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[IDEM] State Environmental Stewardship Program celebrates sixth year
Start Date: 8/29/2013 All Day
End Date: 8/29/2013
Entry Description
When the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) was launched six years ago, it was the first time state environmental regulators required participants of a voluntary incentive program to set specific goals and report results. Today, 46 Indiana businesses are voluntarily participating in ESP, and holding themselves accountable to the program’s rigorous standards.
 
The roster includes 23 renewing facilities who were welcomed back this month by Thomas Easterly, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). “Many of our state’s most environmentally progressive businesses are in ESP,” said Easterly. “ESP businesses are mentors and coaches to other businesses. They are the big brothers of industry.”  

IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance manages the ESP program and works to share the program’s results. Annual performance reports are made available on the IDEM website at www.idem.IN.gov/prevention/2400.htm. According to 2012 reports, members planted more than 16,500 trees, restored 120 acres of land, and collectively reduced raw materials by more than 25,000 pounds, water usage by more than 60 million gallons, greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5 million pounds, and non-hazardous waste by more than 2.5 million pounds. Many ESP members work to conserve energy. Reports submitted over the past six years show more than 538 million kilowatt hours of electricity have been saved since 2007.

Because prevention pollution measures often are aimed at reducing waste, conserving resources, and increasing efficiency, projects often help businesses save money in the long run. Metaldyne BSM, in Fremont, estimated a cost savings of more than $25,000 in 2012 as a result of its programs to reduce non-hazardous waste and recycle. Manchester Tank & Equipment, in Elkhart, estimated an annual cost savings of $5,000 by purchasing recycled content powder paint instead of 100 percent virgin material. 

Through their participation in ESP, members also help raise environmental awareness of more than 33,500 Hoosiers they collectively employ in 26 communities around the state. Kimball Office Furniture in Jasper involves all levels of employees and management in an employee based program. At No-Sag Products, in Kendallville, employees actively contribute suggestions and assist in implementing projects. Metaldyne SinterForge employees held an aluminum can drive during the holidays and donated the money to North Vernon’s Angel Tree program for children. 

ESP members must maintain an exemplary compliance record and certify that they have adopted and implemented an approved environmental management system. ESP members must report to IDEM on their environmental initiatives every year and reapply for ESP membership every three years. Incentives for participating businesses include networking events with other ESP members, expedited permits, flexible permits, reduced reporting frequencies, low priority for routine inspections, reduced recordkeeping and reporting, reduced monitoring, where applicable and appropriate.

Hoosier businesses can submit applications to IDEM for the Environmental Stewardship Program year around. For more details, visit IDEM’s website at www.in.gov/idem/prevention/2359.htm or contact IDEM, toll free, at (800) 988-7901.

 

About IDEM
IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.  

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Contact Information:
Name: Amy Smith
Phone: (317) 233-4927
Email: amsmith@idem.IN.gov
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