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E3 Program

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Achievement, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Awards recognize an organization's exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio can be recognized for their commitment to environmental excellence. 

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.

Award Criteria

Ohio EPA evaluates applications using 15 environmental stewardship criteria. Each of the applicable criteria will be evaluated using a six-point scale (0 to 5). Points will be awarded based on how the information provided meets the requirements of five scoring parameters. An explanation of E3 scoring parameters and additional details on the evaluation methods used may be found here

The fifteen environmental stewardship criteria which are evaluated for all E3 applications are:

  • Sustainable materials and purchasing
  • Pollution prevention
  • Energy efficiency
  • Recycling programs
  • Organics diversion
  • Green building
  • Renewable energy
  • Management commitment
  • Employee involvement
  • Continuous improvement
  • Innovation
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Green infrastructure and storm water best management practices
  • Economic benefits
  • Promotion and dissemination

E3 Platinum Level applicants also need to provide additional information describing how their overall environmental stewardship program addresses six community and regional sustainability criteria, or indicate why one or more of these criteria are not applicable. An explanation and additional detail on the evaluation method for community and regional sustainability criteria may be found here.

The six community and regional sustainability criteria are:

  • Product or service design
  • Community education
  • Improving the supply and delivery chain
  • Community and regional environmental priorities
  • Habitat and biodiversity improvements
  • Community support

Recognition

Organizations may receive one of four award levels based on their commitment to Environmental Excellence: Achievement, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Ohio EPA may request additional information from an applicant if we feel an organization is close to achieving a higher tier award. The criteria for each award and the benefits for receiving each one are listed below.

Organizations receiving E3 program recognition can reapply for the same or different levels of recognition. Applicants need to demonstrate significant improvement if applying for a higher level (for example, E3 Silver to Gold) or complete different or unique activities in their new application (for example, reapplying for E3 Gold in a following year). We recommend reaching out to E3 program staff if you are interested in reapplying to discuss progress and improvements which may qualify for a new award. Applicants interested in receiving additional recognition may only need to submit updated or partial information.

Achievement

The E3 Achievement Award recognizes any applicants completing environmentally beneficial activities.  Achievement level participants must describe activities completed in one of the following environmental stewardship criteria:

  • Sustainable materials and purchasing
  • Pollution prevention
  • Energy efficiency
  • Recycling programs or
  • Organics diversion
  • Green building
  • Renewable energy

Achievement level participants must also describe how the applicant organization has made some level of progress in at least five of the additional criteria below and submit a general statement indicating the applicant is in compliance with environmental laws and regulations:

  • Management commitment
  • Employee involvement
  • Continuous improvement
  • Innovation
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Sustainable materials and purchasing
  • Pollution prevention
  • Energy efficiency
  • Recycling programs
  • Organics diversion
  • Green building
  • Green infrastructure and storm water best management practices
  • Renewable energy
  • Economic benefits
  • Promotion and dissemination

Achievement Level Benefits

E3 Achievement award winners will receive:

  • A certificate of recognition signed by the Director.
  • A listing on the Ohio EPA website.
  • A decal with the E3 logo to display at the applicant's location.

Silver

The E3 Silver Level recognizes an organization's outstanding achievements in environmental stewardship.  Applications are accepted on a continual basis throughout the year and include both written and onsite evaluations.

E3 Silver recipients must score a three or higher on any five of the environmental stewardship criteria

Silver Level Benefits

E3 Silver award winners will receive:

  • A certificate of recognition signed by the Director.
  • A listing on the Ohio EPA website and program highlights in Ohio EPA publications.
  • An E3 flag to hang at the recipient's location.
  • An Ohio EPA news release touting the recipient's environmental accomplishments.

Gold

The E3 Gold Level recognizes organizations that have comprehensive environmental stewardship programs.  Applications are accepted on a continual basis throughout the year and include both written and onsite evaluations. 

