Chesapeake Bay-focused Environmental Management System Training
Emphasizing Stormwater and Water Quality
was held on
October 18-20, 2010
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) hosted a 3-day Chesapeake Bay-Focused Environmental Management System (EMS) training to help in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. The training provided an understanding of the problems faced by the Bay, new regulatory and executive requirements, and approaches to integrating the Chesapeake Bay priorities into an EMS. This training was for Federal employees and contractors serving in direct support roles to Federal agencies.
The first day included optional EMS Basic training using the Chesapeake Bay-focused EMS Manual. The following two days covered three areas: the state of the Bay, an update of new policies, and steps toward the restoration and protection of the Bay including leading change as an environmental manager. Topics included information about the state of the Bay, an update on Executive Order 13508, Section 502 Guidance, Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), and strategies to restore and protect the Bay. The training also included Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP), stormwater and facility management, and involving management/leadership in the implementation of your EMS.
- Provided participants the opportunity to discuss regional concerns, including topics such as stormwater regulations and guidelines, greenhouse gas emissions, contractor and tenant involvement, wetlands, and E.Os.
- Designed approaches to EMS elements reflecting local priorities, enhanced environmental performance goals, and opportunities for continual improvement.
- Presented tools and techniques to assist EMS teams in managing their EMS.
- Understanding of the EMS potential in focusing resources on high-priority local environmental issues, such as valuable watershed protection.
- There was no cost to attend this training; however, each participant was responsible for her/his travel and per diem expenses.
- Class size was limited to 60 participants which provided the best experience to participants.
José J. Jiménez
US EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
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