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This page contains documents formerly posted on FedCenter's EMS Program Area that are now considered no longer current, but may still be of use to federal agencies.

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Senior management briefing developed by OFEE.
This guide provides practitioners with a tool to improve NEPA implementation and achieve the environmental sustainability goals laid out in NEPA and Executive Order 13423. The guide provides examples of how NEPA and EMS together can help federal agencies more effectively manage their environmental responsibilities. For example, identifying environmental aspects in the development of an EMS can build on aspects identified in previous NEPA analyses. Conversely, a new NEPA analysis can consider the identified environmental aspects in an EMS when assessing potential environmental impacts of a proposed future action.
This is derived from a list of facilities, activities, tasks, aspects and impacts developed for the Department of the Army. The Army-specific facilities have been deleted (i.e. bombing ranges) and the language modified to reflect more common-use terms (i.e. “vehicle maintenance” instead of “Auto Hobby Shop”). This is not a comprehensive list, instead, it is a starting point. The Facility Types in this list include, but are not limited to: Automotive Service Station; Cafeteria; Car Wash; Dental Clinic; Domestic Wastewater Treatment Facility; Fossil-Fuel Electric Generating Plant; Fuel Dispensing; Hazardous Waste Storage Area; Historic Sites; Housing; Individual Sewage Systems; Medical Centers and Hospitals; Oil/Water Separators and Grit Traps; Pesticide Storage Area; Remediation Site; Tank Truck Load/Unload Facility; Underground Storage Tank System (UST); Universal waste storage area, Vehicle Maintenance; and Wetlands.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers EMS policy issued 19 May 2003.
Issued by the Office of the Secretary, this is the USDA's EMS policy dated 29 June 2004.
On this site you can find DOC EMS policies, memoranda, procedures, forms, etc... This site also serves as a means of communicating and promoting EMS programs and initiatives within the DOC.
This DOD Instruction 4715.17, issued 15 April 2009, establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for achieving conformance with Environmental Management Systems (EMS).
Issued on Earth Day 2003, this is DOE's EMS policy.
The DHHS version of the Army’s EMS Manager’s Guide.
This DHS memorandum, issued October 18, 2008, along with the DHS Directive for Sustainable Practices (issued in September) provides the backbone for the DHS EMS and other Executive Order 13423 sustainable programs (Green Purchasing, Electronic Stewardship, Sustainable Buildings, etc).
Issued by the Secretary of Interior, 26 August 2003, this is DOI's EMS policy.
This Department of Interior Environmental Compliance Memorandum No. ECM08-2, dated December 18, 2008, entitled "Interpretive Guidance on the Department's Environmental Management Systems Policy (515 DM 4)", provides guidance and information to departmental bureaus and office on EMS implementation.
This document contains a memorandum dated 5 September 2008 mandating that in order to "improve our overall environmental compliance and performance .......departmental bureaus and office implement EMS at appropriate organizational levels." The Departmental Manual 515 DM 4 provides guidance on implementing EMS as a means to promote environmental compliance and sound environmental stewardship.
This Department Manual release, 515 DM 4, issued August 13, 2008, updates Departmental policy, responsibilities, and functions on environmental management systems to be conducted on Departmental lands, facilities, operations, and services.
This document, dated 3 February 2009, establishes the environmental policy goals of the DOJ by affirming a commitment to environmental stewardship principles and the development of an EMS.
U.S. Air Force EMS policy issued by Secretary of the Air Force, 5 January 2001.
Issued 12 October 2010, this memorandum updates the EMS and EPAS requirements set forth in AR 200-1.
Issued by the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, this EMS policy is dated 3 March 2004.
Issued by the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, this EMS Policy is dated 6 December.
This Directive, dated 1 July 2008, applies to all Bureaus, the Departmental Offices (DO), the Office of the Inspector General (IG), and the Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Bureaus located in space provided through the General Services Administration (GSA) will partner with GSA to ensure Treasury compliance with applicable environmental requirements.
Dept. of Interior's EMS awareness training presentation, dated August 2007.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (E-Pact) established new statutory requirements specifically designed to improve the environmental management of federal facility underground storage tanks (USTs). Executive Order 13423 Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management, requires that federal agencies implement environmental management systems (EMS) at all appropriate organizational levels. This EPA document provides guidance and examples of how efforts to address Underground Storage Tank regulatory requirements and implement best management practices for UST operations can work in concert with Environmental Management System implementation.
Introduction to EMS auditing concepts.
This EMS guide, developed in 2004 by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, was prepared for the manager(s) of any Federal site, facility, installation, office or organization where those individuals have authority to allocate resources and direct activities.
A MS Powerpoint presentation that was given to senior officials at the Department of Justice headquarters building in July, 2004.
This document, dated October 2004 describes what requirements must be followed if a facility/organization does not have an EMS.
An article by Edward A. Boling, Deputy General Counsel for the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), reprinted with permission from ELR News & Analysis, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C., focusing on the interplay of NEPA and EMS at federal facilities.
This guide is designed to help Federal managers who are considering adopting an environmental management system (EMS).
This guide is designed to explain environmental management system (EMS) concepts and to support and facilitate the development of EMS among small and medium-sized organizations.
The Executive Summary of a 2 volume in-depth study funded by the EPA Office of Water and Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation at EPA. This study, was designed to determine if EMSs do in fact improve environmental performance. Baseline information, information on EMS design, and information on changes in performance were collected from each facility over several years. This study was also supported by a number of states, through the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Management Systems. State managers played a critical role in ensuring data quality and worked closely with a number of facilities involved in the research.
