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Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Project Description EPA Region II arranged seminar presentations and workshops for 13 colleges and universities covering the University and College Environmental Compliance Initiative. Each presentation stressed the importance of Compliance-focused EMSs in achieving and maintaining environmental compliance. Carl Plossl, the Team Leader for this initiative, designed and developed the regional College and University website, providing a combination of basic environmental compliance information and advice on complying with environmental regulations to minimize the impact of enforcement. The web site stresses the importance of instituting an environmental management system (EMS) and provides a link to the Design for the Environment Program EMS website www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/tools/ems/ems.html. Additionally, Region II's site provides all information that has been sent to college administrators and presented at Regional seminars for colleges and universities to ensure that the information is readily available on an as needed basis to all people involved in an institution's environmental program. While the website provides information on activities undertaken by the Region, as well as appropriate EPA contacts, the site's primary goal is to provide as much practical and focused information as possible and to serve as a starting point for college and university environmental staff who are seeking to begin or enhance their facility's environmental compliance program. Marcia Seidner is the new regional coordinator for EPA's Performance Track Program – a national program designed to recognize and encourage top environmental performers: those companies, universities, hospitals and other facilities who go beyond compliance with regulatory requirements to attain levels of environmental performance and management that benefit people, communities, and the environment. EMS and commitments to source reduction are core requirements of the program. The application process for the Achievement Track (one of the two Performance Track programs) is designed to minimize the burden for applicants while providing sufficient information for EPA and States to evaluate whether a facility meets the program criteria.

On May 31, 2001, Pamela Bridgen of Environmental International provided a general awareness training on EMSs to approximately 35 EPA Region 2 staff and 30-35 environmental health and safety officials from NYC and NYS colleges, state environmental agencies, and healthcare institutions. The Region's federal facility coordinators gave a brief presentation on their work related to promoting EMSs at hospitals, colleges and federal facilities in Region 2. This training was funded by EPA-Headquarters.

More Info www.epa.gov/performancetrack
Project Contact
Name Marcia Seidner
Phone 212-6373584
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 11 No. 2, Summer 2001


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