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Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson introduced the Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education (E4) program on April 22, 2019 at Heritage Middle School in Newark as part of an Earth Day celebration with Governor Mike DeWine.

“It’s great to see students learning practical skills to help take care of our planet,” said Governor DeWine. “We must all make a commitment to protecting our environment, and we appreciate the efforts of Ohio’s schools in getting students involved.”

Heritage Middle School was recognized for demonstrating its students’ commitment to environmental stewardship and developing education curriculum through its in-vessel composting, greenhouse and STEM-team projects. Director Stevenson also recognized Newark High School and Carson Elementary in Newark.

The E4 program recognizes any K-12 public or private school for achievements in environmental stewardship and education efforts for students on environmental topics. The program has three recognition levels: root, branch and leaf, which are based on how many of the “three R” environmental principles (reduce, reuse and recycle) the school is incorporating into its curriculum or school activities. Schools can apply at any time through an online application.

“We want to provide an opportunity for schools to receive recognition for incorporating environmental principles into their curriculum or as part of extra activities, and we wanted to make it easy for schools to apply,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson. “We have taken the success of our Encouraging Environmental Excellence program and adapted it to schools.”

The new recognition program is based on the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program, which recognizes businesses, nonprofits and government agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence. To learn more about the E4 program, go to and click on the Education tab or contact Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) at 1-800-329-7518.


Ohio EPA Director Laurie Stevenson, fourth from right, with Heritage Middle School students, Newark, OH, receiving Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education (E4) award on Earth Day April 22, 2019.