Volumes 1 and 2 of an in-depth study funded by the EPA Office of Water and Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation at EPA. This study, was designed to determine if EMSs do in fact improve environmental performance. Baseline information, information on EMS design, and information on changes in performance were collected from each facility over several years. This study was also supported by a number of states, through the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Management Systems. State managers played a critical role in ensuring data quality and worked closely with a number of facilities involved in the research.
This guidance, issued by the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) will increase the use of EMSs in civil settlements and explains how they will be used to address the root causes of violations and the risks they pose to communities and ecosystems. In addition, EPA is working with the U.S. Department of Justice to seek EMSs in appropriate criminal plea agreements to achieve beneficial outcomes for the environment. EPA also has issued a memorandum, Expanding the Use of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs), to encourage and expand their use in enforcement settlements and in community involvement. The EMS guidance is an extension of EPA’s May 2002 Position Statement on EMSs, in which the agency committed to promote EMS use and emphasize the adoption of EMSs to achieve improved environmental performance and compliance and pollution prevention through source reduction.
USEPA's position statement on the use of EMSs to address an organization's environmental responsibilities -- signed by EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson, December 13, 2005.
This updated statement replaces the 2002 Position Statement on EMS signed by Administrator Whitman and reflects EPA's experiences to date with the promotion of voluntary EMSs as well as our continued commitment to be a leader in this area. The Position Statement explains EPA's policy on EMSs and the Agency's intent to continue to promote the voluntary wide-spread use of EMSs across a range of organizations and settings. EPA encourages organizations to implement EMSs that result in improved environmental performance and compliance, cost-savings, pollution prevention through source reduction, and continual improvement. (Federal Register: February 2, 2006 [Notices], Page 5664-5665).
The Implementing Instructions for Executive Order 13423 require agencies to commit to proactive communications with interested parties, ideally as part of their environmental management systems (EMSs). From 2003 to 2005, the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive led a team, consisting of Federal and state agencies, that created a cross-walk identifying available guidance documents regarding environmental communications. The intent of these documents is to assist organizations in developing proactive communications procedures and processes using the EMS Plan, Do, Check, Act model.
This memorandum, dated 28 December 2005, transmits recommended practices for providing EMS-related compliance assistance to Federal Facilities. The memorandum was issued to Regional Federal Facilities Senior Managers, Regional Enforcement Division Directors, Regional Media Division Directors, and Regional Enforcement Coordinators.
U.S. Forest Service Manual (FSM) 1300 Management, Chapters 1330 and 1331 are updated as of 3 March 2006. This document details the application of ISO 14001 in the Forest Service, including EMS documentation, self declaration protocols, disclosure, and independent second-party audits.
Help for determining where effort needs to be exerted to develop a robust EMS.
The Green Environmental Management Systems (GEMS) Program represents a systematic approach to environmental management, providing a framework to weave existing environmental programs into VHA's Environment of Care management processes, which enables the organization to achieve continual improvement in performance. Within the Environment of Care Program, the GEMS Guidebook will provide for environmental regulatory compliance and conformance with VHA policy and Executive Order 13148. This is a link to the Web-based version dated March 2004 with updates as of April 2005.
(EPA 742-R-05-001) The goal of this report is to help Federal facilities integrate green purchasing into their EMS. The intended audience includes those tasked with implementing an EMS, reducing environmental impacts, meeting green purchasing requirements and/or buying products and services in a Federal facility.
This document, dated 27 June 2008, establishes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) policy for compliance with environmental regulations, Executive Orders, EMS conformance, and for the management of the IRS Environmental Program.
The Chesapeake Bay Program is a partnership that includes State and Federal agencies, advocacy groups, and interested persons. EPA Region 3 has spearheaded the application of EMS principles as part of managing the Chesapeake Bay. This is the version 3 release.
Answers to common questions about ISO 14000.
This memorandum, issued by OMB, issue the changed and finalized scorecards for Environmental Stewardship, Transportation Management, and Energy Management.
Sample EMS costs tracking matrix.
NASA Procedural Requirement 855.3.1A describes NASA's Environmental Management System (EMS).
Powerpoint presentation detailing NASA's EMS program.
Issued on 22 July 2004, this is NIST's EMS policy.
This document outlines the recommended practices concerning EMS for EPA staff during federal facility inspections. In particular, EPA staff are encouraged to provide previously-prepared EMS information as a part of compliance assistance and facility education.
Generic version of the Army’s EMS Manager’s Guide.
A series of suggested questions that are to be a guide when interviewing potential registrars in preparation for ISO 14001 certification.
Issued by the Department of Energy (DOE), dated November 2009, this tool provides assistance for developing site environmental management systems (EMSs) to 1) implement sustainable practices for enhancing environmental, energy, and transportation performance, and 2) include the environmental, energy, and transportation objectives and measurable targets that contribute to achieving the Department of Energy's (DOE) sustainable environmental, energy, and transportation goals. This Tool was developed to complement sustainable practices training for DOE sites. The immediate user of this tool is likely to be the EMS coordinator at a facility.
The intended audience for this guide is Top managers, that is: managers of any site, office, site, or other organization who have authority to allocate resources and direct activities. This guide many also be valuable for any individual with responsibility for directing activities and allocating resources at their organization, or with other responsibility for employees or operations.
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Last Updated: July 18, 2016