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Municipal Environment Stewardship Program

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) Municipal Environmental Stewardship Program is well underway. This initiative provides towns and cities with new planning tools to ensure safer schools, proper management of public works facilities, and overall compliance with federal and state environmental laws. The first participants are eight municipalities and two regional organizations across Massachusetts.

In total, the 11 funded programs will share $155,000 in grants to help them develop and implement Environmental Management Systems (EMS), pay staff salaries in support of them, and measure environmental compliance both before and after their systems are in place.

A Kick-off Meeting for the Municipal Environmental Stewardship Program was held in July 2002 at the Natick Town Hall. The focus of the meeting was to lay the foundation for the project. The first workshop took place in September at the same location and included an overview of the elements of an EMS as well as initial key actions necessary to develop an EMS. To facilitate the development of their respective EMS projects, each grant participant was requested to hold a "Kick-off Meeting" to bring their municipal EMS team together, identify, and clarify their EMS "fence line," create an EMS policy statement, develop an EMS strategy, and select a "core team" of individuals responsible for the development of the EMS. The second Workshop took place in December 2002 and included extensive discussions on aspects and impacts as well as the core elements of an EMS. A third training workshop was scheduled for April 2003 and included a presentation on gap analysis and objectives and targets. By now, the EMS concept of "Plan, Do, Check, Act" is familiar to all.

 
Project Contact
Name Eric Fahle
Phone 617-292-5970
E-mail
 
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Activity Keywords Funding and grants
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 1, Spring 2003 [PDF]

 

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