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Ohio EPA Selects Environmental Scholarship Winners

Next Application Deadline is April 15, 2017

Eighteen environmental science and engineering students have been awarded scholarships to study at Ohio colleges and universities through Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund.

“Together with Ohio colleges and universities we are investing in today’s environmental scholars to foster stewardship well into the future,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler.

Students in four-year programs who will receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year included Michaela Rogers, Ohio State University (Chemistry), Powell.

Ohio EPA Issues 2016 Encouraging Environmental Excellence Awards

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler presented nine Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards last year at the Agency’s Compliance Assistance Conference in Columbus.

Ohio’s E3 program recognizes businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence. The E3 program also provides Achievement, Silver and Gold levels of recognition. An organization can work through levels of recognition including Achievement at the base level; Silver Level recognizing outstanding accomplishments in environmental stewardship; and Gold Level recognizing comprehensive environmental stewardship programs. All levels require a commitment to meet or exceed environmental regulatory requirements.

Eight organizations are being recognized at the Gold level, including:

  • PPG Delaware makes resins and coatings for collision and commercial uses for the automotive market. As a prime example of materials exchange for mutual benefit, the company provided 900,000 pounds of used material to a Kentucky paint company to be re-used, saving it from incineration and also saving $54,000 in disposal costs. The company also was able to decrease water usage and reduce its waste stream by 12 percent to save more than $27,000 per year.
  • Scotts in Marysville makes lawn and garden products, making use of more than 50 different waste byproducts that retain agronomic value. By incorporating these into other products, Scotts repurposed more than 5 billion pounds of byproducts annually. Revived feedstocks include composted residential yard waste, processed livestock manure, bark and wood chip waste from the forest industry, agricultural crop waste and pre-consumer food waste. To assist in the fight against harmful algal blooms, Scotts has eliminated 10,000 tons of phosphorous from lawn maintenance products, and reduced nitrogen in lawn maintenance fertilizers.


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