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Honda Research and Development Americas, Inc. Receives Ohio EPA’s Gold Environmental Award
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited Honda Research and Development (R&D) Americas, Inc. facility today to recognize the auto maker for reaching the gold standard of environmental excellence and stewardship through the Ohio EPA E3 program.
“As the first R&D center of a major auto maker to receive a gold level Encouraging Environmental Excellence award, Honda R&D Americas Inc. sets an example for others to follow to improve operational and disposal efficiency while implementing environmentally beneficial programs,” Director Butler said.
“We take our commitment to the environment very seriously at Honda R&D Americas,” said Jim Fusco, vice president. “Our associates work hard each day to create environmentally friendly products and technologies, and we apply that same diligence to our operations across North America. Honda R&D Americas is honored to receive this award from Ohio EPA in recognition of these efforts, and we will continue our commitment to environmental leadership in the years to come.”
Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program recognizes Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive for companies to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. E3 recognizes four levels of achievement, with platinum being the highest. To earn the gold award, a business or organization must demonstrate excellent environmental compliance, exceed regulatory compliance standards required in law and rule, and complete environmental stewardship activities that show a strong commitment to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance.
Honda demonstrated a variety of efficiency and pollution prevention efforts including projects that optimize lighting with low-energy bulbs and ballasts and maximize outdoor light, saving about 815 thousand kilowatt hours of energy per year. Also, running mowers equipped with propane engines saves more than 570 tons of carbon per year and using an ice-chilling system for more efficient and less costly air cooling. The company installed a biodiesel-powered emergency generator that reduces emissions by 75 percent. The company also installed a waste oil furnace to provide heat for the car wash building, helping to reduce this location’s carbon emissions by more than 50 percent. Honda performs audits to learn what is in their waste, and as a result, the facility has eliminated Styrofoam from their cafeteria and now composts pre- and post-consumer food waste.
Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) encourages businesses to pursue recognition for their environmental stewardship efforts and provides assistance in developing each corporate program. The award recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship practices that can be demonstrated in many different ways, most of which are company specific and often incorporate efforts of all employees working together toward a common goal.
Nominations will be accepted this fall for the 2018 awards cycle. To learn more about E3 and how to be nominated, visit www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.aspx, or contact Ohio EPA’s OCAPP program by calling 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.