As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.



6/21/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Lindey Amer

Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Promote Neighborhood Tree Steward Program

Columbus residents interested in urban forestry can train to become neighborhood tree stewards thanks to a $39,791 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). The grant was awarded to Green Columbus – one of eight Ohio communities and organizations to receive a total of $239,941 to support environmental education programs.

Green Columbus will use the money to host an urban forestry workshop and community outreach events, and train more than 100 volunteers interested in becoming tree stewards. Participants will learn about the benefits of trees, reforestation efforts underway in the city, and the latest in tree care techniques. The stewards will then share their knowledge with residents in their neighborhoods. The goals are to increase the city’s tree canopy and have a positive impact on the environment.

Collaborating with Green Columbus on the program are Columbus Recreation and Parks, Chadwick Arboretum, the Greater Linden Community Development Corporation, Homes on the Hill and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses. 

For the next round of grants, electronic letters must be submitted by July 10 and completed applications are due July 17. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (614) 644-2873.

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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.

 
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