Commitment to Environmental Management Systems
Region 4 is committed to operating an effective Environmental Management System
(EMS) as part of an integrated framework for sustainable environmental stewardship. Our EMS
will comply with all applicable environmental and energy statutes, regulations, and executive
orders. The EMS is integrated with EPA's mission to protect human health and safeguard the
environment. This is accomplished through setting targets for environmental stewardship,
reducing or preventing pollution, preserving environmental resources and enforcing
environmental protection in conjunction with other governmental agencies.
The EMS establishes Region 4's commitment to continually improve our environmental
performance, and comply with Executive Order 13514, "Federal Leadership in Environmental,
Energy, and Economic Performance," and Executive Order 13423, "Strengthening Federal
Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management." Our commitment extends to
continual improvement, creating strategic objectives and targets, maximizing opportunities, and
measuring our environmental performance.
We are striving to become a leader in executing a model environmental EMS for EPA.
Region 4' s EMS is designed to meet the following goals:
- Ensure compliance by meeting or exceeding all applicable environmental laws,
regulations, policies and other requirements;
- Strive to continually improve environmental performance in terms of both regulated and
unregulated environmental impacts (e.g., energy and resource conservation);
- Provide for a safe and healthy work environment so that our employees are enabled to
participate in improving our environmental performance;
- Employ source reduction and other pollution prevention approaches whenever
- Apply an assessment of environmental impacts to the decision making of our purchases
- Promote employee awareness and involvement as a means of achieving high performance results and better understanding of the potential benefits of the EMS.
EMS Policy Statement [PDF, 1pp., 457K]