This Web site provides information and resources related to Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) for businesses, associations, the public, and state and federal agencies. An EMS is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency.
provides a description of the basics|
of an EMS and benefits to businesses and links
to additional information on EMSs.
Why Develop EMSs? summarizes the business
and environmental benefits that can result from
Agency EMS Policies describes how the Agency
supports and promotes the development and use
Getting Assistance lists various publications and
EMSs for Federal Agencies summarizes the
Executive Order stipulating federal agency
requirements regarding EMSs.
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Multi-year Study Concludes That EMSs Do Help Improve Environmental Performance
For the past 5 years, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, through funding provided by the Office of Water and Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation at EPA, has conducted an in-depth study of a number of facilities that have adopted formal environmental management systems (EMS).
National Directory of EMS Technical Assistance Providers
The National Directory of EMS Technical Assistance Providers lists directory will provide contact information, by state, for nonprofit EMS TAPS.
ISO 14001 Registration at EPA's Environmental Science Center
EPA's Environmental Science Center (Region 3 and OPPTS) implements an EMS and becomes the first non-industrial federal agency facility to be registered to ISO 14001.
EPA's Office of Water is leading various EMS initiatives. The Office of Water Initiatives page provides a short description of each.
Administration Supports Increase in the Number of Federal Facilities Using EMSs
On April 1, 2002, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chairman James L. Connaughton and Office of Budget and Management (OMB) Director Mitchell Daniels sent a memorandum to the heads of all federal agencies emphasizing the importance of developing environmental management systems (EMSs).
- Brochure on EMS: Your Business Advantage (PDF 429K)
This brochure describes the benefits of developing an EMS including cost-savings, increased competitiveness, enhancement of your public image, and better management of
offers recognition to
facilities with an EMS
Agency EMS Policies
New EPA's Own
Guide for Small and