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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.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946

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On December 17, 2019, Laurie Stevenson, Director of Ohio EPA presented the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Level award. The Clinic is recognized for its outstanding environmental stewardship efforts on the campus and for creating long-term societal and environmental benefits for the surrounding community. The Cleveland Clinic had previously been recognized at the E3 Gold Level in 2017.

The Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical, hospital healthcare, research and education and is the largest employer in Northeast Ohio. Its Office for a Healthy Environment (OHE) drives the sustainability strategy for the entire medical center working with 15 enterprise-level committees and localized Green Teams and Committees.

The Cleveland Clinic is involved with many local and regional projects improving the environmental sustainability of the region. Some of its community engagement activities are:

  • Being an Energy Star partner.
  • Membership in Practice Greenhealth.
  • Membership in the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Membership in the region’s Sustainable Cleveland program. It sponsors a farmer’s market each season, providing healthy natural foods for the local urban community, and meets with suppliers, periodically reviewing environmental and social responsibility opportunities.
  • Partnering with New Avenues for Independence and its own Center for Autism to build a new recycling center to recycle clinical plastics to create 12 jobs for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Planting trees for Arbor Day, with multiple partners and providing education on the social and health benefits of trees and green spaces.
  • Working with schools, engaging more than 9,000 K-12 students from 179 schools in four states through programs designed to promote health and wellness, academic achievement, and career preparedness further demonstrating the Clinic’s commitment to the larger regional community.

The Cleveland Clinic main campus has a strong environmental stewardship program. It’s goals for 2020 are: reducing energy demand by 20 percent, purchasing 30 percent of its food from local and sustainable sources, reducing water use by 10 percent (per square foot), achieving a 50 percent landfill diversion rate through recycling, and building all new buildings to the LEED Gold standard. The Clinic is also committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2027. The Clinic also has a Green Fund for sustainability projects and offers carpool, bike rider, electric vehicle, and mass transit incentives.

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Level recognizes organizations that demonstrate environmental stewardship efforts that improve the social well-being of the local community or region creating long-term societal benefits. The Platinum Level is open to any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or college/university of Ohio. If your organization is a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship in your community and region and if you are interested in more information please check out Ohio EPA’s E3 Web page at https://epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/ohioe3.

IN 2018, the total savings from environmental sustainability were $6.7 million in 2018 for the Main Campus categorizing its program into the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycling the results were:

It REDUCED – saving $4.965 million in 2018 savings from energy efficiency, printing reductions and anesthetic gas-use reductions.

It REUSED – saving $1.746 million in 2018 savings from reusing and repurposing clinical equipment and furniture.

It RECYCLED – Saving $0.2 million in 2018 from diverting waste and recovering materials.