The ESI has many members located across the state from a variety of business interests. Read below to learn how to become an ESI member!
Select Your Level and Apply
The DEQ Internal Workgroup coordinates compliance reviews of all applications and recommends Partner applicants for membership directly to DEQ's Secretary. All Rising Steward and Steward applicants receive an onsite verification visit by an ESI team to verify application information. These applications are reviewed annually in the spring and fall by the ESI Advisory Board. Following review, the Advisory Board then makes recommendations for membership. The final decision is up to the discretion of the DEQ Secretary.
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.
The 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.
The 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
The Steward level is for those organizations that are already displaying 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