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An Environmental Management System Review of the National Park Service [PDF]
Abstract: This document presents an evaluation of the National Park Service's own EMS according to the compliance-oriented guidelines of the Code of Environmental Management Principles (CEMP).
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/40/39579.pdf

Benchmarking Report - Environmental Management Systems
Abstract: In 2001, the City of Seattle commissioned a study of the EMSs of 23 municipal entities. The resulting, highly-useful report addresses the drivers, barriers, stages of development and benefits of an EMS in those government entities.
URL: http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/environment/documents/Seattle%20

City of Gastonia Wastewater Treatment Division - EMS Development and Implementation [PDF]
Abstract: A presentation detailing the steps involved in implementing an EMS at this ISO 14001-certified POTW in North Carolina.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/13/12216.pdf

Drivers, Designs and Consequences of Environmental Management Systems [PDF]
Abstract: This report assembles research, practice and case study reports based on information from the National Database on Environmental Management Systems as of 2001. Case studies include "Beta Municipality".
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/24/23308.pdf

EMS, P2 and Sustainability - US Army
Abstract: An educational presentation on these three topics, with especially good graphic representations of the ISO 14000 series and their relationship to other Army environmental directives.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/20/19034.ppt

EPA Position Statement on Environmental Management Systems and ISO 14001
Abstract: This document from 1998 dictates EPA official policy regarding EMSs and ISO 14001. EPA supports the adoption of these systems insofar as they can improve an organization's regulatory compliance.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/01/00325.htm

Executive Order 13148 - Second Annual Report: US Department of Energy
Abstract: Second report on US DOE's progress toward implementation of EMSs within the agency, 2002. Report includes planning measures, selected impacts and activities, awards, and relevant memoranda.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ems/position/eo13148.htm

Implementing an Environmental Management System in Community-Based Organizations - Part 1: Project Report [PDF]
Abstract: An informative EPA-NSF report on a major piloting of ISO 14001 in local organizations such as hospitals, golf courses, towns and schools, with reasons for change, planning and outcomes, and self-assessment survey results.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/03/02850.pdf

ISO 14000 Standards and China - A Trade and Sustainable Development Perspective [PDF]
Abstract: This conference document from 1996 provides an excellent discussion of ISO 14001's development, the contents of the standards, and its impact on Chinese and Asian trade.
URL: http://www.iisd.org/pdf/isochina.pdf

Profile of Local Government Operations [PDF]
Abstract: A 315-page analysis of local government services, their impacts on the environment, pertinent regulations, and compliance and enforcement issues. Includes compliance assurance activities and initiatives.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/03/02642.pdf

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A Case Study of Environmental Training and Awareness at the Vancouver International Airport Authority [PDF]
Abstract: This research helps bridge the gap between EMS theory and business practices. Its goals were to identify challenges associated with training and awareness components of an ISO-based EMS and to propose training initiatives that may help organizations achieve successful EMS implementation. These goals were fulfilled through a case study of Vancouver International Airport Authority.
Source: Simon Fraser University
URL: http://www.rem.sfu.ca/pdf/jyarnell.pdf

Culture Change and Environmental Leadership at Ft. Lewis Washington
Abstract: Fort Lewis was the first Army installation to strategically enhance its existing programs through the implementation of an internationally certified systems approach to environmental management. The Public Works Directorate's EMS received ISO 14001 certification in September 2000.
Source: Joint Service Sustainability Technical Library

EMS Case Study: Buncombe County Metropolitan Sewerage District Wastewater Treatment Plant [PDF]
Abstract: The most significant benefits have been increased facility communication and efficiency. The EMS has changed the way things are done and has led to new procedures, better communication, more teamwork and more training.
Source: North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/26/25988.pdf

EMS Case Study: City of Gastonia Wastewater Treatment Division [PDF]
Abstract: Gastonia designed the EMS to cover the waste water treatment plants, laboratories, resources recovery farm, and pretreatment facilities.
Source: North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/12/11403.pdf

