In the spirit of Earth Day, the other good environmental news from Kent was Monday’s visit from the Ohio EPA Director who recognized Kent Elastomer as only the 2nd company in Ohio to achieve the highest levels of environmental performance and receive the Gold Level E3 Award from the State.
We don’t often have the time to hear all of the great work that is going on inside Kent’s businesses and this was a great example of the pioneering work being done right here in our hometown.
The Ohio EPA website notes that the gold level is designed to recognize businesses that exceed regulatory compliance obligations and commit to long-term strategies to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance. To qualify for the gold level, applicants must:
• Pass a comprehensive compliance check;
• Implement and maintain an environmental management system (EMS); and
• Commit to continuous environmental improvement.
Each gold-level participant completes an annual performance report that demonstrates its environmental accomplishments over the year, its continued high level of environmental performance, and its maintenance of the membership criteria.
I know the employees were very proud of their award (see photo) and we’re certainly proud to have them here in Kent, showcasing the highest levels of environmental stewardship.