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Ford’s Lima Engine Plant Earns Ohio EPA’s Platinum Environmental Stewardship Award
Ford’s Lima Engine Plant was recognized today with Ohio EPA’s top environmental stewardship award for its commitment to reducing water and energy use, reducing waste, and community outreach. Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson presented the facility with the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Level award.
“The Lima Engine Plant is a flagship facility in Ford’s global environmental stewardship program,” Director Stevenson said. “The company has worked with suppliers to reduce waste and modernized its systems to reduce water and energy resources. The Lima plant and its employees should be proud of their environmental leadership.”
“Ford is proud to receive this award from the Ohio EPA,” said Shawn Stewart, Lima Engine Plant Manager. “This is the direct result of the great teamwork of all employees at the Lima Engine Plant.”
The Lima Engine Plant produces Ford’s 3.3-, 3.5- and 3.7-liter TiVCT Duratec V6 engines as well as the 2.7-liter and 3.0-liter EcoBoost engines. The plant has been certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard since the mid-1990s.
Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program recognizes businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive for organizations to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. To earn the platinum award, a business or organization must expand its environmental program beyond their facilities and demonstrate how its environmental stewardship efforts benefit the local community, region, or larger geographic area.
The Ford Motor Company has a standardized Environmental Operating System to measure, track, plan, and implement activities that affect the environment. Goals include zero waste to landfills and reducing energy, water, and hydrocarbon use.
The Lima plant is meeting or exceeding those goals. The plant has been zero waste to landfill since 2016. A large part of the waste reduction is attributed to requiring suppliers to ship materials in returnable or reusable containers. The Lima plant also recycles more than 30 different types of materials, accounting for more than 60 million pounds of metal and more than 3.2 million pounds of non-metallic materials annually.
Further, the Lima Engine Plant installed a new lubrication system that uses a small mist delivered to the point of cuts. This allowed the plant to move away from the old standard coolant system that flooded tools and parts with an oil/water mixture during the machining process. This is saving more than 280,000 gallons of water, 28,000 gallons of coolant and 900,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
The plant also uses two on-site limestone quarries as a geothermal energy source, saving 10 to 15 percent on energy use.
Community involvement also is an important part of the Lima Engine Plant’s environmental and educational activities. Employees helped a local Boy Scout troop build bird and duck boxes around the quarries to help support wildlife habitat. Workers also partnered with the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District to plant Ohio-native prairie grasses and wildflowers in all construction disturbed areas, providing bird and insect habitat.
To obtain similar recognition for stewardship from Ohio EPA, an organization can work through four levels of recognition. In addition to the top platinum level, these include achievement at the base level; silver level recognizing outstanding accomplishments in environmental stewardship; and gold level recognizing comprehensive environmental stewardship programs. All levels require a commitment to meet or exceed environmental regulatory requirements.
Through the E3 program, Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance helps businesses receive recognition for environmental stewardship efforts. To learn more about the E3 program and the nomination process, please visit www.epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/ohioe3 or call 1-800-329-7518.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.