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About the Environmental Management Systems Service Program

The EMS Service Program helps organizations improve and sustain environmental performance through Environmental Management SystemsAn EMS is a system of processes that helps an organization:

  • Identify its environmental priorities
  • Establish plans to reach environmental goals
  • Make environmental understanding and responsibility part of everyone’s daily business

Put another way, an EMS is a way to figure out:

  • Who has what impact on the environment
  • How to prevent or minimize that impact
  • How to stay out of trouble, save money, feel and look good over a long period of time

Why develop an EMS?

Organizations with EMSs report:

  • Cost savings
  • Reduced insurance premiums
  • Improved bond ratings
  • Improved compliance with regulations
  • Prevention, reduction, and management of environmental impacts
  • Progress moving towards sustainability
  • Improved relationships with regulators
  • Increased employee awareness, involvement, responsibility and morale
  • Improved labor-management relations
  • Improved public image

Designated by EPA as a Local Resource Center in the PEER Center Network, the Program has been working with colleges and universities, public transportation agencies, public schools, and municipal Departments of Public Works in a variety of efforts to improve environmental performance and sustainability.

Selected Projects of the EMS Service Program

For Further Information

The EMS Service Program is Directed by Madeline Snow, 978-934-4875,