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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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An Environmental Management System Review of the National Park Service [PDF]
Abstract: This document presents an evaluation of the National Park Service's own EMS according to the compliance-oriented guidelines of the Code of Environmental Management Principles (CEMP).
An Environmental Management System Troubleshooter's Guide for Local Governments [PDF]
Abstract: A key manual for cities and counties new to the EMS process. It outlines the benefits of an EMS, what it will cost, how much time it will take, and what is essential to success, with comments from experienced local officials.
Benchmarking Report - Environmental Management Systems
Abstract: In 2001, the City of Seattle commissioned a study of the EMSs of 23 municipal entities. The resulting, highly-useful report addresses the drivers, barriers, stages of development and benefits of an EMS in those government entities.
Brookhaven National Laboratory Environmental Management System
Abstract: This is the website for Brookhaven National Laboratory's EMS information, with many documents, including its EMS manual, audit data and other related items of interest.
California EPA Environmental Management Systems Project
Abstract: Profiles the progress of California's EMS pilot project in private industry and government operations, with information on legislation, events, working groups, publications and web resources.
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - Environmental Management System
Abstract: This website profiles the scope and achievements of the department's EMS, as well as information on its additional sustainable development initiatives.
Charleston Water System’s Environmental Policy Statement
Abstract: Charleston Water System has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage the impacts of our operations on the environment.
Source: Charleston Water System
City of Gastonia Wastewater Treatment Division - EMS Development and Implementation [PDF]
Abstract: A presentation detailing the steps involved in implementing an EMS at this ISO 14001-certified POTW in North Carolina.
City of Gastonia Wastewater Treatment Division - ISO 14001 EMS Manual [PDF]
Abstract: A complete EMS manual for this ISO 14001-certified wastewater treatment facility in North Carolina, covering all requirements of planning involved in the standard.
City of Scottsdale Environmental Management System
Abstract: This guide is a summary of environmental laws, regulations and rules that impact municipal facilities and operations, and/or staff activities. The guide is one of the tools developed as part of the comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) for the City of Scottsdale organization.
Source: City of Scottsdale
College and University Environmental Management System Implementation Guide [PDF]
Abstract: A complete EMS guide for post-secondary institutions, with 4 step-by-step modules, sample materials from various universities, checklists, links and a glossary.
College and University Environmental Management System Self-Assessment Checklist
Abstract: This numerically-scaled checklist is for college and university officials to determine how closely existing management practices and procedures correspond to the elements of an EMS. Higher scores mean greater correspondence.
Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development - Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Abstract: This agency promotes and measures the achievement of sustainable development in all Canadian federal operations. This includes overseeing both EMS planning and the formulation of policies with sustainable impacts on the environment.
Construction Engineering Research Laboratory Website
Abstract: This site provides a way for you to review 458 products and 14 research facilities, and download 4543 publications to help you find answers to your questions.
Source: US Army Corp of Engineers
Drivers, Designs and Consequences of Environmental Management Systems [PDF]
Abstract: This report assembles research, practice and case study reports based on information from the National Database on Environmental Management Systems as of 2001. Case studies include "Beta Municipality".
EMS Primer for Federal Facilities
Abstract: A quick information guide to EMS for US federal government agencies, with definitions, resources for assistance, and a 2002-updated White House policy statement on Executive Order 13148.
EMS Profile: Benzene Reduction Action Team, Wisconsin [PDF]
Abstract: Representatives from the WDNR and WCMA came together in July 2000 forming a virtual company, the benzene reduction action team (BRAT Co) to develop processes and means to manage benzene emissions.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
EMS Profile: City of Berkeley Solid Waste Management Division Department of Public Works [PDF]
Abstract: The City of Berkeley chose the Solid Waste Management Division as a whole to implement the EMS. The criteria we chose are: worker health & safety, regulatory compliance, natural resource impact, probable negative environmental impact, public perception (how the public views us), and cost to implement changes.