EMS Case Study: City of Shelby Wastewater Treatment Division [PDF]
Abstract: Environmental improvements include increased efficiency when managing environmental obligations, better communication among staff, effective training and documentation of training, better focus on meeting environmental objectives, and keeping environmental issues in the spotlight.
Source: North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/26/25013.pdf

EMS Case Study: North Carolina Zoological Park Horticulture Section [PDF]
Abstract: The N.C. Zoological Park Horticulture Section was the first North Carolina state agency, the first zoo in the nation, and the second zoo in the world to become ISO 14001 certified.
Source: North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/26/25973.pdf

EMS Profile: Benzene Reduction Action Team, Wisconsin [PDF]
Abstract: Representatives from the WDNR and WCMA came together in July 2000 forming a virtual company, the benzene reduction action team (BRAT Co) to develop processes and means to manage benzene emissions.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31007.pdf

EMS Profile: City of Berkeley Solid Waste Management Division Department of Public Works [PDF]
Abstract: The City of Berkeley chose the Solid Waste Management Division as a whole to implement the EMS. The criteria we chose are: worker health & safety, regulatory compliance, natural resource impact, probable negative environmental impact, public perception (how the public views us), and cost to implement changes.
Source: City of Berkeley Solid Waste Management Division Department of Public Works
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31008.pdf

EMS Profile: City of Detroit, Michigan [PDF]
Abstract: The City of Detroit chose the Recreation Department (DRD) and the Public Lighting Department (PLD) as fencelines or starting points for developing an EMS.
Source: City of Detroit Department of Environmental Affairs
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31009.pdf

EMS Profile: City of Eugene Wastewater Division, Eugene, Oregon [PDF]
Abstract: The development and implementation of the environmental management system was for activities conducted by the Wastewater Division within the Eugene Public Works Department.
Source: City of Eugene Wastewater Division
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31005.pdf

EMS Profile: City of San Diego, California [PDF]
Abstract: The City of San Diego has realized a number of benefits resulting from the adoption of an EMS into their Refuse Disposal Division.
Source: City of San Diego Environmental Services Department
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31010.pdf

EMS Profile: King County Solid Waste Division, King County, Washington [PDF]
Abstract: The Division viewed an EMS as a tool that would provide a competitive advantage over the private sector. We also saw the opportunity for regulatory benefits and improved facility compliance with environmental regulations.
Source: King County Solid Waste Division
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31006.pdf

EMS Profile: Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District [PDF]
Abstract: The EMS pilot project fenceline also includes district-wide purchasing of fleet vehicles, bulk chemicals, toxic chemicals and certain pumps and motors.
Source: Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31011.pdf

EMS Profile: Port of Houston Authority [PDF]
Abstract: With implementation of the EMS, the Port of Houston Authority has realized many benefits.
Source: Port of Houston Authority
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31012.pdf

EMS Profile: Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District, Portland, Oregon [PDF]
Abstract: Tri-Met identified several critical factors that led to the decision to design and adopt an EMS within their 8 maintenance facilities.
Source: Tri-Met
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31003.pdf

Implementing ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems at the Municipal Level [PDF]
Abstract: Nine municipal organizations have been participating for the last 19 months in an EPA-sponsored pilot project designed to assist small to medium sized public-sector agencies in developing and implementing an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS).
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.getf.org/ewebeditpro/items/O70F817.pdf

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College and University Environmental Management System Self-Assessment Checklist
Abstract: This numerically-scaled checklist is for college and university officials to determine how closely existing management practices and procedures correspond to the elements of an EMS. Higher scores mean greater correspondence.
URL: http://www.c2e2.org/ems_assessment/questionnaire/cover.htm

EMS Primer for Federal Facilities
Abstract: A quick information guide to EMS for US federal government agencies, with definitions, resources for assistance, and a 2002-updated White House policy statement on Executive Order 13148.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/24/23895.pdf

Environmental Management Reviews at Federal Facilities
Abstract: Essential facts about the EPA program in which federal agencies may submit to formal reviews of their environmental management systems.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/NE/enforcement/fedfac/emrdescn.html

