MORPC’s Materials + Economy + Energy + Environment (ME3) program is helping manufacturing companies in Central Ohio and beyond identify opportunities to save money and reduce their environmental footprint through discounted technical services. 

Funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, ME3 is a comprehensive sustainability program that includes an energy assessment performed by the University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center; a lean and green facility review provided by TechSolve or MAGNET; and participation in the Ohio By-Product Synergy (BPS) Network to help convert waste materials into profitable feedstocks. Thirteen facilities are participating statewide with six located in the Central Ohio region. There is an opportunity for one more facility to participate in ME3 with confirmation required by the end of September.

Through ME3, one Central Ohio facility participated in an energy assessment and identified opportunities to save over $250,000 annually on energy costs. Another company implemented projects that will save an estimated $140,000 annually from improvements that will reduce energy, waste and water. Others in the program are finding opportunities to turn waste materials into a resource for other companies, with potential to cut costs and reduce waste to the landfill. 

The region will continue to see benefits of the program into the future. Between January 2012 and June 2014, 38 reported projects implemented by seven companies demonstrate significant financial and environmental savings on an annual basis:

  • 397 tons of waste diverted from the landfill
  • 15.4 million gallons of water saved
  • 3 GWh of electricity saved
  • 2,267 metric tons of CO2 avoided, the equivalent of taking 477 passenger vehicles off of the road each year

The photo includes ME3 participants and partners who attended the August 21 Ohio BPS Network meeting at Rumpke in Cincinnati. The next BPS Network meeting for members and prospective members will take place at MORPC’s offices on October 16. For more information on ME3 or to inquire about attending a BPS Network meeting, contact Brandi Whetstone at

Pictured left to right: Dr. Sharad Thakkar, Polymer Technologies and Services, Inc.; Paul Olah, Patheon Inc.; Mike Putnam, Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.; Brandi Whetstone, MORPC; Megan Moses, Ohio By-Product Synergy Network; Mike Long, Ohio By-Product Synergy Network; Greg Hume, TechSolve