Mount Carmel St. Ann's (Westerville)

April 11, 2016 (more info)

  • Maroon Group, LLC - Avon (Lorain County)

January 20, 2016 (more info)

  • The Brewer-Garrett Company - Middleburg Heights (Cuyahoga County)
  • CertainTeed Corporation Roofing Division - Milan (Erie County)
  • ConAgra Foods - Troy (Miami County)

October 15, 2015 (more info)

  • Otterbein University – Westerville (Franklin County)
  • Visual Marking Systems Inc. – Twinsburg (Summit County)
  • PSC - Cousins Waste Control, LLC – Toledo (Lucas County)

June 11, 2015 (more info)

  • Masco Cabinetry’s Plant # 3 – Orwell (Ashtabula County)
  • Kyklos Bearing International, LLC (KBI) – Sandusky (Erie County)

July 25, 2014 (more info)

  • Industry Products Company (IPC) – Piqua (Miami County)

Dec. 20, 2013 (more info)

  • Enginetics Corporation – Huber Heights (Montgomery County)
  • Ohio Dental Association – Columbus (Franklin County) 
  • Pull-A-Part, LLC – Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

Sept. 20, 2013 (more info)

  • Pioneer Automotive Technologies, Inc. – Springboro (Montgomery County)
  • U.S.T. Environmental Contractor, Inc. – Baltimore (Fairfield County)
  • Cincinnati Marathon, Inc. DBA Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon – Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

July 16, 2013 (more info)

  • Agmet, LLC, Oakwood Village and Maple Heights (Cuyahoga County)
  • Bridgestone Americas Center for Research and Technology, Akron (Summit County)
  • USA Lamp & Ballast Recycling, Inc. Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Nov. 19, 2012 (more info)

  • GOJO Industries Inc. Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County)
  • Washing Systems LLC, Loveland (Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties)
  • Multibase – A Dow Corning Company, Copley (Summit County)
  • Main Street Gourmet LLC, Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County)
  • Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at The Lodge At Geneva-On-The-Lake in Geneva State Park, Geneva (Ashtabula County)