Implementation Guide for the Code of Environmental Management Principles for Federal Agencies (CEMP) [PDF]
Abstract: Document descriping the Code of Environmental Management Principles (CEMP) program. Includes the five principals and where to get additional information.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/19/18328/pdfs/epacemp.pdf

North Carolina's EMS Development Course for Government Agencies [PDF]
Abstract: From July 2001 - June 2002, the N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance offered a free development course on environmental management systems (EMS) for government agencies, based on the ISO 14001 model. This fact sheet describes course goals, how the course was conducted, and lessons learned.
Source: North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/26/25995.pdf

Waste Reduction Guide [PDF]
Abstract: This survey incorporates the tenets of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000.
Source: Tennesse Valley Authority/ US EPA
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/10/09699.pdf

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An Environmental Management System Troubleshooter's Guide for Local Governments [PDF]
Abstract: A key manual for cities and counties new to the EMS process. It outlines the benefits of an EMS, what it will cost, how much time it will take, and what is essential to success, with comments from experienced local officials.
URL: http://www.peercenter.net/ewebeditpro/items/O73F1600.pdf

City of Gastonia Wastewater Treatment Division - ISO 14001 EMS Manual [PDF]
Abstract: A complete EMS manual for this ISO 14001-certified wastewater treatment facility in North Carolina, covering all requirements of planning involved in the standard.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/13/12200.pdf

City of Scottsdale Environmental Management System
Abstract: This guide is a summary of environmental laws, regulations and rules that impact municipal facilities and operations, and/or staff activities. The guide is one of the tools developed as part of the comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) for the City of Scottsdale organization.
Source: City of Scottsdale
URL: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/ecosystem.asp

College and University Environmental Management System Implementation Guide [PDF]
Abstract: A complete EMS guide for post-secondary institutions, with 4 step-by-step modules, sample materials from various universities, checklists, links and a glossary.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/14/13901.pdf

Environmental Management Manual [PDF]
Abstract: Environmental management reference manual.
Source: Fort Lewis, Washington - Department of Public Works
URL: http://www.ndcee.ctc.com/EMIToolKit/EMSManual/EMS%20Manual.p

Environmental Management Systems Primer for Federal Facilities [PDF]
Abstract: This guide is designed to help Federal managers who are considering adopting an environmental management system (EMS), emphasizing the use of ISO 14001.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03996.pdf

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality EMS Manual [PDF]
Abstract: This manual contains the core elements of the department's ISO 14001-based EMS and directions to related documentation.
URL: http://www.deq.state.va.us/ems/pdf/emsmanual.pdf

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Executive Order 13148 of April 21, 2000-Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management
Abstract: Federal agencies are required by Executive Order 13148 to implement an EMS at appropriate agencies. On Jan. 27, 2004, a memo was sent to federal agencies regarding the EMS Self-Declaration Protocol. The Interagency Environmental Management Workgroup developed the protocol as guidance to implementing the Executive Order. The protocol establishes a framework that agencies must use to self-declare compliance with the EMS requirements of the order. Agencies must implement the protocol by Dec. 31, 2004.
Source: DPPEA
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/16/15706.htm

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National Conference on Transportation and Environment for the 21st Century - Proceedings
Abstract: Proceedings of a 2000 conference held in Pittsburgh, PA, with many informative papers, including descriptions of EMSs for Ohio DOT(p. 30), NYC Transit (p. 41), and Pittsburgh Int'l Airport (p. 45).
URL: http://pubsindex.trb.org/document/view/default.asp?lbid=6847

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American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Abstract: A private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. ANSI is one of the five permanent members of the governing ISO council.
URL: http://www.ansi.org

Brookhaven National Laboratory Environmental Management System
Abstract: This is the website for Brookhaven National Laboratory's EMS information, with many documents, including its EMS manual, audit data and other related items of interest.
URL: http://www.bnl.gov/esh/ems/

