Lower Colorado Region
Environmental Management System
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:
- Manage impacts of activities on the human environment
- Provide operational efficiencies for sustainable practices and environmental management
- 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
- 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?
- REDUCE RAW MATERIAL USAGE through green purchasing procedures
- REDUCE SOLID WASTE via recycling trash, reducing paper usage
- 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
Pagemaster: Colleen Dwyer,
Updated: December 2012