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Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program recognizes an organization’s exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Any business, industry, trade association, professional organization, or local government of Ohio can be recognized for their commitment to environmental excellence. All applications are now accepted on a continual basis throughout the year. Applications must be filled out online at https://ohioepa.custhelp.com/app/apply.

The program has a four-level approach to provide recognition to Ohio organizations completing environmentally beneficial activities. The goal of environmental stewardship is to 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.

Applications are evaluated using environmental stewardship criteria developed by Ohio EPA. Applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations. To date, our E3 program has recognized 12 platinum level recipients, 49 gold level recipients, 38 silver level recipients, and 80 achievement level recipients. More details about the applications, criteria, and benefits can be found on our website.

Two of our newer recognition programs are:

The goal of environmental stewardship is to 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. For more information, contact the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518 or Bill Narotski at (614) 728-1264, (william.narotski@epa.ohio.gov).

To learn more, listen to these recorded webinars on our YouTube Channel: