EPA chief honors Marathon


Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Findlay offices received an award Wednesday from the state environmental chief for composting, and reducing water and electricity use.

“All that adds up,” said Craig Butler, director of the state Environmental Protection Agency.

In winning the E-3 Silver Award for “encouraging environmental excellence,” Marathon has been a perfect example of a company going above and beyond environmental standards, Butler said.

“They are composting food scrap waste in their cafeteria. They are saving tens of thousands of gallons of water by the (bathroom) fixtures that they have put in. They have upgraded their lighting,” he said. The lighting upgrade is saving electricity.

Environmental concern is a culture at Marathon Petroleum and its 1,600 employees take it seriously, said John Swearingen, vice president of health, environment, safety and security.

Employees last year recycled over 100 tons of paper, plastics and aluminum cans, he said. They spared the environment of 400,000 Styrofoam cups by drinking from reusable coffee mugs, Swearingen said.

“Our employees are truly the driving force behind this success through their active participation in our stewardship programs by bringing new ideas to the table and then working tirelessly to make it happen,” he said.

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