Many Ohio communities know Ohio EPA recognizes manufacturing businesses for environmental excellence with the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program (E3) program, but may not realize their day-to-day operations are also eligible for recognition. In 2016, the public entities listed below received E3 Achievement Level Awards for their environmental stewardship activities.
Akron Water Supply (AWS) Plant
- Upgraded lighting, installed motion sensors, saving $20,000 per year.
- Posted Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs) on their website, saving mailing and printing costs to 78,000 customers.
- Beneficially reused Water Treatment Residuals (WTR) and incorporated them into a landscaping product, saving more than $1 million per year in landfill costs.
- Began participating in a demand response program with their power company, where during certain times, they reduce power use or use their own generators and, in turn, receive compensation.
Lima Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)
- Reduced iron salt use by 50 percent, using peristaltic pumps.
- Improved impurity removal by changing the influent screen size, lowering maintenance costs and improving energy efficiency.
- Recycled sludge into material for land application.
- Implemented energy efficiency activities: upgrading lighting, installing motion sensors, high efficiency boilers, and variable frequency drive motors on pumps.
- Reused coal fly ash and cement kiln dust in their lime stabilization process, reducing materials going to landfill.
- Used methane from their anaerobic digester to run micro-turbines at the plant and reuse exhaust heat conditioning the digester gas, saving $46,000.
- Recycled office and lab plastics, aluminum, metal and pallets.
City of Athens
- Upgraded their wastewater treatment plant, replacing screening, influent pumps and clarifiers, and replaced the chemical system with ultra-violet disinfection.
- Shifted to single-stream recycling collection for city residents and began composting organic waste.
- Opened a new materials recovery facility and composting site.
- Partnered with Rural Action Waste Initiative, recovering unwanted food, clothing, furniture, appliances and mattresses from Ohio University’s student move-outs after spring semester ends.
- Worked with Athens Soil and Water Conservation District (ASWCD) to address storm water issues, encourage green infrastructure and educate students about the Waterfest program.
- Established the City of Athens Sustainability Commission and development and completion of a city sustainability plan.
- Participated in the Community Energy Savers Program with American Electric Power (AEP) to implement energy efficiency programs.
- Created an Office of Sustainability.
- Developed an internal Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan.
- Implemented an annual Sustainability Awards Program.
- Managed a Sustainability Tracking and Evaluation Program (STEP).
- Continually worked to improve alternative transportation options for the campus and surrounding community.
Several of these organizations have applied for higher-level E3 awards. Ohio EPA’s E3 Program has a four-level approach to provide recognition to Ohio organizations completing environmentally beneficial activities. If your organization is interested in being recognized by the E3 program, contact DEFA at 1-800-329-7518 or visit the E3 website for more information.