California EPA Environmental Management Systems Project
Abstract: Profiles the progress of California's EMS pilot project in private industry and government operations, with information on legislation, events, working groups, publications and web resources.
URL: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EMS/Overview.htm

Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence
Abstract: The mission of the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2) is to support the continued improvement of environmental performance in higher education through environmental professional networking, information exchange, the development of professional resources and tools, and the advancement of innovative regulatory models. Environmental performance includes campus regulatory compliance, environmental management, and sustainability initiatives.
Source: Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence
URL: http://www.c2e2.org/

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - Environmental Management System
Abstract: This website profiles the scope and achievements of the department's EMS, as well as information on its additional sustainable development initiatives.
URL: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/sustain/EnvironMan/ems_annual_r

Charleston Water System's Environmental Policy Statement
Abstract: Charleston Water System has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage the impacts of our operations on the environment.
Source: Charleston Water System
URL: http://www.charlestoncpw.com/envrmnt_policy_stmt.htm

Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development - Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Abstract: This agency promotes and measures the achievement of sustainable development in all Canadian federal operations. This includes overseeing both EMS planning and the formulation of policies with sustainable impacts on the environment.
URL: http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/esd_fs_e_46.html

Construction Engineering Research Laboratory Website
Abstract: This site provides a way for you to review 458 products and 14 research facilities, and download 4543 publications to help you find answers to your questions.
Source: US Army Corp of Engineers
URL: http://www.cecer.army.mil/td/tips/index.cfm

Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) - European Union
Abstract: Website for EMAS, the primary EMS throughout Europe, which incorporates both the ISO 14001 standards and an audit component. Features many resources, including "EMAS in Public Sector Authorities".
URL: http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/environment/emas/index_en.htm

EMS Sector Specific Information - Government Agencies: North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
Abstract: This website provides in-depth EMS documentation for the wastewater treatment facilities at Gastonia and Shelby, North Carolina, as well as other significant EMS documents and resources pertaining to government operations.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/iso/public.asp

EMS Sector Specific Information - Government Agencies: North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
Abstract: This website provides in-depth EMS documentation for the wastewater treatment facilities at Gastonia and Shelby, North Carolina, as well as other significant EMS documents and resources pertaining to government operations.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/iso/public.asp

EMSs for Federal Agencies - US EPA
Abstract: Part of EPA's EMS website, containing information and guidance materials specifically for US federal agencies, with the text of EPA's own EMS implementation policy and other documents.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ems/otherfed/index.htm

Energy-related Emissions Data
Abstract: Contains energy-related emissions data and environmental analyses.
Source: Energy Information Administration
URL: http://www.eia.doe.gov/environment.html

Environment Australia - Environmental Management Systems
Abstract: An introduction to EMSs, with components, benefits, public and private sector success stories, and links.
URL: http://www.deh.gov.au/settlements/industry/corporate/ems.htm

Environmental Management Systems - Government of Canada
Abstract: This site explains the the EMS mandate affecting all Government of Canada departments and agencies, providing successes stories, facts, programs, tools, links, and other useful EMS information for government officials.
URL: http://www.greeninggovernment.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=A4

Environmental Management Systems - Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Abstract: Highlights the provisions of Maine's EMS Incentive Law, as well as providing basic information on environmental management systems.
URL: http://www.maine.gov/dep/innovation/ems/

Environmental Management Systems - North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
Abstract: Contains ISO 14000 information, tools, case studies, sector-specific information, pilot program data, presentations, links and other resources related to environmental management systems in both private industry and the public sector.
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/iso/

Environmental Management Systems - OFEE
Abstract: The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive works closely the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, and other agencies to develop resources and training for agencies to be able to adopt and implement this management tool.
Source: Office of the Federal Environmental Executive
URL: http://www.ofee.gov/ems/ems.asp

Environmental Management Systems - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Abstract: UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics web page with information and publications on EMS. Provides introductions to EMSs, and publications such as the EMS Training Resource Kit, which must be ordered.
URL: http://www.unepie.org/outreach/business/ems.htm

