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Narragansett Bay Commission EMS Workshops

Organization(s) Narragansett Bay Commission
Project Description The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) sponsored a series of Environmental Management System (EMS) Workshops for the local industrial community. Each workshop focused on a distinct and fundamental aspect of developing and implementing an EMS by a small business. NBC worked with each workshop attendee over Winter 2001 and Spring 2002 months to assist with the actual development of each EMS. It was expected that each participating company/organization saw marked improvements in their environmental programs and performance through their EMS.

The workshop series and follow-up technical assistance was offered free-of-charge to participating companies and was partially funded through grant funds received through EPA's PPIS Program. As work progressed on this project NBC planned on implementing an EMS for its own operations and facilities.

On May 15, 2003, the NBC hosted a free, one-day workshop entitled "Introduction to Implementation of Environmental Management Systems." Metal finishers, hospitals, and others within the NBC district were invited. Publicly Owned Treatment Works from around Rhode Island were also invited. A total of 24 people attended the workshop.

The workshop was funded by the Global Environment & Technology Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the EPA. The trainers are well-know consultants from Tetra Tech EMI that is based in California. The basic information that they covered was practical and useful. Engaging exercises were used to help the audience identify their environmental aspects and impacts and prepare an environmental policy statement.

Some in the audience expressed an interest in learning more about how to fully implement an EMS. Tetra Tech has promised to come back to Rhode Island again to give this type of in-depth training if enough people are willing to commit the time and money that would be required to hold such a workshop series.

 
Project Contact
Name Jim McCaughey
Phone 401-222-6680 x352
E-mail
 
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals, Metal Finishing and Electroplating
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 2, Summer 2003 [PDF]

 

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