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In order to change your method of operation on a long-term basis, you may want to create a plan that includes all aspects of greening your operations and one which is easy to understand and implement. An Environmental Management System (EMS) allows an organization to systematically manage its environmental and health safety matters. Most are built on the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" model. This model leads to continual improvement.

An EMS is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. An EMS helps an organization systematically manage its environmental "footprint" - the environmental impact associated with its activities, products, and services. An EMS not only helps an organization pay attention to its regulatory responsibilities, it also provides a means for addressing non-regulated environmental aspects such as energy efficiency and resource conservation. EMSs come in a variety of forms, and can be used in a variety of settings - in factories, small businesses, service industries, and government agencies. By reinforcing your existing operations with a comprehensive approach to environmental management, an EMS can help you streamline operations, create awareness that environmental protection is every employee’s job, and improve environmental performance. EMSs are also consistent with quality management principles. They build on organizational processes and features that have been put in place to help you meet business goals, such as: goal setting, work practices, employee training, records management, emergency preparedness, organizational structure, and continuous improvement. An EMS can represent a significant business advantage. See EPA’s Environmental Management Systems .

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