EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
Greening the EPA - Environmental stewardship is one of Region 6's core values. We are committed to reducing environmental impacts and the consumption of natural resources at our facilities and in our daily operations. For this reason, we have implemented our own Environmental Management System (EMS) to help us minimize our internal eco-footprint. Our EMS includes finding ways to reduce energy consumption, and promoting daily actions that everyone in our organization can take to be green. Our EMS plan is also part of our corporate value to foster environmental stewardship.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an EMS?
An EMS is a continuous approach to evaluate the plans and daily operations of a business or organization that impact the environment, then planning and taking action to reduce those impacts. An EMS provides a framework to manage and reduce effects on the environment.
Who is responsible for an EMS?
An EMS is about the environmental stewardship of an entire organization. With an EMS, the environmental impacts of a facility are the responsibility of all employees and managers.
- Reduces environmental impacts;
- Helps maintain conformance and compliance; decreases liability;
- Reduces operating costs; and,
- Empowers individual employees to make environmentally-friendly decisions in day-to-day activities.
How is Region 6 using EMS to be better stewards of the environment?
Our regional EMS policy establishes specific goals to minimize our daily impacts on the environment.
To carry out these goals, we developed Environmental Management Programs/Plans (EMPs) for specific areas such as:
- Electricity Use
- Green Purchasing
- Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Use
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Electronic Stewardship
- Green Conferences and Meetings
To help us implement our EMPs we provide the following tools for our staff:
- Energy efficient computers;
- Electronic document conversion tools to minimize printing;
- Double-sided copiers and printers;
- 100% recycled content paper;
- Paper, plastic, aluminum, and battery recycling stations;
- Mass transit passes for EPA staff; and,
- Alternative work schedules to reduce commuting.
- Inform and train employees about ways they can reduce their daily environmental impacts while working at the office.
- Maintain our vehicle fleet to maximize fuel efficiency and replace old standard vehicles with hybrid or alternative-fuel types.
- Promote mass transit and car-pooling: The Region provides DART mass transit passes to over 400 EPA employees.
- Alternative work schedules are offered, as well as the ability to telecommute to reduce driving: Over 95 percent of employees have a telework/flexiplace agreement.
- Motion sensors are installed in offices and conference rooms to reduce electricity use.
- 100 percent of our power comes from renewable sources.
- The Regional Office data center has energy efficient, cool-running rack mounted servers.
- End-of-day power down policy: request all staff to turn off electronic equipment and cubicle lights at the end of each work day.
- Recycle: several tons of paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, batteries, toner cartridges, and other eWaste are recycled each year.
- Video conferencing equipment is provided as an alternative to traveling to off-site meetings.
- Visit EPA’s national EMS web site for additional information and resources.
- To find out more about EMS activities at our Region 6 Dallas office, contact Julia M. Alderete at (214) 665-7321 or send us a message.