E3 Gold recipients must score a three or higher on any 12 of the environmental stewardship criteria

Gold Level Benefits

E3 Gold award winners will receive:

  • A certificate of recognition signed by the Director.
  • A listing on the Ohio EPA website and program highlights in Ohio EPA publications.
  • An E3 flag to hang at the recipient's location.
  • Ohio EPA news release touting the recipient's environmental accomplishments.
  • The opportunity to work with Ohio EPA on benefits that include enhanced environmental assistance, the possibility of a site visit from the Director based upon availability, updates on environmental stewardship information, marketing opportunities to highlight environmental accomplishments and other options.

Platinum

The E3 Platinum Level recognizes organizations that demonstrate how their environmental stewardship efforts improve the social well-being of the local community, region and/or a larger geographic area, and how these efforts result in long-term societal benefits. Applications are accepted on a continual basis throughout the year and include both written and onsite evaluations. 

E3 Platinum recipients must score a three or higher on 12 of the environmental stewardship criteria and address the six community and regional sustainability criteria.

Platinum Level Benefits

  • A certificate of recognition signed by the Director.
  • A listing on the Ohio EPA website and program highlights in Ohio EPA publications.
  • An E3 platinum flag to hang at the recipient's location.
  • Ohio EPA news release touting the recipient's environmental accomplishments.
  • Invitation to an awards ceremony and possibly a site visit by the Ohio EPA director or an award presentation at the recipient's location.
  • The opportunity to work with Ohio EPA on benefits that include enhanced environmental assistance, the possibility of a site visit from the Director based upon availability, updates on environmental stewardship information, marketing opportunities to highlight environmental accomplishments and other options.

Submitting Your Application and Questions

E3 applications are accepted at any time and must be filled out online at our Customer Support Center. Any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio can apply for an E3 award.

Compliance Requirements

To qualify for an E3 award, applicant organizations must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations for at least one year prior to submittal of their application, and for the duration of the application review process. Ohio EPA will perform a compliance evaluation to ensure the organization is eligible to receive an E3 award.

Site Visit

Organizations with particularly impressive applications may be asked to host a site visit. The purpose of this site visit is to provide reviewers with a better understanding of the organization's environmental stewardship, to view the activities described in the application in operation, and to clarify information provided in the application. A team of two or more Ohio EPA reviewers will conduct the site visit and collect information to determine the award level earned. Evaluation criteria for the site visit are the same as those for the written application. 

Contact April Stevens in the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance at (614) 644-3783, (april.stevens@epa.ohio.gov) or our hotline at (800) 329-7518 if you have any questions.

Award Winners

Platinum Level

2021

  • First Solar, Perrysburg and Perrysburg/Wallbridge (Wood County)

  • Kenworth Truck Company (Ross County)

  • Scott's Miracle-Gro (Union County)

September 30, 2020

  • Denison University, Granville (Licking County) (E3 Video)

  • Marathon Petroleum Company Findlay Campus (Hancock)

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati (Hamilton) (E3 Video)

April 22, 2020

  • Cleveland Metroparks (Cuyahoga County)

February 11, 2020

  • Ford Motor Company - Lima Engine Plant (Allen County)

January 14, 2020

  • Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (Union County)

December 17, 2019

  • Cleveland Clinic (Cuyahoga County)

October 31, 2018

  • American Municipal Power, Inc., Columbus (Franklin County)

  • General Motors LLC Toledo Plant, Toledo (Lucas County)

  • Washing Systems, Loveland (Hamilton County)

September 20, 2018

  • YSI Inc., Yellow Springs (Greene County)

May 9, 2018

  • Ohio University, Athens (Athens County)

October 3, 2017

  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell (Delaware County)

  • Washing Systems, Loveland (Hamilton County)

Gold Level

2021

  • AES (Montgomery County)

  • Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, LLC — Anna Engine Plant (Shelby County)

  • Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, LLC – East LibertyAuto Plant (Logan County)

  • Honda Development and Manufacturing of America,LLC–MarysvilleAuto Plant (Union County)

  • Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, LLC — Anna Engine Plant (Shelby County)

  • Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, LLC – East LibertyAuto Plant (Logan County)

  • Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, LLC – Marysville Auto Plant (Union County)

  • The Ohio State University (Franklin County)

