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A management system is a set of tools, policies and procedures, training and expertise that can be used to create programs and plans tailored to meet the resources and goals of an organization. An EMS is built around the framework of "plan, do, check, act" that uses a standard process to identify organizational goals, implement them, determine progress, and make improvements to ensure that environmental considerations are fully integrated into the organization's mission and operations. Key elements of an EMS include:
- Defining roles and responsibilities
- Identifying and prioritizing environmental impacts
- Setting measurable objectives and targets
- Verifying and establishing operational controls
- Monitoring and measuring activities and progress
- Aiming for continual improvement as part of a review (feedback) cycle
Environmental and Regulatory Management System at UT Arlington
As an institution of higher learning, UT Arlington fosters an understanding of and a responsibility for the environment and encourages individuals to be knowledgeable about environmental issues, including health and Safety. The following statements reflect our commitment to lead by example and shape our ERMS into one that is recognized as being among the best.
- Strives to provide and maintain safe working environments that minimize the rist of injury or illness for employees, students and visitors;
- Continuously monitors and improves operations, with the goal of meeting or exceeding our compliance with applicable environment health, and safety regulations, policies, and voluntary standards;
- Employs strategies of waste minimization and pollution prevention to reduce the use of toxic substances, promote reuse, and encourage the purchase of renewable, recyclable, and recycled materials;
- Commits to stewardship of the environment and promotion of the principles of energy efficiency and sustainability;
- Communicates ERMS processes and best management practices throughout all levels of the organization; and
- Pledges to provide effective leadership by considering and encouraging innovative approaches to meet future environmental and regulatory challenges.
For details, please visit (http://www.uta.edu/campus-ops/ehs/EMS/docs/policy.php).
Contact Leah Hoy, Director, EH&S for questions firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Texas at Arlington and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) offers workshop series to provide a coached implementation Environmental Management Systems training. The purpose of this training is to learn how to identify and manage your organizations impacts on the environment to bring about real cost savings and reduction opportunities. You will receive step by step training on how management systems work to help bring structure to your organizations approach to your sustainability goals. The training includes 5 monthly workshops, coached assistance to review your implementation progress and additional online support.
Chair: Meghna Tare, Director, Office of Sustainability
Dana Weddle, SBDC for Enterprise Excellence
Kurt Middelkoop, Research Engineer, TMAC
Leah Hoy, Director, Environmental Health & Safety