1/13/15
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Ohio EPA Director Visits Wright-Patterson AFB to Recognize Base for Environmental Excellence, Leadership

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn today to recognize the base for its ongoing efforts in environmental stewardship. He toured the facility and learned about the base leadership’s commitment to include recycling and conservation as part of its mission.

Ohio EPA previously recognized Wright-Patterson’s environmental stewardship efforts by presenting it a silver-level award under the Agency’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (Ɛ3) program.

“Wright-Patterson has made a commitment to adopt sustainable practices and protect Ohio’s environment. This can be a challenge at a facility this large and complex. They not only are an environmental leader in Ohio, but also a leader among the nation’s military installations,” Director Butler said.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base encompasses more than 8,100 acres and has approximately 27,000 employees.

The base operates a recycling program that diverts more than 1,500 tons of solid waste from landfills through recycling and composting in 2014. A key component of this effort is a ceiling tile recycling program that has resulted in more than 1.1 million square feet, or 706,000 pounds, of tiles recycled annually, the largest amount among federal facilities.

They have made it a priority to purchase recycled-content items including ceiling tiles, carpet and office paper.

The base installed a collection and recycling system for aircraft de-icing fluid and switched to road salt for melting ice on paved surfaces rather than urea, which can lead to excess nutrients in surface waters.

In addition, the base is preserving a rare 109-acre tall grass prairie and several wetlands located on the property. Employees also take environmental stewardship into the community during the Dayton Children’s Water Festival, Earth Day and Adopt-A-Stream events.

The Ɛ3 program acknowledges Ohio businesses and organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. To earn a silver-level award, a business or organization must have a good environmental compliance record and complete environmental stewardship activities that show a strong environmental ethic.

To learn more about the Ɛ3 program, go to www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.aspx or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.

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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. Since then, 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.


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