September 30, 2020

  • Vallourec Star, LP, Youngstown (Mahoning County)

  • Whirlpool Corporation Findlay Operations (Hancock County)

  • Timken Steel WTP, Canton (Stark County)

April 22, 2020

  • Akron Engineering Bureau - Akron Waterways Renewed! (Summit County)

  • First Solar Inc. - PGT2 (Wood County)

  • Honda Marysville Auto Plant (Union County)

  • Honda East Liberty Auto Plant (Logan County)

  • Honda Anna Engine Plant (Shelby County)

  • Kenworth Truck Company (Ross County)

  • Stirling Ultracold, a Division of Global Cooling, Inc. (Athens County)

  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Franklin County)

October 31, 2018

  • Ford Ohio Assembly Plant, Avon Lake (Lorain County)

  • Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America, Russells Point (Logan County)

  • Kent State University (Portage County)

  • Kenworth Truck Company, Chillicothe (Ross County)

  • Nestle Quality Assurance Center, Dublin (Franklin County)

October 3, 2017

  • Cleveland Clinic Main Campus (Cuyahoga County)

  • Crown Minster (Auglaize County)

  • GM Toledo (Lucas County)

  • Ford Cleveland Engine Plant 1 (Cuyahoga County)

  • Frito-Lay, Wooster (Wayne County)

  • Honda Anna Engine Plant (Shelby County)

  • Honda East Liberty Auto Plant (Logan County)

  • Honda Marysville Auto Plant (Union County)

  • Ohio University, Athens (Athens County)

August 24, 2017

  • Honda R&D Americas, Raymond (Union County)

May 25, 2017

  • MillerCoors, Trenton

August 31, 2016

  • ConAgra, Troy

  • Denison University, Granville

  • Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland

  • JLG Industries, Orrville

  • Marathon Petroleum Company's Findlay Office Complex

  • PPG, Delaware

  • Scotts, Marysville

  • United States Postal Service, Toledo

May 5, 2016

  • Enginetics Corporation, Huber Heights

  • Pioneer Automotive Technologies, Springboro

March 9, 2016

  • First Solar, Inc., Perrysburg

September 18, 2015

  • TimkenSteel Water Treatment Plant, Canton

  • University Hospital, Cleveland

  • GOJO Industries, Cuyahoga Falls

  • CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. Northwest Ohio Trans-Shipment Terminal, North Baltimore

  • Industry Products Company, Piqua

  • Ford Sharonville Transmission Plant (STP), Sharonville

  • Cleveland Indians, Cleveland

  • ID Images LLC, Brunswick

August 17, 2015 

  • General Motors Toledo Transmission plant

August 13, 2015 

  • Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., Marysville

  • Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., East Liberty

  • Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., Anna

July 29, 2015 

  • Crown Equipment Corporation’s New Bremen electronics assembly plant

May 18, 2015 

  • Sherwin-Williams Breen Technology Center — Cleveland

April 20, 2015 

  • Kent Elastomer's Winesburg plant

  • Kent Elastomer's Kent plant

April 22, 2014 

  • Crown Equipment Corporation’s New Knoxville plant

Silver Level

2021

  • AGC Automotive Americas (Logan County)

  • Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (Franklin County)

  • The Huntington National Bank — Cleveland Avenue (Franklin County)

  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (Cuyahoga)

  • Weastec (Highland County)

  • Willow Wood Global (Madison County)

September 30, 2020 

  • Charter Steel, Risingsun (Wood County)

  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus (Franklin County)

April 22, 2020 

  • Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Lorain County)

  • Cooper Farms (Mercer County)

  • CSA Group (Cuyahoga County)

  • NASA Glenn Research Center (Cuyahoga County)

  • Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution (Allen County)

October 31, 2018 

  • Delta Systems, Streetsboro (Portage County)

  • Samuel Packaging Systems Group, Heath (Licking County)

October 3, 2017 

  • Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Elyria (Lorain County)

  • Kent State University (Portage County)

  • Kenworth Truck Company, Chillicothe (Ross County)

