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Ohio EPA Recognizes Five Companies With Environmental Excellence Awards
Ohio EPA has identified the first award recipients for Encouraging Environmental Excellence (Ɛ3), a new program to recognize organizations committed to environmental excellence at all levels. Ɛ3 awards those who reduce waste, improve efficiency and work continuously to improve as an environmental steward.
Ɛ3 provides different recognition levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Recognition provides Ohio businesses and other organizations with credit for completing environmentally beneficial activities, and an incentive to commit to future environmental stewardship efforts.
Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally said, “I am happy to recognize these companies because they are a great example of the kind of environmental ethic Ohio companies need to have, not only to bring about significant improvements to Ohio’s environment, but also to allow them to reach a new level of competency in today’s competitive marketplace.”
Five companies have been recognized as Bronze Level participants in the ƐЗ program:
- GOJO Industries Inc. Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County)
In 2011, GOJO achieved a 13 percent reduction in water usage, 20 percent reduction in hazardous waste generated, 12 percent reduction in solid waste generated, 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 15 percent increase in solid waste recycled.
GOJO is committed to sustainability, focusing on how they interact with their environment. They are implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) driven by an organizational sustainability policy.
- Washing Systems LLC, Loveland (Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties)
After two years of developmental work and field testing, Washing Systems developed a product line for detergents known as Pure Solutions Chemical Line, free of nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE), a chemical that U.S. EPA considers highly toxic to aquatic organisms. As of December 2011, more than 90 percent of its customers converted to this U.S. EPA Design for the Environment detergent. The company has eliminated more than 21.6 million pounds of NPE from entering the environment through wastewater discharges.
Washing Systems also developed a detergent builder with natural-based, sustainable and biodegradable agents that lower water hardness within a washer. The change eliminated the use of phosphates and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), a persistent organic substance with hazardous degradation products.
- Multibase – A Dow Corning Company, Copley (Summit County)
In 2011, Multibase replaced conventional fluorescent lighting with energy-efficient fluorescent fixtures, including several equipped with occupancy and motion sensors. The updated lighting uses 59 percent less electricity and has reduced energy consumption by 16 percent and carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, by more than 200 tons per year. Changes save the company an estimated $40,000 per year.
Multibase also recycles 14,500 pounds of plastic, 1,900 pounds of cardboard, 2,100 pounds of plastic film and 180 pounds of office paper each month.
- Main Street Gourmet LLC, Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County)
Main Street Gourmet recycled nearly 80 tons of paper, plastic and metal in 2011, which reduced its solid waste generation by 50 percent. Main Street Gourmet uses proceeds from recycling to add to and improve the recycling program.
Virtually all of its organic waste, approximately 2,000 pounds per month, is composted and eventually sold as fertilizer.
- Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at The Lodge At Geneva-On-The-Lake in Geneva State Park, Geneva (Ashtabula County)
The lodge and conference center completed a facility-wide environmental stewardship program and used an environmental management strategy that resulted in annual recycling of an estimated 23,600 pounds of paper, plastic and other materials. The company also recycled 8,100 gallons of cooking oil through a used oil processing company.
The lodge also completed energy efficiency and water conservation retrofits that saved 238,710 gallons of water and 13,162 kilowatts of energy each year.
For more information about the ƐЗ program and the three levels of recognition, visit www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioE3.aspx or call (800) 329-7518.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.