INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana companies wishing to join the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) have until May 31, 2017 to complete and submit their applications. Companies may start the application process by visiting www.idem.IN.gov/prevention/2359.htm.
Any business that is regulated by IDEM is eligible, regardless of type of business, size or complexity. To qualify, companies must demonstrate that they have the following:
• Standard of environmental compliance
• Implemented and will maintain an environmental management system (EMS)
• Committed to continuous environmental improvement
ESP is a statewide program that provides incentives and recognition for industrial operations that go above and beyond environmental requirements for preventing air, land and water pollution. To become an ESP member, businesses must maintain an exemplary compliance record, certify the company has adopted and implemented an approved environmental management system, and commit to specific measures for continued improvement in their environmental performance.
ESP is managed by IDEM’s Office of Program Support. ESP members must report to IDEM on their environmental initiatives every year and reapply for ESP membership every three years. Information, including annual performance reports, is available on the IDEM website at www.idem.IN.gov/prevention/2359.htm
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.