  • Nestle Quality Assurance Center, Dublin (Franklin County)

  • Oberlin College (Lorain County)

  • Ohio Department of Transportation-District 12 (Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties)

  • Tigerpoly Manufacturing, Grove City (Franklin County)

August 31, 2016 

  • 3M Elyria

July 1, 2015 

  • GKN Driveline, Bowling Green

  • TimkenSteel’s Water Treatment Plant, Canton

  • University Hospital, Cleveland

  • GOJO Industries, Cuyahoga Falls

  • Melink, Milford

  • CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. – Northwest Ohio Trans-Shipment Terminal, North Baltimore

  • Industry Products Company, Piqua

  • Ford Sharonville Transmission Plant, Sharonville

May 14, 2014 

  • Washing Systems - Loveland

  • Kent Elastomer - Kent

  • Saint-Gobain - Akron

  • Kent Elastomer - Winesburg

  • MillerCoors - Trenton

  • Sherwin Williams, Breen Technology Center - Cleveland

May 22, 2013 

  • Frito Lay - Wooster

  • GM Toledo

  • Marathon Petroleum Company’s Findlay Office Complex

  • Honda - Marysville, East Liberty, Anna, and Russells Point

  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB)

  • DRS Environmental Systems Inc. - Cincinnati

Achievement Level

2021

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc. (Summit)

January 13, 2021

  • Bakers Collision Repair Specialists, Inc. – Mansfield (Richland)

  • Cardinal Health – Dublin (Franklin)

  • Clampco Products, Inc. – Wadsworth (Medina)

  • Goodwill Industries EHOS – Bellevue (Huron)

  • Lafarge Marblehead – Marblehead (Ottawa)

  • MadTree Brewing Company – Cincinnati (Hamilton)

  • Midwest Express, Inc. – East Liberty (Logan)

  • MPLX Terminals LLC – Brecksville (Cuyahoga)

  • MPLX Terminals LLC – Columbus (Franklin)

  • RAP Management – Columbus (Franklin)

  • The Cleveland Foundation – Cleveland (Cuyahoga)

December 12, 2018 

  • Columbus Fair Auto Auction, Inc. – Columbus (Franklin)

  • COX Enterprises, Inc. - Manheim Ohio - Grove City (Franklin)

  • Custom Pultrusions Inc. - Andersen Aurora Manufacturing – Aurora (Geauga)

  • Detroit Diesel – Reman Engine – Byesville (Guernsey)

  • Land-Grant Brewing Company - Columbus (Franklin)

October 16, 2018 

  • Atrium Medical Center – Middletown (Warren)

  • Henry County Hospital – Napoleon (Henry)

  • Mercy Springfield Regional Medical Center – Springfield (Clark)

  • Mercy St. Rita’s Medical Center – Lima (Allen)

  • Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center – Toledo (Lucas)

  • Mercy St. Elizabeth Youngstown – Youngstown (Mahoning)

  • Premier Health- Miami Valley Hospital – Dayton (Montgomery)

  • Ohio State Wexner Medical Center – Columbus (Franklin)

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center (Greene)

September 22, 2017

  • Spartan Chemical Company, LLC – Maumee (Lucas)

September 5, 2017

  • PRO-TEC Coating Company – Leipsic (Putnam)

August 9, 2017

  • Hydrodec of North America, LLC – Canton (Stark)

August 8, 2017

  • Fairfield County Commission – Lancaster (Fairfield)

July 27, 2017

  • Jay-Dee Cleaners – Euclid (Cuyahoga)

June 13, 2017 

  • Barnesville Hospital - Barnesville (Belmont)

  • Fairfield Medical Center - Lancaster (Fairfield)

  • Hocking Valley Community Hospital - Logan (Hocking)

  • Mercy Health St. Charles Hospital - Oregon (Lucas)

  • University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center - Beachwood (Cuyahoga)

  • University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center - Ashland (Ashland)

June 6, 2017 

  • Sandoval Buick GMC - Columbus (Franklin)

April 4, 2017 

  • Barnes Nursery - Huron (Erie)

