NC Environmental Stewardship Initiative

The Environmental Stewardship Initiative at DEQ recognizes and supports companies and facilities who go above and beyond to reduce their impact on the environment.

ESI members strive to go beyond the minimum requirements and are commited to setting and achieving sustainability goals and conservation targets.

To support and encourage superior environmental performance, DEQ provides no-cost technical assistance, including strategies to reduce water and energy usage, for all ESI members. This voluntary program also provides members with networking and outreach opportunities to learn about innovative solutions and share successes as they acheive their goals. 

 

$95.6 MillionCost Savings ESI Members saved money by implementing environmental projects
14 BillionGallons of Water Saved ESI members implemented changes to significantly reduce water usage
4.2 million fewer tons of waste ESI members reduced the amount of waste going to landfills

ESI Member Levels

Steward

The Steward level is our elite designation for organizations display a commitment to exemplary environmental performance beyond what is required by law.

Environmental Stewards demonstrate:

  • Aggressive environmental performance goals
  • Commitment to meet and go beyond compliance
  • Community outreach and activities

 

Become an ESI Member

Rising Steward

The Rising Steward level is designed for organizations that have a mature environmental management system.

Rising Environmental Stewards must meet the Partner level criteria plus:

  • Demonstrate a mature EMS;
  • Set measurable environmental performance goals; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to go beyond compliance.

Partner

The Partner level is designed for a broad range of organizations interested in developing a systematic approach to improving their environmental performance.

Partners must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to compliance;
  • Set environmental performance goals; and
  • Agree to report annually.