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Ohio EPA has been promoting P2 and sustainability through recognition and info sharing since 1986, originally as a Governor’s award for material waste management and then for pollution prevention. Our most recent approach is the encouraging environmental excellence (E3) program. Our E3 program to date has recognized 12 platinum Level recipients, 49 gold level recipients, 38 silver level recipients, 80 achievement level recipients.

Since the March 2020 spring compliance conference was postponed, Ohio EPA announced the following E3 gold, platinum, and silver award winners on Earth Day. The director recognized the award winners by sending out letters, flags, and plaques.

  • Platinum award winners were: Cleveland Metroparks; Cleveland Clinic; and Ford Lima Engine Plant.
  • Gold award winners were: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center;
  • Stirling Ultracold; a Division of Global Cooling; Inc.; Akron Engineering Bureau – Akron Waterways Renewed!; First Solar Inc. PGT-2; and Kenworth Truck Company.
  • Silver award winners were: Bendix; Cooper Farms; CSA Group; NASA Glenn Research Center; and Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution.

Ohio EPA recognized the latest 2020 E3 award recipients during our virtual compliance assistance conference Sept. 30, 2020.

2020 E3 Silver Level Award Winners

Charter Steel in Fostoria makes carbon and alloy steel bar, rod and wire products. Some environmental stewardship activities they completed are: reusing shipping supplies; implementing a facility wide energy efficiency program; and fine-tuning wet scrubbers on the pickling line (reducing hydrochloric acid (HCl) emissions, power consumption and water use).

OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus is a 1,059-bed, teaching hospital. Some environmental stewardship activities they completed are: developing a sustainable commuting program; electric vehicle charging stations for visitors; implementing energy efficiency improvements; purchasing reprocessed medical devices and products; recycling; composting; installing a green roof and rain garden.

2020 E3 Gold Level Award Winners

Vallourec Star, LP in Youngtown is a steel foundry, manufacturing seamless steel tubular products for the energy industry. Some of the environmental stewardship activities they completed are: incorporating an artificial intelligence model to optimize electric arc furnaces; reducing energy consumption; reducing water use; and increasing re-use of process water, re-using 125 million gallons of water daily.

Whirlpool Corporation in Findlay is a leading manufacturer of home appliances. Some of the environmental stewardship activities they completed are: piloting a Zero Waste to Landfill facility (currently at 98.30 percent waste diversion); installing two wind turbines onsite (offsetting 12 percent of the facility’s electrical use); installing a new reverse osmosis (RO) water system reducing water, chemical, electricity use, and maintenance costs.

Timken Steel Water Treatment Plant in Canton receives wastewater from three other plants, treating the water and returning the clean water back to the steel plants for use. Some of the environmental stewardship activities they completed are: using an alternative coagulant (reducing chemical usage by 90 percent); capturing and recycling two million pounds of iron from treatment systems annually (generating revenue and reducing disposal costs); reducing filter cake landfilled by 30 percent.

2020 E3 Platinum Level Award Winners

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (CZBG) is the second-oldest zoo in the U.S. Some of the environmental stewardship activities they completed are: building exhibits to LEED Gold and Platinum standards; using a solar array to provide 20 percent of the zoo’s electricity needs; assisting local parks with landscaping and pollinator gardens; and helping update 65 residential and 20 public spaces to LED lighting.

Denison University in Granville completed many environmental stewardship activities, including: helping coordinate community environmental stewardship activities, such as the local and state leaders Green Energy Ohio annual renewable energy tour; creating a guide for establishing solar pollinator habitats in Ohio; and partnering with Smart Columbus to facilitate regional transportation development.

Marathon’s Office Complex in Findlay completed various environmental stewardship activities, including: hosting an annual community recycling week; converting 2.5 acres of concrete to greenspace; participating in community cleanups; planting trees at local schools each year; donating office materials to local charities; and partnering with Sodexo to donate food weekly to the Findlay City Mission.

Congratulations to the September 2020 encouraging environmental excellence award recipients.

We look forward to learning more about the environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts of your organizations in the next cycle of the E3 award program! For more information about our E3 programs, please go to: https://epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/ohioe3 or contact Frank Basting at (614) 644-3544 or frank.basting@epa.ohio.gov or our hotline at (800) 329-7518 if you have any questions.

Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program

  • Recognizes an organization’s exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship.
  • Environmental stewardship activities reduce the impact of business or organizational activities on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits.
  • Four Levels: Achievement, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.