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. OCAPP continues 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, an award that recognizes hospitals for promoting sound practices through environmental stewardship.
In June 2016, 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:
- Reducing regulated medical waste, pharmaceuticals, fluorescent lamps and batteries generated.
- Improving energy efficiency and participating in the Energy Star program.
- Implementing a green purchasing program.
- Upgrading lighting systems and reducing water consumption.
- Tracking energy and resource use for continuous improvement.
- Developing a Sustainability Strategic Plan involving employees, local non-profits and the community.
- Hosting a summer farmer’s market supporting locally grown foods.
- Recycling construction and paper waste.
- Hosting an annual pharmaceutical take-back program.
To learn more about their activities, click here. Ohio EPA’s E3 program provides various recognition levels. If you are interested in applying for recognition for your organization under the E3 program, please 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.