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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.

Ohio University

  • 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.