Ohio EPA recognizes Clay High School with E4 Award

Press Staff Writer

        Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson has recognized Clay High School with the Branch Level of Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education (E4) Award.
        The program has three levels: root, branch, and leaf, based on how many of the “Three R” environmental principles – reduce, reuse, and recycle – the school is incorporating in its curriculum or school activities.
        Clay High School has hosted an active environmental club for 10 years. During this time, students have educated their classmates on recycling and led the school’s cardboard recycling program. The club has developed a partnership with the local recycling center providing tours, recycling education, and job-skills training to students.
        The school also has made strong efforts to reduce energy use within the building by upgrading all light fixtures to LEDs. Approximately 70 percent of the electricity used in the school is generated on-site by a 900KW wind turbine; this percentage continues to increase as the school converts to more efficient lighting.
        The E4 program recognizes K-12 public or private schools for achievements in environmental stewardship and efforts to educate students on environmental topics. Schools can apply online at any time by going to Ohio EPA’s Customer Support Center and creating an account.
        More information about the E4 program is available on Ohio EPA’s website, epa.ohio.gov, or by contacting the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.


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