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EPA Promotes Environmental Management System Partnerships

May 10, 2004


Environmental Management System, known as EMS, evolved from the well-known Quality Management approach of Plan, Do, Check, Act. An EMS partnership is designed to address the evolving needs of cities for environmental management, while allowing an organization to integrate environmental issues with its core mission to improve performance. Using several cities' experiences with EMS, James Horne, National Program Manager of the U.S. EPA, describes the benefits of implementing an EMS for local governments. "The results are compelling—cities are saving money, reducing liabilities, and improving community relations." To better assist local governments in adopting EMS, EPA has established a national clearinghouse, specifically designed for public entities that provide free information and resources on Environmental Management Systems. For details, please visit the website at www.peercenter.net.Sugar Land (TX) Mayor David Wallace led a panel at the Urban Water Council's Summit in Washington (DC) on April 27-28. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Veolia Water and the Chlorine Chemistry Council briefed Mayors and UWC members on recent developments in securing the nation's water resources and infrastructure.