All members of the ESI must meet the basic criteria of the program:

  • Not be under any environmental criminal indictment or conviction;

  • Demonstrate commitment to compliance;

  • Set environmental performance goals that include pollution prevention and are appropriate to the nature, scale and environmental impact of the organization; and

  • Agree to report annually on progress toward the organization's environmental performance goals, reductions in environmental emissions or discharges of releases, solid and hazardous waste disposal, use of energy and water and any reportable non-compliance events.

For further information on the requirements of an Advisory Board member, as well as details on level criteria please review the Advisory Board Guidance Manual.

ESI Partner logoThe Partner level is designed for adoption by a broad range of organizations that are interested in beginning the process of developing a systematic approach to improving their environmental performance. Partners must demonstrate a commitment to maintain compliance, and either commit to establishing an environmental management system or set long-term measurable environmental performance goals. Partner Application - when completed email to


ESI Rising Steward logoThe Rising Steward level is designed for those organizations that have a mature environmental management system (EMS). Rising Environmental Stewards must demonstrate a mature EMS, set measurable environmental performance goals and demonstrate a commitment to go beyond compliance. Rising Steward Application - when completed email to esi@ncdenr.gov


ESI Steward logoThe Steward level is for those organizations that already display a commitment to exemplary environmental performance beyond what is required by law. Environmental Stewards must demonstrate: a mature EMS; aggressive environmental performance goals; a commitment to meet and go beyond compliance; an EMS that is integrated into the core business functions; and a process of communicating with the local community about program activities and progress toward performance goals. Steward Application - when completed email to


Feel free to contact a member of the ESI team by email or phone 1 (877) 623-6748 (toll free)