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Policy on Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

Organization(s) New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Project Description The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has developed a Commissioner Policy that will incorporate Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and other environmental performance improvement tools into NYS DEC programs. This policy identifies EMS and other environmental performance improvement tools as effective ways to improve the rates of compliance within the regulated community and to diminish the environmental impact resulting from both regulated and non-regulated activities. The policy authorizes the development of programs to: 1) develop and implement an Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) to encourage the development of EMSs; 2) develop and use environmental performance improvement tools in the Department's enforcement program; and 3) pilot the use of EMSs in NYS DEC operations. In addition to the elements found in EMS models, such as ISO 14001, the Draft Commissioner's Policy requires Department programs to promote EMSs that consider the following: views of stakeholders; measurable performance; credibility; and public disclosure and communication.

The policy was informed by past NYS DEC efforts to engage multiple stakeholders in the pursuit of solutions to New York's most pressing environmental problems. Specifically, the NYS DEC's Comparative Risk Project and the Department-sponsored Dialogue on Tools to Improve Environmental Performance were instrumental in shaping the Commissioner's Policy and in recognizing the need for tiered approaches for a more strategic environmental management framework. These multi-stakeholder efforts endorsed greater use of EMSs and other innovative environmental performance tools as a means to mitigate risks to New York's environment.

More Info www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/ems/index.html
Project Contact
Name John Vana
Phone 518-402-9490
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 3, Fall 2003


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