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Title: Environmental Management Systems and the P2AD Partnership Program


1
Environmental Management Systems and the P2AD
Partnership Program
  • August 15, 2007
  • GA State Parks Lodges Region

2
What is P²AD?
  • Non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department
    of Natural Resources
  • P2AD provides confidential, free assistance to
    clients that want to reduce water and energy use,
    waste, and emissions
  • These services are available to any Georgia
    business, service industry, governmental agency
    or institution

3
P²AD Partnership Program
  • Fosters environmental leadership by
  • Recognizing superior environmental performance
  • Providing real bottom-line business benefits
  • Encouraging social responsibility, community
    involvement, corporate citizenship
  • Using flexible approach based on the
    Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Assist, connect and reward for FREE

4
Partner Incentives
  • Regulatory Incentives
  • Better access to state regulators
  • Permitting Administrative relief flexibility
  • Business Incentives
  • Lower costs
  • Higher Efficiency
  • Reduced environmental liability
  • Improved product competitiveness
  • Enhanced company image

5
Partners by Sector
6
Energy Conserved
Since the program began, P2AD Partners have
reduced their energy use by 100.6 billion BTUs
enough to power 2,680 U.S. households for a
year.
7
Water Saved
P2AD Partners have reduced their water use by
237.5 million gallons enough to fill the
Georgia Aquarium almost 30 times.
8
Solid Waste Reduced
Since the program began, P2AD Partners have
reduced solid waste sent to landfills by 1,809
tons almost 12 times the weight of the Statue
of Liberty.
9
Recycled Materials Used
Since the program began, P2AD Partners have
increased their use of recycled materials by
16,487 tons saving more than 12,000 cubic
yards of landfill space.
10
Technical Assistance
  • Free, Confidential, Non-regulatory technical
    assistance to ALL
  • Delivery Methods
  • On-site assessments
  • Phone/email
  • Information resources (website, fact sheets)
  • Tools (www.ScrapMatchGA.org, Sustainable Office
    Toolkit)
  • Training facilitation

11
Areas of Technical Assistance
  • Solid waste reduction, reuse, and recycling
  • Water and energy efficiency
  • Toxic/hazardous waste reduction
  • Raw materials substitution
  • Air emissions reduction
  • Product stewardship
  • Environmentally preferable purchasing
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Environmental management systems

12
Georgia Environmental Partnership
  • Pollution prevention assistance division (P2AD)
  • Department of biological and agricultural
    engineering (BAE), University of Georgia
  • Enterprise Innovation Institute (EII), Georgia
    Tech

13
What is an EMS?
  • Framework that allows organizations to identify
    then manage their environmental responsibilities
    in a more systematic way
  • Method for improving environmental performance
  • Proactive, not reactive
  • Uses the continual improvement concept from
    quality management
  • Flexible system

14
EMS Development Phases
15
EMS Elements Planning
  • Develop written environmental policy
  • Baseline resource use and waste
  • Determine significant aspects and impacts
  • Set action plans for priority aspects
  • General environmental awareness training
  • Control legal and other requirements

16
Other EMS Elements
  • Implement (DO)
  • Establish roles and responsibilities
  • Establish procedures communicating
    EMS/environmental performance
  • Training
  • Emergency preparedness and employee incentive
    programs into your EMS
  • Documentation
  • Implement action plans
  • Checking and corrective action (CHECK)
  • Management Review (ACT)

17
First steps
  • Obtain Top Management Commitment
  • Identify a Champion
  • Establish EMS Advisory Committee
  • Conduct Gap Analysis
  • Develop Communicate Environmental Policy
  • Establish EMS Roles Responsibilities
  • Identify Environmental Aspects Impacts/Legal
    Requirements

18
EMS Lingo
  • Environmental Aspect
  • Element of an organizations activities,
    products, or services that can interact with and
    impact the environment
  • Environment
  • Surroundings in which an organization
    interacts, including air, water, land, natural
    resources, flora, fauna, humans, and their
    interrelation
  • Environmental Impact
  • Any change to the environment, whether adverse
    or beneficial, wholly or partially resulting from
    an organizations activities, products, or
    services

19
Green Parks EMS Toolkit
  • The Toolkit is divided into 5 focus areas
  • 1) Waste Streams fact-sheets and worksheets on
    identifying waste creation at your park
  • 2) Operations fact-sheets and worksheets for
    determining the environmental impact of your
    parks operations
  • 3) Your Park this section provides guidance and
    worksheets for developing an EMS for your park
  • 4) Help this information about applicable
    environmental regulations and how to contact P2AD
  • 5) Promotion CD resources for promoting your
    program

20
Green Parks EMS Toolkit (cont.)
  • Many topics of daily operation are covered
  • Park Operations
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Transportation
  • Fleet Equipment Management
  • Retail Restaurants
  • Lodging
  • Public Employee Education
  • Many, many more

21
Green Parks EMS Toolkit (cont.)
  • Your Park this section lays out the steps to
    develop an EMS at your park to manage the
    potential environmental impacts you have
    identified at your park.
  • Six Step Environmental Management Plan
  • Create an Environmental Policy Statement
  • Determine Environmental Priorities
  • Define Actions to Address Priorities
  • Implement the Plan
  • Measure Effectiveness
  • Review
  • This will put your park on a path to
    sustainability and continuous environmental
    improvement

22
Green Parks EMS Toolkit (cont.)
  • The Toolkit has other resources on CD and the web
  • Examples
  • Consolidated List of Chemicals EPA list of
    hazardous waste
  • Toolkit for Solid Waste Management
  • Energy Audit Workbook
  • Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual

23
Keys to Success
  • Obtain commitment support from top
  • Understand your organizational structure and open
    lines of communication between departments
  • Have food, drinks or snacks for meetings
  • End meeting with objectives, a to do list date
    for next meeting
  • Respect the organizations calendar and peoples
    time
  • Build upon existing aquarium practices - only
    develop new practices where gaps exist

24
Next Steps
  1. Establish an environmental team at your park
    send a roster of members to P2AD
  2. Draft an environmental policy send a copy to
    P2AD
  3. GAP Analysis P2AD and GEP will be coming to your
    park this fall to perform this analysis
  4. Baseline P2AD will work with you to determine a
    baseline of energy, water use and waste
    generation at your park

25
For Questions
  • Contact
  • Thatcher Young
  • Pollution Prevention Advisor
  • 404-651-5548 or
  • thatcher_young_at_p2ad.org
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