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What is the Oklahoma Star Incentive Program (OKStar)?

  • The Oklahoma Star Incentive Program is a voluntary program. Ranks participants among peers and awards Silver, Gold or Platinum stars. Each star is earned by meeting specific performance criteria.
  • Recognizes facilities that achieve and maintain compliance and go beyond the regulations to protect the environment and promote employee safety
  • Recognizes businesses and organizations that voluntarily meet and exceed the program's high standards of environmental responsibility. By meeting the standards, these organizations demonstrate to the public that they have gone well beyond compliance with environmental law, and have voluntarily implemented a thorough waste prevention and pollution prevention plan.
  • Is both pro-business and pro-environment. Organizations that are more environmentally responsible also have a stronger bottom line. By examining an organization's waste streams and making internal changes to reduce them, significant financial and environmental savings may be realized.

To qualify, a facility must apply to DEQ. A review committee then determines the level of star to be awarded.

How are Stars Awarded?

Silver Star:
Gold Star :
Platinum Star:
  1. Identify waste streams
  2. Establish a system to properly manage waste
  3. Set a waste reduction goal
  4. Receive:
  • A Certificate of Recognition
  • A window decal showing your OK Star rating
  • The OK Star camera-ready logo to use in marketing efforts

Show that the facility has taken comprehensive action to reduce waste in all aspects of business by changing practices, processes, or products, and that the facility recycles solid waste and receive all of the above , plus:

  • Be highlighted in advertisements in local print media
  • Be highlighted in local radio advertisements


Show that the facility is a leader in preventing waste (by becoming a mentor and spokesperson for the program) and receive all of the above , plus:

  • Special recognition in local media advertisements
  • Profiled in a success story distributed to the public
  • Be automatically nominated for the P2 Program's Environmental Achievement Awards
  • Be featured in special promotions and displays

What are the Benefits?


What is Pollution Prevention [P2]?

Pollution prevention . . .

  • Means not creating a waste in the first place
  • Is achieved by the efficient use of resources, including raw materials, energy, water and even time and distance.

Efficient use of materials includes the amount of the material used, the type of material used, and how or even why the material is used or handled in the process. The goal is to produce a product or deliver a service as efficiently as possible, with the least amount of wasted materials, and with the least impact on worker health and safety and the environment.


In the language of business and manufacturing pollution prevention means:

  • loss prevention
  • waste reduction
  • improved efficiency
  • materials conservation
  • water conservation
  • energy efficiency
  • inventory control
  • formulation efficiency
  • inventory waste
  • quality improvement
  • zero emissions
  • green chemistry
  • energy conservation
  • renewable energy use
  • hazard reduction
  • manufacturing efficiency
  • just-in-time manufacturing
  • scrap reduction
  • good housekeeping
  • world class manufacturing
  • batch maximization (or reduction optimization)
  • continuous improvement
  • zero defects
  • quality maximization


The bottom line is that pollution prevention or improved efficiency in labor, materials, and energy use can help businesses save money and help protect the environment at the same time.


Pollution Prevention...the smart thing to do!

Public concern about the environment is higher than ever before

  • Customers are starting to look beyond green products to find green companies.
  • Research shows that a company's environmental reputation will rival quality and brand name as a criterion used by consumers.
  • By promoting your company's environmental practices, you can attract new customers, reinforce repeat customers, and boost employee morale.

The progression is clear - moving from awareness to project implementation to a strong, ongoing system to assure measured continuous environmental improvement.


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