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Massachusetts Environmental Stewardship Program

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs launched the Environmental Stewardship Program, an innovative approach for encouraging environmental improvement through pollution prevention and resource conservation, in the summer of 2002. The purpose of the Program is to encourage Massachusetts manufacturers and other regulated entities to become superior environmental performers by going beyond the requirements of environmental regulation as they strive toward sustainability. Program participants will continuously reduce their impact on the environment by pursuing aggressive environmental performance goals. The program will offer participants a suite of benefits to reward their efforts, including public recognition, regulatory flexibility, and financial rewards. Participants will track and manage their performance improvement through the use of formal environmental management systems (EMS) and report on their performance to the public and regulators. The program is voluntary and there is no application fee. Initially, the Environmental Stewardship Program will offer one level, or tier, for participants, known as the Leaders tier. In the future the program will also offer an entry level, known as the Partners tier, and a higher level, known as the Champions tier. Only participants in the Leaders tier will be eligible for the Champions tier. The Environmental Stewardship Program builds on the continuous improvement successes embodied in the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) Program, a program that has sought to reduce the use of toxic chemicals and the generation of hazardous wastes within Massachusetts industries through annual reporting, bi-annual planning, and state-sponsored technical assistance. For more information contact: David Lutes, MA EOEA (617) 626-1049.

More Info www.state.ma.us/ota/SUPPORT/MESP.htm
Project Contact
Name David Lutes
Phone 617-626-1049
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 2, Summer 2002 [PDF]


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