Presentation on theme: "Environmental Management System (EMS) Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority."— Presentation transcript:
Environmental Management System (EMS) Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority
EPA Third EMS Initiative Participants Metro Waste Authority - Des Moines, IA Kansas City Dept of Environmental Management City of Charlottesville, VA Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, FL Clark County Dept of Public Works – Vancouver, WA Kent County Dept of Public Works – Dover, DE Oakland County Drain Commission – Waterford, MI Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority – Charlottesville, VA Sacramento Municipal Utility District – Sacramento, CA
Two year program (4 phases) to develop EMS Managed by US EPA and Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF) Requires investment of $15,000 per year Includes one 2-3 day visit per year by GETF Includes EMS Rep. training at the start of each Phase Agree to make outreach efforts to promote EMSs to other governmental agencies and local industries EPA Third EMS Initiative for Municipalities = MUNI III
Authority-wide Strategy Ultimate Goal Phased approach. Begin with designated fencelines. Apply lessons learned and effective EMS techniques to other facilities. Capitalize on Core Team expertise. To implement a successful EMS for the entire RWSA and RSWA Strategy
Initial Fenceline Moores Creek Treatment Plant Complex including: Compost Yard Vehicle Maintenance Building & Ground Maintenance Administration Laboratory
EMS Definition An EMS is a set of management processes and procedures that allows an organization to evaluate, control, and reduce the environmental impacts of its activities, products, and services and operate with greater efficiency and control. Greater efficiency and control Environmental compliance Environmental stewardship
And EMS is not… A “Get out of Jail Free” card. A reactive approach. A one-time fix. A reinvention of the wheel.
EMS GOAL Environmental Compliance and Continual Improvement through Sustainable Operations
EMS Concepts and Terminology Fenceline Policy ISO 14001 “The Standard” EMS Teams Environmental Aspects Environmental Impacts Objectives Targets Audits ENVIRO POLICY COMPLIANCECOMPLIANCE P O R L E L V U E T N I T O I N O N IMPROVEMENTIMPROVEMENT
17 Key Elements of an EMS Environmental policy Environmental aspects Legal and other requirements Objectives & targets Env. management programs Structure and responsibility Operational control Training Communication Document, records, and doc control Emergency prep and response Monitoring and measurement Nonconformance & corrective and preventative action EMS audit The commonly used framework for an EMS is the one developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for the ISO 14001 standard, issued in 1996.
Basic Pieces of an EMS An Ongoing Process Reviewing the organization’s environmental goals Analyzing environmental impacts and legal requirements Setting environmental objectives and targets Establishing programs to meet objectives and targets Managing significant environmental aspects Monitoring and measuring progress Training; ensuring environmental awareness and competence Reviewing progress and making improvements
Why Implement an EMS? Compliance Assurance Credibility with Citizens and Regulators Positive Public Image City/County/Organization as a Leader and Innovator Competitiveness Better Management of Resources
What are the Benefits that have been seen with EMS Adoption? Improved communication Eliminating redundancy in roles and responsibilities Increased operational efficiency and consistency Improved environmental management Improved relationships with regulators Cost savings Improved bond ratings Reduced insurance premiums Benefits extend beyond environmental improvements… and they go beyond compliance as the final goal
EPA Initiative Project Timeline ( January 2003 – January 2005) Phase I: Getting Started Phase II: Plan Phase III: Do Phase IV: Check and Act PLAN CHECK DOACT
4 Distinct Phases Phase I: Getting Ready Phase II: Plan Phase III: Do Phase IV: Check & Act Environmental Policy, Legal Requirements, Significant Aspects, Objectives & Targets, Environmental Management Programs Structure and Responsibility, Operational Control, Training, Documentation, Document Control, Communication, Emergency Preparedness and Response Monitoring and Measurement, EMS Audit, Corrective and Preventive Action, Records, Management Review Designating an EMR and Core Team, Management Preparation, Gap Analysis
Phase I Getting Ready (Completed) Establish management commitment Establish management commitment Appoint the management representative Appoint the management representative Identify the “fenceline” Identify the “fenceline” Identify organizational goals (Env. Policy) Identify organizational goals (Env. Policy) Communicate and get buy-in Communicate and get buy-in Select and train teams Select and train teams Complete baselines, track activities Complete baselines, track activities Conduct a gap analysis Conduct a gap analysis
Baseline and Gap Analysis (Completed) Baseline – An effort to characterize the organization and understand the basis upon which the EMS will built. Gap Analysis - A review of your current environmental programs and management activities compared against the elements of an EMS. Quarterly Reporting – a resource and project tracking requirement.
EMS Roles and Responsibilities Top Management and Steering Committee EMS Management Representative Implementation Team All Employees in the Organization Core Team
Core Team Core Team Anne Bedarf, Environmental & Safety Manager Bob Wichser, Director of Water & Wastewater Cary Lang, Maintenance Manager Jennifer Whitaker, Chief Engineer Mike Ralston, Compost Manager Mary Knowles, Executive Secretary Norman Wescoat Wastewater Manager Patricia Defibaugh, Chemist
Identifying Impacts Energy Water Materials Chemicals Supplies Contractors Operations Maintenance Purchasing Engineering Wastes Emissions Effluent INPUTS PROCESSES OUTPUTS
What are the keys to successful Implementation? Top Management Support Dedicated Resources Employee Buy-in Strong Core and/or Implementation Teams Training
Rivanna’s Overall EMS Goals Reduce environmental impact. Promote reduction in resource and raw materials use. Reduce odors. Save money. Foster a better work environment. Ensure better public understanding of our processes. Develop our public image and promote community involvement. Serve as a leader and resource within our region and state.
“Under the Umbrella” An EMS brings what we’re already doing under a single framework Integrates environmental considerations into day-to-day operations and decisions Captures institutional knowledge