NC Environmental Stewardship Initiative

DEQ's Environmental Stewardship Initiative is designed to promote and encourage superior environmental performance by North Carolina's regulated community. This voluntary program is available at no cost to our members. It provides technical assistance and networking opportunities to stimulate the development and implementation of programs that use pollution prevention and innovative approaches to meet and go beyond regulatory requirements. This program seeks to reduce the impact on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits.

The ESI has three levels of participation. At the entry level is the Environmental Partner, Rising Environmental Steward is the mid level of the program, and the highest level is the Environmental Steward. Each level must meet certain criteria and will earn benefits based on the level of participation. 

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