MDEQ Recognizes 2016 enHance Members

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Thursday accepted three new members and eight renewal memberships into its enHance program for the 2016 class. The recognition was part of the annual workshop and awards luncheon held in Jackson.

enHance is a voluntary stewardship program begun in 2009 that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties, and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can choose from three tiers: Associate, Steward, or Leader. A pilot designation of Environmental Star for nonregulated facilities has launched in 2016.

“It is an honor to recognize these companies that are actively striving to reduce their wastes, reduce their environmental impacts, and improve the quality of life in their communities. Their vision and leadership is to be commended, as their efforts will result in both immediate and long-term benefits for the residents of our state,” said Gary Rikard, MDEQ Executive Director.
New members for 2016:


PACCAR (Columbus)


Keith Huber Corporation (Gulfport)

Environmental Star

Watkins and Eager PLLC (Jackson)

Renewing members for 2016:


Hol-Mac Corporation, Plants 1, 2, and 3 (Bay Springs)

Anel Corporation (Winona)


Haworth, Inc. (Bruce)

Southwire Company, LLC (Starkville)


Airbus Helicopters (Columbus)

Natchez Water Works

Details on the projects submitted by the members as part of the application process follow the first page of this release.

There are currently 38 members in the enHance program. Members include private companies, federal government facilities, and local governments. Membership is voluntary, and applications for membership may be submitted each year from July 1 through September 30.

More information about the program is available at

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