Training and Resources
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Online EMS Training
This Web-based course provides an overview of EMS and how the program can support environmental improvements at facilities that are subject to environmental regulations. The course takes about one hour to complete.
Waste Management Related EMS Initiatives
In accordance with the Administrator's Position Statement, the Office of Solid Waste is encouraging widespread use of EMSs at Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) and generators, with emphasis on improved environmental performance and compliance, pollution prevention, and continuous environmental improvement.
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Publications from EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA)
List of EMS documents which focus on environmental management practices rather than the activities themselves. EMS documents describe the structure by which certain activities can be carried out.
National EMS PEER Center
PEER stands for Public Entity EMS Resource Center and provides a broad array of information and tools to help public entities sustainably manage their organizations using a proven Plan-Do-Check-Act framework embodied in environmental management systems and similar approaches. The PEER Center is a collaboration between the US EPA Office of Water and the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF). In addition, a number of organizations around the country called PEER EMS Local Resource Centers (e.g. PEER Centers) are reaching out to local governments to help them adopt EMSs and other sustainable management approaches.
Federal agencies are directed by federal laws, regulations and executive orders to make purchasing decisions with the environment in mind. EPA created the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program in 1993 to help federal officials meet these requirements. Most recently, these requirements have included Executive Order 13514 - Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance (PDF) (15 pp, 88 K, About PDF), which orders federal agencies to use sustainable practices when buying products and services.
Executive Order 13148: Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management. April 21, 2000. This Order established goals and requirements for Federal agencies to improve environmental performance through management systems and an emphasis on pollution prevention.
Federal Publications Addressing EMS
Environmental Management Systems Summit - Summary of Proceedings April 2005 (PDF) (20 pp, 63K, About PDF).
To discuss how to jointly foster the continued use of quality Environmental Management Systems to bring about meaningful environmental improvements, over 40 high-level officials from industry, states, local governments, public interest groups, and EPA met in Washington, DC, on December 14, 2004. Conference attendees discussed real-world experiences implementing effective EMSs, opportunities and future directions in use of EMSs to achieve environmental leadership, and EPA's role in those efforts.
Memorandum - April 30, 2001: "Revised Environmental Review Policy and Guidance for Federal Facilities" (PDF) (16 pp, 803K)
Provides guidance to Federal Facilities in fulfilling Federal requirements for EMS and Environmental Management Reviews.
Generic Protocol for Conducting Environmental Audits of Federal Facilities Phase 3 (PDF) (136 pp, 73K). EPA-300-B-96-012. Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. December 1996.
This guide is designed to assist Federal environmental managers in performing EMS audits at Federal Facilities.
Implementation Guide for the Code of Environmental Management Principles for Federal Agencies (CEMP) (PDF) (102 pp, 10.8 MB). EPA-315-B-97-001. March 1997.
A guide to assist federal facility managers and staff in implementing the CEMP at the installation level. This document describes each of the CEMP principles and performance objectives and how the CEMP relates to environmental management systems and ties into other EPA programs.
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Handbook for Wastewater Utilities
This handbook was extensively reviewed by wastewater officials who have successfully implemented EMSs at their facilities and contains information on the costs and benefits of developing EMSs in a variety of wastewater operations.
Design for Environment (DFE) Guide: Integrated Environmental Management Systems (IEMS) Implementation Guide
This guide has been designed to help companies integrate environmental concerns into business decision making using the Design for Environment Program's Integrated Environmental Management System. The Design for the Environment Program involves voluntary partnerships with industry and other stakeholders to develop cleaner, safer alternatives to existing products and processes.
Identifying Objectives for Your Environmental Management System (EPA/744-F-97-009)
Describes the initial steps taken by a PWB manufacturer (HR Industries, Inc.) to develop an environmental management system (EMS), shows the similarity between the requirements for ISO 14001 and ISO 9000, and demonstrates how the ISO 9000 quality system may be used to begin building an ISO 14001 EMS.
Building an Environmental Management System: H-R Industries' Experience (EPA/744-F-97-010)
This publication describes the benefits of initiating an environmental management system (EMS), and describes the process by which a company can identify the environmental aspects of its operations and determine their significance, based on the experiences of HR Industries, Inc. (now McDonald Technologies), a PWB manufacturer.
Waste Information Resources EMS Success Stories
These stories demonstrate the potential of EMS as a way to achieve both individual facility and national RCC goals in the areas of municipal waste recycling, beneficial reuse, electronics recycling, and toxic chemical reduction.
Final Report: Environmental Mangements Systems Demonstration Project (PDF) (116pp, 283KB, About PDF). December 1996.
This final report on NSF International's EMS Demonstration Project conveys the experiences of 18 organizations as they attempted to implement the ISO 14001 Standard from March 1995 through June 1996.
Final Report: The U.S. EPA Environmental Management System Pilot Program for Local Government Entities (PDF) (136pp, 2.1MB, About PDF). January 2000.
This report explains the motivating factors that lead EPA and the participants to understand an EMS pilot project, how implementation activities were structured, issues that participants faced in developing EMSs and examples of their experiences in each phase.
Using Design for the Environment Concepts in Your EMS (Factsheet)
This document illustrates the benefits of implementing an EMS based on DfE concepts. It uses real-world examples from the Acushnet Rubber Company in Massachusetts.
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Sector Strategies, in association with numerous sector trade organizations and other stakeholders, has developed EMS Implementation Guides for several of the sectors in the Sector Strategies Program. These step-by-step guides describe a process for developing an EMS that is based on the ISO 14001 standard and reflect an emphasis on sustained compliance, pollution prevention, and information sharing with the community in which the facility is located.
- Agribusiness (Meat Processing)
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Iron and Steel
- Metal Casting:
- Shipbuilding and Ship Repair