Environmental Management Systems
P²AD is looking beyond traditional pollution prevention methods to provide technical assistance to our clients. An Environmental Management System (EMS) can sustain resource conservation and waste reduction efforts over time and integrate pollution prevention throughout an organization. Using the Plan-Do-Check-Act model, an EMS leads to continual improvement in environmental performance.
There are many reasons to implement an EMS including:
- Increased efficiency
- Reduced costs
- Improved compliance
- Improved image with the public and regulators
- Greater environmental awareness throughout an organization
- Better communication internally and outside of the organization
- Improved environmental performance
P²AD and its university partners, the Georgia Tech Economic Development Institute and the University of Georgia’s Engineering Outreach Service, can help you with your EMS planning and implementation efforts. Whether your organization is in the early stages of planning, or already has an EMS in place, P²AD can help you integrate pollution prevention within your EMS.
EMS-related services include:
- Team facilitation
- Development of environmental management programs
- Planning and implementation training
- Recognition for EMS efforts
These EMS services are available to manufacturers, government agencies, and other institutions in Georgia. For more information on these services, please contact P²AD at 404-651-5120.
From the Source newsletter article on P²AD’s revamped recognition program (PDF, 377KB). This new program is aligned with ISO 14001, EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track, and other EMS-based programs.
From the Source newsletter article on Georgia Department of Corrections’ EMS (PDF, 566KB)
Metal Finishing EMS Mentoring Workshop Presentations
U.S. EPA’s EMS Website EPA supports and promotes the development and use of EMSs, including those based on the ISO 14001 standard. This site includes general guidance, EPA’s EMS policies, resources, and initiatives funded through EPA.
Environmental Management Systems: An Implementation Guide for Small and Medium Sized Organizations U.S. EPA, in cooperation with NSF International, published this plain English, common sense guide to organizations interested in implementing an EMS.
National Database on Environmental Management Systems The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), supported by USEPA, are compiling data in the National Database on Environmental Management Systems (NDEMS) in order to determine how the environmental and economic performance of a range of corporate, military and municipal facilities is affected by the implementation of EMSs.
Public Entity Environmental Management System Resource Center (PEER Center) A virtual clearinghouse specifically designed to aid local, county, and state governments that are considering implementing or have implemented an environmental management system (EMS).
ISO – International Organization of Standardization Web site of organization responsible for the development and publication of ISO 14001 and other standards.
North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance The State of North Carolina’s site has a wealth of EMS information including case studies, articles, and presentations.
ISO 14001-registered Facilities in Georgia
P²AD would like to recognize all organizations in Georgia that have implemented an environmental management system based on the ISO 14001 model. If you would like to have your organization added to this list of organizations please call us at 404-651-5120.