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What is Environmental Management System (EMS)?

The EMS is the Department of the Interior; the Bureau of Reclamation and Lower Colorado Region’s primary management tool to:

  1. Manage impacts of activities on the human environment
  2. Provide operational efficiencies for sustainable practices and environmental management
  3. Proactively address future issues to reduce DOI’s carbon footprint

What are the requirements of an EMS program?

  • Environmental Policy
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Environmental Aspects and identification of Significant Aspects
  • Environmental Legal and Other Requirements
  • Sustainability Objectives and Targets
  • Training and Internal/External Communication
  • Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Operational Controls/procedures
  • Documentation
  • Monitoring and Measurements
  • Internal Audit/Conformance Review
  • Corrective Action
  • Management Review

What is SEMS?

LCR’s Sustainability & Environmental Management System (SEMS) program uses EMS as the management tool for realizing our Sustainability Goals, otherwise known as Objectives and Targets

What are Lower Colorado Region’s top 3 sustainability goals?

  1. REDUCE RAW MATERIAL USAGE through green purchasing procedures
  2. REDUCE SOLID WASTE via recycling trash, reducing paper usage
  3. REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS through "Green Light Initiatives" — turning off lights and electronic equipment when not in use, video conferencing in lieu of travel, carpooling, utilizing "green" hotels and hybrid rental cars and alternative fuels

  4. Pagemaster: Colleen Dwyer, cdwyer@usbr.gov
    Updated: December 2012