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Pollution Prevention Assistance

DEFA's quarterly newsletter, The Resource, is distributed to approximately 11,000 contacts made up of local officials interested in DEFA’s financial assistance programs, prior compliance conference and webinar attendees, local health departments, pretreatment contacts, trade associations, economic development contacts, recycling and litter prevention contacts, Ohio Materials Marketplace members and others who have indicated an interest in DEFA’s programs. Check out the newsletter's home page to download entire issues and see articles on other topics.

Summer 2022

Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education

Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education Program (E4) recognizes any K-12 public or private school for their achievements in environmental stewardship and efforts to educate and involve students in environmental topics.

Recognition Classes

Root Class – School demonstrates activities in one of the 3Rsreduce, reuse, and recycle; environmental education and stewardship is included in the curriculum; students have opportunities to participate in environmental activities.

Branch Class – School demonstrates activities in at least two of the 3Rs; environmental education and stewardship is interdisciplinary through all grade levels; students have opportunities to participate in STEM programs or green clubs.

Leaf Class – School demonstrates activities in all 3Rs; environmental education and stewardship is interdisciplinary, and curriculum is progressive; student-led environmental initiatives; the community beyond the school is encouraged to participate in environmental activities.

E4 Recognition Benefits

All three classes receive a certificate of recognition signed by the director and recognition on Ohio EPA’s website. Those in the branch class will also receive a window sticker decal. The leaf class will receive a flag and, schedule permitting, an award ceremony at the school.

How to Submit an Application

Applicants should submit a description of the school’s activities related to the three guiding principles: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Emphasis will be given to activities that provide students with the opportunity to become environmental leaders through learning and encouraging participation. Schools graduate from each class by adding additional activities. Those with activities in all three principles qualify for Leaf – the highest class available. E4 applications, which are accepted at any time, are available on Ohio EPA’s website. An individual school, school system, or portion of a school system can apply. For more information about the E4 program, contact Mathias Wagner at Mathias.Wagner@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 489-9465, or visit epa.ohio.gov/divisions-and-offices/environmental-financial-assistance/recognition-and-awards/e4-program.


                                  “We want to recognize schools for
                                   incorporating environmental principles
                                   into their curriculum or as part

                                   of extra activities.”

                                    -Laurie A. Stevenson
                                    Director, Ohio EPA


Spring 2022

The Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM) Update

Ohio EPA’s Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM) launched in April 2017. OMM is a free on-line network connecting businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs for reuse and recycling market opportunities. Through the OMM, waste streams are matched with reuse and recycling opportunities resulting in landfill diversion, carbon reduction, cost savings, energy savings, and new job opportunities. Transactions via OMM are measurable and tracked. Users of the OMM have helped divert more than 130 million pounds of material to higher and better use. Currently, there are more than 1,300 members participating in OMM.

Entrepreneurs can use OMM to find materials and innovate to building new reuse and recycling businesses. Access to resources and expertise from our state and city partners gives marketplace users a unique connection to resources to explore new business opportunities in reuse and recycling. The platform brings together users from regional programs in Austin, Tennessee, Ohio, Ontario, Michigan, and Washington - more regions will be coming online as we continue to grow. This hybrid approach allows our team to engage with region-specific challenges and opportunities and facilitate interaction at the national scale when appropriate.

Some of the categories of materials include ash and slag, construction and demolition, furniture, fixtures and equipment, glass and ceramics, inorganic chemicals, metals and metal sludge, oils and waxes, organic chemicals, organics, packaging, paints and coatings, paper and cardboard, plastics, rubber, soil and sand, solvents textiles and leather, and wood.

This program could not be successful without you! If you have any questions or comments regarding the platform, please contact our Ohio team at Materials.Marketplace@epa.ohio.gov.


Examples of Free and Wanted Materials

Encouraging Environmental Excellence Award Program Accepting Nominations

Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence Award program recognizes entities for exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Is your organization going beyond to reduce your environmental impact? Examples include lighting retrofits, reducing water/energy usage, recycling efforts, and process improvement. Is your community implementing sustainable measures to reduce their environmental impact? Examples include community gardening, energy/water reduction, green roofs, and smart transportation. Many of us have children in school, is your K-12 student implementing student-led sustainable activities at their school? Examples include encouraging recycling, water bottle refilling stations, anti-idling policies, and composting. This program has different levels of recognition for organizations, communities, and schools. Learn more at epa.ohio.gov/defa. You can now apply year-round.

Winter 2022

Seven Ohio Communities Awarded Ohio EPA’s First Encouraging Environmental Excellence for Communities Award

Several Ohio communities were highlighted at our September 2021 Virtual Sustainability Conference for receiving the first community environmental stewardship awards from Ohio EPA.

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence for Communities (E3C) program recognizes communities for implementing environmental stewardship initiatives through environmental, economic, and social programs and activities. The program’s three levels include Implementation Level, which requires completion of one environmental activity; Stewardship Level, requiring completion of activities in two environmental, one economic, and one social activity; and Sustainable Level, requiring completion of four environmental, two economic, and two social activities.

Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson recognized the city of Dublin and Westerville Energy Division at the Stewardship level. Bradford Wastewater, Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Northwestern Water and Sewer District, city of Upper Arlington, Willard Wastewater Treatment Plant were recognized at the Implementation level of the new Encouraging Environmental Excellence for Communities awards. To read details about the winners, go to our press release or watch the conference session recognizing the communities below.

“Local projects can have the greatest impacts on protecting and improving our environment,” Director Stevenson said. “These communities deserve recognition for going beyond what regulations require and setting a standard for other communities to follow.”

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence for Communities (E3C) recognizes a community’s exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Any local government of Ohio can be recognized for its commitment to environmental excellence. Applications are evaluated using environmental stewardship and related activities developed by Ohio EPA.

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. Applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Applications use a checklist and narrative format and are accepted at any time. Once a community has met the requirements for a level of recognition, they can submit the information for review. E3C awardees at each level receive a plaque, an E3C decal and a flag commemorating their achievements.

More information about the E3C program is available online or by calling Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.

Procter & Gamble is Recognized as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year by U.S. EPA

U.S. EPA recognized Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), Cincinnati, Ohio as an outstanding Safer Choice Formulator-Product Manufacturer in 2021. P&G has been a Safer Choice partner since 2019. In 2020, they added 12 products to their Safer Choice-certified line and updated two formulations. P&G designed, formulated, and manufactured their first complete Safer Choice-certified brand portfolio that is a collection of fabric and home care products. These products were designed specially to address cleaning issues in the many hard water regions of the United States. The product line contains nine ingredients that are identified by commonly recognized names for ease of understanding by consumers. Safer Choice commends P&G for their commitment to developing products that are safer for consumers and for the environment.

The Safer Choice program helps consumers and purchasers for facilities, such as schools and office buildings, find products that perform and are safer for human health and the environment. This year’s awardees have all shown a commitment to pollution prevention by reducing, eliminating, or preventing pollution at its source prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. The 2021 Partner of the Year award winners represent a wide variety of leadership organizations from each of the 10 EPA regions. These include businesses, comprising small- and medium-sized companies and women-owned companies; state and local governments; non-governmental organizations; associations; and others.

More than 2,000 products currently qualify to carry the Safer Choice label. Safer Choice products are available for your home at retail stores and for use in facilities like schools, hotels, offices, and sports venues.