March 17, 2017 

  • Nestle Quality Assurance Center - Dublin (Franklin)

February 7, 2017 

  • Legacy Village - Lyndhurst (Cuyahoga)

  • Marathon - Canton (Stark)

  • Masco Cabinetry Plant 2 - Middlefield (Geauga)

  • Metro-SWORTA - Cincinnati (Hamilton)

  • Tigerpoly - Grove City (Franklin)

October 19, 2016

  • City of Athens - Athens (Athens County)

  • Ohio University - Athens (Athens County)

October 17, 2016

  • Akron Water Supply Plant - Akron (Summit County)

  • City of Lima Wastewater Treatment Plant - Lima (Allen County)

October 13, 2016

  • Kleen Test Products Corporation - Strasburg (Tuscarawas County)

  • Tech II - Springfield (Clark County)

  • Honda R&D Americas - Raymond (Union County)

September 27, 2016

  • Kenworth Truck Company - Chillicothe (Ross County)

August 26, 2016

  • Dayton Power and Light Company Yankee Solar Array - Washington Township (Montgomery County)

  • North Star BlueScope Steel - Delta (Fulton County)

June 14, 2016

  • Mercy Health (Youngstown)

  • Summa Health System (Akron)

  • TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital (Cincinnati)

  • TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati)

  • Marymount Hospital (Garfield Heights)

  • Mount Carmel St. Ann's (Westerville)


April 11, 2016

  • Maroon Group, LLC - Avon (Lorain County)

January 20, 2016

  • The Brewer-Garrett Company - Middleburg Heights (Cuyahoga County)

  • CertainTeed Corporation Roofing Division - Milan (Erie County)

  • ConAgra Foods - Troy (Miami County)

October 15, 2015

  • Otterbein University – Westerville (Franklin County)

  • Visual Marking Systems Inc. – Twinsburg (Summit County)

  • PSC - Cousins Waste Control, LLC – Toledo (Lucas County)

June 11, 2015

  • Masco Cabinetry’s Plant # 3 – Orwell (Ashtabula County)

  • Kyklos Bearing International, LLC (KBI) – Sandusky (Erie County)

July 25, 2014

  • Industry Products Company (IPC) – Piqua (Miami County)

Dec. 20, 2013

  • Enginetics Corporation – Huber Heights (Montgomery County)

  • Ohio Dental Association – Columbus (Franklin County) 

  • Pull-A-Part, LLC – Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

Sept. 20, 2013

  • Pioneer Automotive Technologies, Inc. – Springboro (Warren County)

  • U.S.T. Environmental Contractor, Inc. – Baltimore (Fairfield County)

  • Cincinnati Marathon, Inc. DBA Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon – Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

July 16, 2013

  • Agmet, LLC, Oakwood Village and Maple Heights (Cuyahoga County)

  • Bridgestone Americas Center for Research and Technology, Akron (Summit County)

  • USA Lamp & Ballast Recycling, Inc. Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Nov. 19, 2012

  • GOJO Industries Inc. Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County)

  • Washing Systems LLC, Loveland (Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties)

  • Multibase – A Dow Corning Company, Copley (Summit County)

  • Main Street Gourmet LLC, Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County)

  • Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at The Lodge At Geneva-On-The-Lake in Geneva State Park, Geneva (Ashtabula County)

Historical

2010 Environmental Stewardship Awards

Crown Equipment Corporation, New Knoxville

The Lubrizol Corporation – Wickliffe

2009 Environmental Stewardship Awards

Dull Homestead, Inc.

GM Powertrain Toledo Plant

Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Marysville, East Liberty, Anna, and Russells Point

Huron Hospital

Marathon Petroleum Company – Findlay Office Complex

Masco Retail Cabinet Group – Middlefield and Orwell

2008 Environmental Stewardship Awards

Anheuser-Busch, Columbus Brewery

Ben Venue Laboratories

Bowling Green State University's Elemental Mercury Collection and Reclamation Program

The Christ Hospital

Crown Equipment Corporation, New Bremen

DesignGroup

Frito Lay Wooster

Lube Stop

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. - Cincinnati