Environmental Management Systems - US EPA
Abstract: EPA's very large website on EMSs, with overviews, policies, documents, links, support and project information relevant primarily to the implementation of ISO 14001 within government bodies as well as private organizations.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ems/

Environmental Management Systems - Wisconsin DNR
Abstract: Wisconsin's Green Tier program places great value on Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Tier 1 participants must have an ISO-14001 certified or a functionally equivalent Environmental Management System (EMS) in place within the first year of participation. Tier 2 participants must have a well-developed EMS (ISO certified or functionally equivalent) at the time of application with a documented history of results.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/cea/environmental/ems/

Environmental Management Systems and Pollution Prevention - Ohio EPA
Abstract: Website containing clear overview of EMSs and major links to other programs and resources.
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/ems/emsinfo.html

Environmental Management Systems for Colleges and Universities
Abstract: EPA New England and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell EMS Service Program developed a guide to help institutions use the tools of environmental management to design and implement environmental or sustainability programs, or to implement a full Environmental Management System (EMS) in a streamlined, cost-effective manner.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ne/assistance/univ/emsguide.html

Environmental Management Systems Publications
Abstract: These EMS documents focus on environmental management practices rather than the activities themselves. EMS documents describe the structure by which certain activities can be carried out.
Source: EPA
URL: http://cfpub.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/incen

EPA Green Communities
Abstract: Website of the EPA Green Communities Program, promoting sustainable development activities in local communities in the US. It offers a wide selection of planning resources for local decision-makers in an informal tone.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/greenkit/

EPA's Environmental Science Center (ESC)
Abstract: The EPA's Environmental Science Center (ESC) at Ft. Meade, Maryland is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility occupied by employees who care deeply about the environment. To help ensure that the ESC is a good neighbor in the Ft. Meade community, we have implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) that conforms to ISO 14001:2004, the international standard for EMS.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region3/esc/ems/

Euro EMAS Interactive
Abstract: A complete guide to a major European EMS pilot project for municipalities and local authorities (EMAS and ISO 14001). The website offers the full report, training materials, links, case studies and EMS information from participating cities.
URL: http://euronet.uwe.ac.uk/emas/library.htm

European Sustainable Cities and Towns Campaign
Abstract: A network to foster the implementation of Local Agenda 21. The website provides a clearinghouse for information from cities throughout Europe about their sustainability programs and Local Agenda 21 implementation.
URL: http://www.sustainable-cities.eu/

Federal Network for Sustainability
Abstract: The Federal Network for Sustainability is a voluntary, collaborative network of Federal agencies in the Western United States focused on fostering and furthering the concept of sustainability within the government through our individual programs and group initiatives.
Source: Federal Network for Sustainability
URL: http://www.federalsustainability.org/

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
Abstract: ICLEI is a large, global environmental organization for local governments. Website contains a large bank of case studies on specific local initiatives, numerous publications, conference reports and links, with an emphasis on Local Agenda 21.
URL: http://www.iclei.org

International Network for Environmental Management (INEM)
Abstract: Website for the world federation of non-profit environmental management associations and cleaner production centers. INEM''s case studies, publications and projects mainly reflect business activity, but government initiatives are also represented.
URL: http://www.inem.org

ISO 14000 - Indiana Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance
Abstract: Contains a brief, well-organized introduction to the ISO 14000 series, with guides to Indiana's EMS pilot project and its ISO-certified facilities, as well as links to the major national EMS initiatives in the US.
URL: http://www.in.gov/idem/ctap/iso14000/

ISO 14000 Info Center
Abstract: A website with much information on ISO 14000 provided by a Massachusetts consulting firm. It offers numerous resources, contacts and information concerning the audit process, plus how to successfully plan and register to ISO14001.
URL: http://www.iso14000.com/

ISO 14000 Standards - The Institute for Environmental Research and Education (IERE)
Abstract: Web page by the Iowa and Oregon-based non-profit organization participating in the development of the ISO 14040 standards (Life Cycle Assessment), providing a clear introduction to the ISO 14000 series.
URL: http://www.iere.org/ISO14000.html

