Ohio EPA Director Butler presented nine Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards on August 31 at Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance 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.
ConAgra, Troy, produces pizza, dough and meat snacks. They reduced water consumption by two million gallons per year, and recovered more than eight million pounds of scrap dough and food waste, reusing it for animal feed or composting it.
Denison University, Granville, developed a revolving loan fund for environmental stewardship improvements at the University. They now require that new buildings comply with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Food service now focuses on sustainability by reusing containers, a food donation network and campus composting.
Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, makes craft beer. They saved energy, decreased water use and purchased more feed stock from local food sources - pumping $1.4 million into the local economy.
JLG Industries, Orrville, manufactures work lifts and motorized telescoping booms for industry and construction. The company focused on their painting process: improving corrosion resistance 150 percent; eliminating 1,500 pounds per year of phosphate; and reducing solvent use by 90 percent.
Marathon Office Complex, Findlay, is the corporate headquarters for Marathon Petroleum. They recycle 50 percent of their waste stream, compost cafeteria waste and implement energy efficiency and water conservation practices. They recycled 30 tons of used carpet after remodeling.
PPG, Delaware, makes resins and coatings for collision and commercial uses for the auto market. They provided 900,000 pounds of used material to another paint company for re-use, saving it from incineration and saving $54,000. The company also decreased water use.
Scotts, Marysville, makes lawn and garden products. Scotts repurposes more than five billion pounds of byproducts and waste products annually by incorporating them into other products. Revived feedstocks include composted residential yard waste, processed livestock manure, bark and wood chip waste from the forest industry, agricultural crop waste and pre-consumer food waste. To help fight against harmful algal blooms, they eliminated 10,000 tons of phosphorous from lawn maintenance products and reduced nitrogen in lawn maintenance fertilizers.
United States Postal Service (USPS), Toledo, services 113 office locations and is the first in the USPS to achieve a zero-waste goal, defined by USPS as recycling more than 95 percent of its solid waste, exceeding the federal goal of 50 percent waste diversion. They are working to expand practices to the rest of the Northern Ohio District.
3M, Elyria, which makes cellulose sponge material, saved $1 million by keeping 4.6 million pounds of pollution out of the environment. They improved the efficiency of their crystallization system, reducing 660,000 pounds of chemical consumption. This reduced water use by 72 percent, reducing their impact on the city wastewater treatment system and reducing the amount of chemicals needed to treat discharge water.
Congratulations to all the 2016 winners! Any organization can work through levels of recognition. Interested in applying for recognition for your organization under the E3 program? If so, please visit epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3 or call (800) 329-7518. We would be glad to help guide you through the process and get your organization the recognition it deserves.