Source: City of Berkeley Solid Waste Management Division Department of Public Works
EMS Profile: City of Detroit, Michigan [PDF]
Abstract: The City of Detroit chose the Recreation Department (DRD) and the Public Lighting Department (PLD) as fencelines or starting points for developing an EMS.
Source: City of Detroit Department of Environmental Affairs
EMS Profile: City of Eugene Wastewater Division, Eugene, Oregon [PDF]
Abstract: The development and implementation of the environmental management system was for activities conducted by the Wastewater Division within the Eugene Public Works Department.
Source: City of Eugene Wastewater Division
EMS Profile: City of San Diego, California [PDF]
Abstract: The City of San Diego has realized a number of benefits resulting from the adoption of an EMS into their Refuse Disposal Division.
Source: City of San Diego Environmental Services Department
EMS Profile: King County Solid Waste Division, King County, Washington [PDF]
Abstract: The Division viewed an EMS as a tool that would provide a competitive advantage over the private sector. We also saw the opportunity for regulatory benefits and improved facility compliance with environmental regulations.
Source: King County Solid Waste Division
EMS Profile: Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District [PDF]
Abstract: The EMS pilot project fenceline also includes district-wide purchasing of fleet vehicles, bulk chemicals, toxic chemicals and certain pumps and motors.
Source: Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District
EMS Profile: Port of Houston Authority [PDF]
Abstract: With implementation of the EMS, the Port of Houston Authority has realized many benefits.
Source: Port of Houston Authority
EMS Profile: Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District, Portland, Oregon [PDF]
Abstract: Tri-Met identified several critical factors that led to the decision to design and adopt an EMS within their 8 maintenance facilities.
Environmental Management Manual [PDF]
Abstract: Environmental management reference manual.
Source: Fort Lewis, Washington - Department of Public Works
Environmental Management Reviews at Federal Facilities
Abstract: Essential facts about the EPA program in which federal agencies may submit to formal reviews of their environmental management systems.
Environmental Management Systems - Government of Canada
Abstract: This site explains the the EMS mandate affecting all Government of Canada departments and agencies, providing successes stories, facts, programs, tools, links, and other useful EMS information for government officials.
Environmental Management Systems - Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Abstract: Highlights the provisions of Maine's EMS Incentive Law, as well as providing basic information on environmental management systems.
Environmental Management Systems - North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
Abstract: Contains ISO 14000 information, tools, case studies, sector-specific information, pilot program data, presentations, links and other resources related to environmental management systems in both private industry and the public sector.
Environmental Management Systems - OFEE
Abstract: The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive works closely the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, and other agencies to develop resources and training for agencies to be able to adopt and implement this management tool.
Source: Office of the Federal Environmental Executive
Environmental Management Systems - US EPA
Abstract: EPA's very large website on EMSs, with overviews, policies, documents, links, support and project information relevant primarily to the implementation of ISO 14001 within government bodies as well as private organizations.
Environmental Management Systems - Wisconsin DNR
Abstract: Wisconsin’s Green Tier program places great value on Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Tier 1 participants must have an ISO-14001 certified or a functionally equivalent Environmental Management System (EMS) in place within the first year of participation. Tier 2 participants must have a well-developed EMS (ISO certified or functionally equivalent) at the time of application with a documented history of results.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
EPA's Environmental Science Center (ESC)
Abstract: The EPA's Environmental Science Center (ESC) at Ft. Meade, Maryland is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility occupied by employees who care deeply about the environment. To help ensure that the ESC is a good neighbor in the Ft. Meade community, we have implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) that conforms to ISO 14001:2004, the international standard for EMS.
European Sustainable Cities and Towns Campaign
Abstract: A network to foster the implementation of Local Agenda 21. The website provides a clearinghouse for information from cities throughout Europe about their sustainability programs and Local Agenda 21 implementation.
Executive Order 13148 - Second Annual Report: US Department of Energy
Abstract: Second report on US DOE's progress toward implementation of EMSs within the agency, 2002. Report includes planning measures, selected impacts and activities, awards, and relevant memoranda.
