Sustainable Office Toolkit

ISO 14001 Training and Consulting Resources

Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and Development

Guidance document from U.S. EPA. Click here to download the guide by chapter.

Environmental Management Systems: An Implementation Guide for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

Guidance document from U.S. EPA. For sample environmental policies, see pages 89-95.

Guidance for Normalizing Environmental Performance Results

Normalization is the process of adjusting environmental performance measurements to account for increases or decreases in production over time. Normalization is integral to measuring and reporting environmental performance, both when applying to the program as well as when completing an Annual Performance Report. Click here to download the document (PDF, 120KB).


Facilities developing Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) may find a number of protocols helpful in systematically determining and maintaining conformance with their EMS requirements as well as compliance with other environmental regulatory requirements.

  • Independent Assessment Protocol (PDF, 187KB) » U.S. EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track checklist for determining conformance with your EMS
  • EPA Compliance Screening Guidance (PDF, 74KB) » Overview of compliance screening with relation to voluntary performance based programs such as U.S. EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track
  • EPA’s Audit Policy » Incentives for self-policing: discovery, disclosure, correction and prevention of violations
  • EPA Compliance Audit Protocols » These statute-specific protocols provide lengthy checklists for determining compliance
    • EPA Compliance Audit Protocol – EPCRA (PDF, 430KB)
    • EPA Compliance Audit Protocol – CERCLA (PDF, 339KB)
    • EPA Compliance Audit Protocol – FIFRA (PDF, 575KB)
    • EPA Compliance Audit Protocol – RCRA Generators (PDF, 1.81MB)
    • EPA Compliance Audit Protocol – RCRA Subtitle D (PDF, 759KB)

National Compliance Assistance Centers

The U.S. EPA has sponsored partnerships with industry, academic institutions, environmental groups, and other agencies to launch sector-specific Compliance Assistance Centers. Each center addresses real world issues in language that speaks to the regulated entities. The specific centers are:

  • Agriculture
  • Local Government
  • Auto Recycling
  • Metal Finishing
  • Auto Repair
  • Paints and Coatings
  • Border Compliance
  • Printed Wiring Board
  • Chemical
  • Printing
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Federal Facilities

EnvCAP State Resource Locators

EnvCAP has prepared state resource locators for a wide range of topics to help you find important environmental compliance information specifically for your state. The specific locators and tools are:

  • State Regulations
  • Food Processing
  • Storm Water
  • Universal Waste
  • Industrial Storm Water
  • Construction and Demolition Debris
  • RCRA / Hazardous Waste
  • Air Pollution
  • Asbestos
  • Lead Paint
  • National Endangered Species
  • Mercury
  • State Wetlands
  • Occupational Safety and Health

Other Tools

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