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.



 

12/17/19
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER
MEDIA CONTACTS:  Anthony Chenault, Ohio EPA, (614) 644-2160
                                   Terri Zupancic, Cleveland Clinic, (216) 636-5871
CITIZEN CONTACT:  Kristopher Weiss, Ohio EPA, (614) 644-2160

Cleveland Clinic Earns Ohio EPA’s Platinum Environmental Stewardship Award

Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson today recognized Cleveland Clinic with the Agency’s platinum level environmental stewardship award; the highest level of recognition available for environmental excellence. The organization earned this award for its emphasis on recycling, energy demand reduction, green infrastructure, and work to create environmental improvements throughout the community.

“Cleveland Clinic understands the link between human health and the health of the environment,” said Laurie A. Stevenson, Ohio EPA Director. “Cleveland Clinic’s Office for a Healthy Environment builds programs to improve environmental performance and encourages others to do the same.”

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 their environmental program beyond their facilities and demonstrate how their environmental stewardship efforts benefit the local community, region or larger geographic area.

Cleveland Clinic embraces a culture of conservation through major programs and everyday interactions with their caregivers. As part of the community outreach portion of the platinum award, Cleveland Clinic sponsors a farmer’s market from June through October to provide healthy food alternatives. Cleveland Clinic has a robust education platform, reaching more than 50,000 people annually.

Cleveland Clinic is part of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, including participating in its annual conference and regional workshops to share their sustainable story and inspire others in the community. 

“We are committed to supporting a healthier region through our efforts in energy conservation and overall sustainability policies and practices,” said Chris Connell, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Design Officer.  “As a healthcare provider, we want to safeguard the health of our communities by adopting environmental best practices in the delivery of our exceptional patient care.”

To obtain recognition for stewardship, an organization can work through four levels of recognition. In addition to 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.

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.

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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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