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EMS in Enforcement & Compliance Strategies

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 1
Project Description EPA Region 1-New England is making widespread use of integrated strategies that combine both assistance and enforcement to motivate organizations and provide them with the tools to achieve sustained compliance. The Regional Office has successfully included EMSs in several integrated enforcement and assistance strategies for sectors with particularly complex issues - one such example being the Colleges and Universities Initiative.

After inspections showed widespread compliance problems at campuses across New England, the Regional Office launched a program that included compliance assistance and continued inspections. The compliance awareness and education activities included two new programs. First, the Region launched an Audit Policy Initiative designed to promote further improvement in compliance, which meshes well with the EMS emphasis on self-examination. There are 176 college and university facilities across the region participating in this effort so far. Second, the Region has developed an EMS Guide to provide colleges and universities with assistance to better manage their overall environmental responsibilities in a streamlined, cost-effective manner. The Guide includes environmental aspect worksheets, compliance calendars, compliance checklists, and compliance management and record keeping forms.

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of New England, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology are piloting the EMS Guide to test its effectiveness and provide feedback to EPA. The Region hopes to recruit six to eight other colleges and universities to pilot the EMS Guide later in 2003.

EPA Region 1-NE is gradually introducing EMS concepts to a variety of other sectors with whom they have previously worked on compliance and P2 issues, including healthcare facilities, marinas, metal finishers, and secondary schools.

The EMS Initiative for Local Government Entities launched a 2003-4 effort, in which 9 county and city governments will develop and implement an EMS over a 2 year period; 23 public agencies have implemented EMSs under this program over the last 4 years. In a separate project, EPA Region 1-New England is working with the town of Waltham. The Region conducted EMS awareness training for the Waltham Environmental Committee throughout March and April of 2003.

More Info www.epa.gov/performancetrack
Project Contact
Name Martha Curran or Jean Holbrook
Phone 617-918-1802 or 617-918-1816
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 1, Spring 2003 [PDF]


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