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Environmental Stewardship Program

About the Environmental Stewardship Program

The Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) is a voluntary, performance based leadership program designed to recognize and reward Indiana regulated entities for going above and beyond current environmental regulations. In return for their exemplary environmental performance, these establishments will receive program incentives including regulatory flexibility, public recognition, and networking opportunities.

ESP focuses on improving Indiana's environment and business climate through innovation and efficient resource allocation. Participating organizations achieve environmental objectives through creating and implementing an environmental management system (EMS). Together, the EMS and the steward's commitment to continual environmental improvement will increase their efficiency, decrease environmental impacts, and may save the business time, money, and resources. Regulatory flexibility incentives earned by members were designed to provide business value, reduce regulatory oversight, allow a shift in resources from compliance driven to achieving results, and provide the member with increased operational flexibility.

If your facility looks for opportunities to continuously improve, reduce waste and improve efficiency, reducing your footprint on Indiana's environment, then you may be an environmental steward and may want to become a member.

Watch Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business as he speaks with Jean-Francois Brossoit, Plant Manager, Carrier Corporation; Tom Easterday, Senior Vice President, Subaru of Indiana Automotive; and Sam George, Vice President of Environmental Compliance, American Commercial Lines, about being members of the Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program.


Any regulated entity in Indiana may apply regardless of type, size, or complexity. To qualify for Indiana's Environmental Stewardship Program, applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • A standard of environmental compliance;
  • Implemented and will maintain an environmental management system (EMS); and
  • Committed to continuous environmental improvement.

Benefits of Membership

There are many benefits and incentives for members including, regulatory flexibility, recognition, and networking opportunities.

Member Results at a Glance

During 2015, Environmental Stewardship Program members made the following achievements:

  • Reduced the amount of water usage enough to fill nearly 80 Olympic sized swimming pools. 1
  • Reduced the amount of natural gas used similar to eliminating CO2 emissions from 20 propane cylinders used for home barbeques. 2
  • Eliminated the amount of solid waste sent to the landfill by a weight equivalent to about 535 full-sized passenger trucks. 3
  • Saved enough electricity to power 3,715 Indiana households for one year. 4
  1. 660,000 gallons per Olympic Swimming Pool
  2. 18 pounds propane/1 cylinder × 0.817 pound C/pound propane × 0.4536 kilograms/pound × 44 kg CO2/12 kg C × 1 metric ton/1,000 kg = 0.024 metric tons CO2/cylinder
  3. Pick-Up truck average 5000 pounds
  4. 5,402 kWh/year Indiana homes in 2010

The table lists all of the achievements by Environmental Stewardship Program members during 2015 by each environmental category:

Category Indicator Amount
Air Emissions Reductions HAPs 58.32 pounds
Air Emissions Reductions Total GHG 86,719.32 pounds
Air Emissions Reductions VOCs 6,064.83 pounds
Energy Usage Reductions Electricity 20,070,008.30 kwh
Energy Usage Reductions Fuel 110,333.55 pounds
Energy Usage Reductions Natural Gas 1,569,093,464.71 BTUs
Energy Usage Reductions Reduce Compressed Pressure 110,333.55 kwh
Hazardous Waste Reductions Reduction of Hazardous Waste 1,023.60 gallons
Hazardous Waste Reductions Reduction of Hazardous Waste 1,480.56 pounds
Hazardous Waste Reductions Reuse/Recycle Offsite 9,273.60 pounds
Land & Habitat Increases Land & Habitat Conservation 864.09 acres
Non-hazardous Waste Reductions Incineration 68,504 pounds
Non-hazardous Waste Reductions Landfill 947,614.98 pounds
Recycling Increase Reused/Recycled 1,651,509.14 pounds
Water Usage Reductions Total Water Used 53,360,173.95 gallons

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management at (800) 988-7901 or via email at