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EMS at the Houston Laboratory

What is a EMS?

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to increase its operating efficiency while at the same time reduce the environmental impact of its business practices on the environment.

This Web site provides information and resources related to EMS development at the US Environmental Protection Agency's Region 6 Environmental Services Branch (ESB) Laboratory in Houston , Texas.

On April 21, 2000, Executive Order 13148, Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management,directed all federal agencies to develop and implement an EMS at all "appropriate " facilities based on faculty size, complexity, and nature of environmental activities.

Part 1 - The Preamble, states "Section 101. Federal Environmental Leadership. The head of each Federal agency is responsible for ensuring that all necessary actions are taken to integrate environmental accountability into agency day-to-day decision making and long-term planning processes, across all agency missions, activities, and functions. Consequently, environmental management considerations must be a fundamental and integral component of Federal Government policies, operations, planning, and management. The head of each Federal agency is responsible for meeting the goals and requirements of this order."

For more information on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) activities at the EPA and EPA Facilities, please visit EPA's EMS web site.


Establishing the EMS Management Review Process for the Houston Laboratory

Summary of the Development of Our Environmental Management System (EMS).  In order to manage our facility in a manner that protects the environment, the safety of our employees, and public health, EPA has committed to producing and implementing an EMS for our Office/Facility/Laboratory/Field Operations in the building located at 10625 Fallstone Road, Houston, Texas, 77099.

We decided to to follow the EPA 's EMS Plan, Do, Check, Act Model

EMS Development Model

Plan , Do, Check , Act EMS Implementation System

Phase One - Plan

Identify how your organization's operations might harm the environment and develop methods to reduce the harm.

Phase Two - Do

The organization implements the methods to reduce the environmental harm while insuring environmental compliance and operates them for a specified time period.

Phase Three - Check

The organization assesses the effectiveness of the implemented methods to reduce environmental harm.

Phase Four - Act

Based on the performance assessment of the implemented methods to reduce the environmental harm while ensuring environmental compliance, the organization determines what changes or adjustments are needed. This new assessment information is then fed back into Phase One - Plan. By repeating this cycle, the EMS system becomes better tuned and customized.


EMS Significant Environmental Objectives at the Houston Laboratory
  • Energy Conservation , Reduce electricity usage, Monitoring and Measuring Electric Usage.

  • Waste Management , Reduce waste generation, Monitoring and Measuring, Gasoline/Paper/Other Recyclable Waste .

  • Water Conservation , Reduce water usage, Monitoring and Measuring Water Usage.

  • Green Buying, Obtain "Green" supply sources, Monitoring and Measuring Green Purchases.

  • Chemical Management , Reduce chemical usage, Monitoring and Measuring Chemical Usage.

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