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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