Ohio EPA Accepting Nominees for Environmental Excellence Recognition

Ohio EPA is accepting applications for the Silver Level Award in its environmental recognition program.

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (Ɛ3) program provides Ohio businesses and other organizations with credit for completing environmentally beneficial activities, and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. Nominations are requested by June 28, 2013.

The silver level recognizes businesses and others that have a good environmental compliance record and have completed environmental stewardship activities. Nominations are evaluated using 15 environmental stewardship criteria developed by Ohio EPA. The silver level is open to any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio. Nominations may be self-submitted or submitted by a second party.

The goal of environmental stewardship is to reduce the impact of business 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.

The silver level recognition includes:

  • Ɛ3 flag to hang at recipient’s facility;
  • Ohio EPA news release highlighting the entity’s environmental accomplishments;
  • invitation to an awards ceremony and possibly a site visit by the Ohio EPA director; and
  • report to highlight each recipient’s efforts in a case study that publicizes its proactive approach to environmental stewardship.

To learn more about applying for recognition under the Ɛ3 program, visit, or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518. Bronze level nominations may be submitted at any time.


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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.

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