Executive Order 13148 of April 21, 2000-Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management
Abstract: Federal agencies are required by Executive Order 13148 to implement an EMS at appropriate agencies. On Jan. 27, 2004, a memo was sent to federal agencies regarding the EMS Self-Declaration Protocol. The Interagency Environmental Management Workgroup developed the protocol as guidance to implementing the Executive Order. The protocol establishes a framework that agencies must use to self-declare compliance with the EMS requirements of the order. Agencies must implement the protocol by Dec. 31, 2004.
Federal Network for Sustainability
Abstract: The Federal Network for Sustainability is a voluntary, collaborative network of Federal agencies in the Western United States focused on fostering and furthering the concept of sustainability within the government through our individual programs and group initiatives.
Source: Federal Network for Sustainability
Implementation Guide for the Code of Environmental Management Principles for Federal Agencies (CEMP) [PDF]
Abstract: Document descriping the Code of Environmental Management Principles (CEMP) program. Includes the five principals and where to get additional information.
Implementing ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems at the Municipal Level [PDF]
Abstract: Nine municipal organizations have been participating for the last 19 months in an EPA-sponsored pilot project designed to assist small to medium sized public-sector agencies in developing and implementing an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS).
ISO 14000 Standards and China - A Trade and Sustainable Development Perspective [PDF]
Abstract: This conference document from 1996 provides an excellent discussion of ISO 14001's development, the contents of the standards, and its impact on Chinese and Asian trade.
Abstract: Well organized introductory information on the ISO standards with publications, training and resources. Includes very clear reports on Japanese and world ISO certification totals as of 2002.
Local Government Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policies
Abstract: Contains examples of environmentally preferable purchasing policies at all levels of government.
Source: Government Purchasing Project
Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Management Systems
Abstract: A major consortium bringing together governmental and non-governmental organizations to promote research and training for the purpose of understanding and furthering the implementation of environmental management systems.
National Biosolids Partnership - EMS Guidance
Abstract: This webpage contains a series of technical guidance manuals on EMS implementation for biosolids producers, indicating a strong shift toward the introduction of EMSs in wastewater treatment facilities in the US.
National Conference on Transportation and Environment for the 21st Century - Proceedings
Abstract: Proceedings of a 2000 conference held in Pittsburgh, PA, with many informative papers, including descriptions of EMSs for Ohio DOT(p. 30), NYC Transit (p. 41), and Pittsburgh Int'l Airport (p. 45).
North Carolina’s EMS Development Course for Government Agencies [PDF]
Abstract: From July 2001 - June 2002, the N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance offered a free development course on environmental management systems (EMS) for government agencies, based on the ISO 14001 model. This fact sheet describes course goals, how the course was conducted, and lessons learned.
Source: North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
The City of San Diego Refuse Disposal Division's EMS Website
Abstract: Gateway to all information, documents and training materials which portray the way in which this municipal division has embraced a certified environmental management system in all its aspects.
The Scottish Office - Greening Government: Everyone Can Contribute
Abstract: The Scottish Office of the United Kingdom provides here a guide to its complete plan for the greening of operations as of 1998, including the implemention of ISO 14001.
The United Kingdom Sustainable Development in Government Website
Abstract: This website provides information on the policies, operations and activities within UK government departments relating to sustainable development and environmental management system implementation.
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality EMS Manual [PDF]
Abstract: This manual contains the core elements of the department's ISO 14001-based EMS and directions to related documentation.
Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP)
Abstract: VEEP was established to encourage superior environmental performance through the development and implementation of environmental management systems and pollution prevention efforts.
Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Voluntary EMS/ISO 14001
Abstract: In December 2000, the U.S. EPA, in cooperation with NSF International, completed a revised version of this guide entitled "Environmental Management Systems: An Implementation Guide for Small and Medium Sized Organizations". This revision replaces the original Guide, published in 1996. Like its predecessor, the revised Guide is intended to offer a plain English, common sense guide to organizations interested in implementing an EMS, using the basic Plan-Do-Check-Act model.
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Hub Last Updated: 7/9/2009