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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 or renew your membership.

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. Additionally, members also have the opportunity to meet with the IDEM Commissioner on an annual basis to discuss environmental topics and enjoy featured presentation at the ESP Annual Meetings.

Member Results at a Glance

During 2017, Environmental Stewardship Program members made the following achievements:

  • Saved enough electricity to power 790 Indiana homes for one year. 1
  • Reduced the amount of natural gas that would be used in 13 homes in one year. 2
  • Pounds of hazardous waste reused or recycled is equivalent to 251 elephants! 3
  • Reduced the amount of water usage enough to fill nearly 225 Olympic sized swimming pools. 4
  • Eliminated the amount of solid waste sent to the landfill by a weight equivalent to about 12,052 full-sized passenger trucks. 5
  1. Electricity: 12,148 kWh per home × 1,123 lbs CO2 per megawatt-hour generated × (1/(1-0.073)) MWh generated/MWh delivered × 1 MWh/1,000 kWh × 1 metric ton/2,204.6 lb = 6.672 metric tons CO2/home.
  2. Natural gas: The average household consumes 90 million British thermal units (Btu) a year, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration (U.S. EIA) 2009 survey data. The average heat content of natural gas is about 1,030 Btu/cubic foot (www.science.answers.com). 37,922 cubic feet per home × 0.0550 kg CO2/cubic foot × 1/1,000 kg/metric ton = 2.09 metric tons CO2/home.
  3. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an average adult African elephant weighs about 12,000 pounds.
  4. Olympic Swimming Pool can hold 660,000 gallons of water.
  5. Average pick-up truck weighs 5000 pounds.

This is a list of all of the achievements by Environmental Stewardship Program members during 2017 by each environmental category:

  • Air Emissions
    • Nitrogen Oxide (NOx): 58 pounds reduced
    • Carbon Monoxide (CO): 300,045 pounds reduced
    • VOCs: 16,024 pounds reduced
  • Energy Usage
    • Electricity: 9,599,353 kwh reduced
    • Natural Gas: 1,146,644,268 btu reduced
  • Hazardous Materials & Wastes
    • Hazardous/toxic components: 3,014,949 pounds reduced
  • Non-Hazardous Materials & Wastes
    • Landfill: 4,236,489 pounds reduced
  • Water Use
    • Total water used: 148,287,465 gallons reduced
  • Reused/Recycled Off-Site
    • Waste recycling/recover/reclaim/reuse: 60,261,321 pounds

Featured Member Success

In 2017, IDEM worked with Elanco Clinton Laboratories to feature several environmental improvement initiatives that were completed resulting in both energy and water reductions. A presentation was made at Indiana’s Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow in September, Energy Savings through Capital Improvements and Procedural Changes [ZIP], and a success story was written in December, Site Energy Efficiency Improvements [PDF].

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

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