Ben Venue Laboratories has received the 2008 Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Stewardship. Presented by Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH) and the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the award recognizes Ben Venue for its environmental, health and safety management system that "strives to promote a safe and healthy manufacturing environment, including brownfield reuse and re-development, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) construction design and application for Silver Certification for its recently completed 90,000 square foot Lab and Office facility, recycling and reuse, energy saving, and water conservation," according to a BV statement.
Coordinated by Ohio's EPA, the award seeks to acknowledge Ohio businesses and organizations demonstrating a commitment to go above and beyond compliance, maintain aggressive environmental performance goals, and provide a process for communicating with others about program activities and progress toward established goals.
Submitted nominations were rated and the Ohio EPA completed site audits with the finalists to select eight honorees. "I'm honored to recognize these forward-thinking award winners, which have all demonstrated cutting-edge achievements and a commitment to environmental stewardship in Ohio," said Ohio EPA director Chris Korleski in a press release issued by the Governor's office.