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An Environmental Management System or EMS is a framework that helps an organization achieve its environmental goals through consistent control of its operations.
The EPA Mid-Atlantic Region has been a leader in EPA for the development and implementation of EMS for our facilities and operations.
- The Environmental Science Center (ESC) in Fort Meade, Maryland piloted EMS at EPA and had the first third party certified EMS in the agency. The ESC helped create guidance, templates, documents and other materials ultimately used at 34 EPA facilities nationwide.
- Our Philadelphia office was the first EPA office to have a third party certified EMS. The Philadelphia office also developed an extensive website that provided an example of a complete EMS and EMS documents for our employees and the public.
Executive Order 13514 entitled, “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance” was signed by President Obama on October 5, 2009. It states that EMS will be the implementing mechanism for the pollution prevention and continuous improvement goals of the executive order.
The EPA Mid-Atlantic Region developed a Multi-Site Environmental Management System to continue our EMS leadership by:
- Combining our two existing EMSs at the Environmental Science Center and Philadelphia office
- Including our Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis, Maryland and Wheeling, West Virginia offices in the mult-site EMS
- Ensuring a coordinated effort in contributing to EPA Agencywide sustainability goals, and
- Decreasing duplication of documentation and reducing implementation resources.