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Ohio EPA Director Butler presented 18 Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) awards on Oct. 3, 2017 at the Sustainability Conference in Columbus. Ohio’s E3 program recognizes businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence. This is the first year of awards for our fourth level of recognition, Platinum, which recognizes organizations that have expanded their environmental programs beyond their own facility, to make a positive impact on the surrounding community. 

The E3 program also provides Gold, Silver and Achievement levels of recognition. An organization can work through levels of recognition including 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. We will feature more in-depth articles on these award winners in future newsletters. 

Congratulations to all the 2017 winners! If you are interested in applying for recognition for your organization under the E3 program, please visit or call (800) 329-7518. We are glad to help guide you through the process and get your organization the recognition it deserves. 

Two organizations were recognized at the Platinum level: 

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Powell) — The Columbus Zoological Park Association (Columbus Zoo) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation located in Delaware County. The mission of the Columbus Zoo is to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife. They adopted a sustainability policy in 2008. 

Washing Systems (Loveland) — Washing Systems is the leading provider of environmentally sustainable products and services to the North American and European laundry processing industry. Product formulas are developed that reduce or eliminate chemicals of concern and reduce energy and water use. 

Nine organizations were recognized at the Gold level: 

Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland) — The Cleveland Clinic (Main Campus) is a nonprofit academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital healthcare services with research and education. The clinic is an Energy Star partner, a Practice Greenhealth member, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and part of the region’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019. 

Crown Minster (Minster) — Crown Minster is an ISO 14001 certified manufacturer and assembler of wire harnesses and sub-assemblies used in the manufacturing of material handling equipment for the Crown line of lift trucks. The company incorporates the use of cross-functional teams and continuous improvement into its operating practices. 

Ford Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 (Cleveland) — Started in 1952, the plant produces internal combustion engines (currently 3.5 L EcoBoost and 3.7 L Duratech) for use in the assembly of motor vehicles. Operations at the facility include metal machining and assembly areas. Recycling and sustainable packaging reduce waste generated. 

Frito-Lay (Wooster) — The Wooster Frito-Lay facility has been operating for 69 years making snack foods. Some of their innovative projects and technologies include: installing energy efficient lighting; installing new Energy Star roofing material exhibiting solar reflectance; installing quick charge systems for forklift batteries; replacing motors and gear boxes with high efficiency units; installing pressure regulators to reduce water use; and water recycling. 

GM Toledo — The GM Toledo transmission operation plant manufactures and assembles GM’s six-speed and eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and six-speed front-wheel-drive transmissions. The site continues to be landfill free, per GM’s internal criteria, and achieved a recycling rate of 90.05 percent for all waste generated in 2015. 

Honda Anna Engine Plant (Anna) — The Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. Anna Engine Plant (Honda AEP) annually produces more than one million four-cylinder, V-6 and turbo engines for Honda auto plants throughout North America. The plant also produces high-precision pulleys for continuously variable transmissions used in the Honda Accord and CR-V. Honda AEP maintains a third-party certified environmental management system and continues the Honda of America-wide zero landfill waste status.

Honda East Liberty Plant (East Liberty) — The Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. East Liberty Plant produces the Acura RDX, a compact SUV. It’s also the U.S. home of the Honda CR-V. Their environmental stewardship activities include receiving a 10th consecutive U.S. EPA Energy Star award; maintaining a third-party environmental management system and continuing zero landfill waste status.

Honda Marysville Auto Plant (Marysville) — Opened in 1982, the Marysville assembly plant produces the Honda Accord sedan and coupe along with the Acura TLX and ILX for customers in more than 100 countries around the world. Operations include: stamping; plastics injection molding; welding; painting; sub-assembly; and assembly. Environmental stewardship activities include receiving the U.S. EPA Energy Star award for the 10th consecutive year, maintaining a third-party certified environmental management system and continuing zero landfill waste status.

Ohio University (Athens) — Ohio University (OU) is a large, primarily residential, public research university. Ohio University’s main campus in Athens serves 23,000 students and has close ties to the city. OU’s Office of Sustainability coordinates efforts to meet its sustainability and climate action plans and coordinates several programs, including Sustainable Ohio University Leaders.

Seven organizations were recognized at the Silver level:

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems (Elyria) — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, air brake charging, and control systems and components for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. Approximately 80 percent of original product material (including brake shoes, air dryers, valves, and air compressors) is salvaged and reassembled with other salvaged and new components to meet current specifications.

Kent State University (Kent) — Kent State University (KSU) is a large, primarily residential, public research university, serving more than 30,000 students at its Kent Campus. KSU maintains an Office of Sustainability to manage, plan and coordinate the overall university-wide sustainability efforts with the strategic goal of meeting present needs without compromising future generations.

Kenworth (Chillicothe) — Kenworth Truck Company manufactures heavy- and medium-duty trucks. The first Kenworth truck rolled off the Chillicothe assembly line in 1974. The plant’s 500,000th truck was produced in February 2017. They participated in an American Electric Power program saving five million kilowatt hours over a two-year period. Kenworth became a Zero Waste to Landfill facility in March 2016.

Nestlé (Dublin) — The Nestlé Quality Assurance Center is the lead quality assurance center for all Nestlé businesses in the Americas. It tests almost every Nestlé product, ingredient and manufacturing environment to verify conformance with all regulatory requirements, and that they meet Nestlé’s high quality and safety standards. They achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2014 and re-certified in 2016. They continue to invest in new equipment technologies and increase waste reduction.

Oberlin College (Oberlin) — Oberlin College is a private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio. They established their Environmental Policy Statement in 2004. Oberlin is a pioneer in green buildings with its Living Machine (Adam Joseph Lewis Center), requiring new buildings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards and has several LEED Gold buildings.

ODOT (Cleveland), The George V. Voinovich (GVV) Bridge Eastbound Structure — The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) GVV bridge team used INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool), the voluntary sustainability rating system created by the Federal Highway Administration, to evaluate and integrate sustainability into their programs and projects. The tool helped the design team track waste reduction, recycled material used, energy efficiency, environmental commitments and sustainability principles.

Tigerpoly (Grove City) — Tigerpoly Manufacturing, Inc. has been mass-producing rubber and plastic automotive parts in Grove City since 1987. They strive to continually improve their environmental management system, minimizing wastes and pollution. Recycling diverts more than 750,000 pounds of material from the landfill every year.