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EMS in Schools

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 1
Project Description EPA New England obtained funding in 2002 from various EPA offices (Office of Water, Office of Children’s Health, and the Office of Pollution Prevention) to test environmental management system (EMS) development in schools in pilot projects in MA and ME. On September 13, 2002, a kickoff meeting for the Massachusetts Schools EMS pilot project took place in Amherst, MA. MA DEP participated along with representatives from several towns. The meeting allowed participants to clarify expectations, sign all necessary contracts, and receive initial EMS training. The Assistance and Pollution Prevention office also partnered with the American Lung Association of Maine's Schools EMS project to promote the program in southern Maine.

Industrial Economics is now assisting EPA in the evaluation of the EMS pilot project. School systems that were funded by EPA to develop EMS (in the states of Maine and Massachusetts), and those which developed EMS without EPA involvement, are being surveyed in the near future in order to gain insight on what works best (or does not work) for schools implementing EMS. The Agency expects a final report from this effort in June 2004, setting forth suggestions on how EMS can fit into the school environment.

 
Project Contact
Name Joan Jouzaitis
Phone 617-918-1846
E-mail
 
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems, Risk Management
Industrial Sectors Educational Institutions
Activity Keywords Funding and grants, Research and development, Training/workshops
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 14 No. 1, Spring 2004

 

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