Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler presented five Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Level awards at the Agency’s Compliance Assistance Conference on Oct. 31, 2018 in Columbus. Ohio’s E3 Program recognizes businesses, nonprofits and government agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence. Platinum Level is the highest level award. Platinum 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.
Congratulations to the 2018 winners! If you are interested in applying for recognition for your organization under the E3 program, please visit epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/ohioe3, or call 1-800-329-7518. We are glad to help guide you through the process and get your organization the recognition it deserves.
American Municipal Power, Inc. (Columbus) – American Municipal Power (AMP) is a non-profit wholesale power supplier and service provider. The company improved energy and operational efficiency and uses efficient coal and natural gas technologies to generate power, which reduces emissions, water usage and need for landfill space.
General Motors Toledo (Toledo) – The General Motors 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 facility is landfill-free and has a 90 percent recycling rate.
Ohio University (Athens) – Ohio University is a large, primarily residential public university. They are diverting more than 60 percent of its solid waste with a goal of becoming a zero waste to landfill organization.
Washing Systems (Loveland) – Washing Systems is the leading provider of environmentally sustainable products and services in the North American and European laundry processing industry. Its Clear Path technology process produces accelerated cleaning results with less energy and water usage.
YSI Inc. (Yellow Springs) – YSI manufactures sampling and monitoring instruments for environmental and in-process monitoring, including equipment widely used to track water quality conditions and trends. The company implemented conservation and efficiency programs at its Yellow Springs facility and its employees take their expertise into the local and worldwide community to educate people about water quality and protect water resources.
Ford Ohio Assembly Plant (Avon Lake) – The company greatly improved cooling tower efficiency using technology first piloted at the Ohio Assembly Plant that has become the template for Ford’s global operations.
Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America (Russells Point) – Honda began a grinding oil recovery and re-use project that recycles 9,000 gallons of oil annually and a die lube reclamation system that eliminates the generation of about 1.5 million gallons of wastewater per year.
Kent State University (Kent) – The university has a storm water management program encompassing vegetative roofs, constructed wetlands, permeable pavers, rain gardens and more and its airport was one of 20 nationally selected by the Federal Aviation Administration for sustainability project funding.
Kenworth (Chillicothe) – The company reduced waste produced per truck built by 78 pounds, or 2.7 million pounds less waste annually, and is recovering 70 percent of its solvent stream, becoming a benchmark for all PACCAR Company manufacturing sites.
Nestle (Dublin) – Nestle added two autoclaves in 2014 that in two years eliminated the infectious waste sent off-site for disposal and introduced new testing methods that reduced the water being used from 10 liters to one liter for every 30 samples.
Delta Systems (Streetsboro) – Delta’s projects include using recycled plastic in its products, improving its molding system to eliminate plastic scrap and sending defective parts to be recycled.
Samuel Packaging Systems Group (Heath) – SPSG installed a one-of-a-kind heat treating line that uses non-toxic metal as a quench medium, preventing the release of 1,885 pounds of lead particulate into the environment and reducing hazardous waste generated by 18,000 pounds per year.