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System - Virginia DEQ
Abstract: ISO 14001 is the internationally approved standard for environmental management systems. This website will be useful both to those organizations who want to pursue ISO 14001 and the external stakeholders who desire to understand the requirements and potential interactions provided by ISO 14001.
Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
URL: http://www.deq.state.va.us/ems/iso14001.html

ISO World
Abstract: Well organized introductory information on the ISO standards with publications, training and resources. Includes very clear reports on Japanese and world ISO certification totals as of 2002.
URL: http://www.ecology.or.jp/isoworld/english/english.htm

ISO-14001 Environment
Abstract: ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that sets out how you can go about putting in place an effective Environmental Management System (EMS). The standard is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact.
Source: BSI Group
URL: http://www.bsigroup.com/en/Assessment-and-certification-serv

Local Government Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policies
Abstract: Contains examples of environmentally preferable purchasing policies at all levels of government.
Source: Government Purchasing Project
URL: http://www.gpp.org/epp_loc.html

Mini-Gap Analysis
Abstract: This mini-gap-analysis presents sixteen statements based on the ISO 14001 standard.
Source: Transformation Strategies
URL: http://www.trst.com/gapanal.htm

Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Management Systems
Abstract: A major consortium bringing together governmental and non-governmental organizations to promote research and training for the purpose of understanding and furthering the implementation of environmental management systems.
URL: http://www.mswg.org/

National Biosolids Partnership - EMS Guidance
Abstract: This webpage contains a series of technical guidance manuals on EMS implementation for biosolids producers, indicating a strong shift toward the introduction of EMSs in wastewater treatment facilities in the US.
URL: http://www.biosolids.org/ems_main.asp?sectionid=48

National Biosolids Partnership - EMS Guidance
Abstract: This webpage contains a series of technical guidance manuals on EMS implementation for biosolids producers, indicating a strong shift toward the introduction of EMSs in wastewater treatment facilities in the US.
URL: http://www.biosolids.org/ems_main.asp?sectionid=48

National Database on Environmental Management Systems
Abstract: This website presents related resources and the research results of the NDEMS, an EPA-funded study of US public and private facilities implementing EMSs (particularly ISO 14001). The database can be downloaded after the user registers.
URL: http://ndems.cas.unc.edu/

Public Entity Environmental Management System Resource Center (The Peer Center)
Abstract: This website provides a virtual clearinghouse to aid local, county, and state governments in the implementation of EMSs. Provides resources, guides, and database of EMSs in place across the US.
URL: http://www.peercenter.net

Sustainable Development Information Exchange - European Union
Abstract: A website designed for research professionals in the area of sustainable development. It includes documents, policy-analyses, the "1A+" policy assessment tool, links and a shared workspace for the study of public initiatives which promote sustainability.
URL: http://sdie.jrc.es/

The City of San Diego Refuse Disposal Division's EMS Website
Abstract: Gateway to all information, documents and training materials which portray the way in which this municipal division has embraced a certified environmental management system in all its aspects.
URL: http://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/ems/index.sht

The Global Development Research Center
Abstract: Website of The Urban Environmental Management Institute, based in Japan, offering a large array of articles and resources on sustainable development and EMSs for municipalities, businesses and other local entities worldwide.
URL: http://www.gdrc.org/uem/

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Abstract: The official site of the International Organization for Standardization, with official information, publication-ordering instructions, articles and contacts.
URL: http://www.iso.ch

The Quality Network
Abstract: Information on quality management and environmental management. Offers well written articles, numerous resources, and contact information. Written in 1996 when ISO 14001 was new.
URL: http://www.quality.co.uk

The Scottish Office - Greening Government: Everyone Can Contribute
Abstract: The Scottish Office of the United Kingdom provides here a guide to its complete plan for the greening of operations as of 1998, including the implemention of ISO 14001.
URL: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/library/documents-w3/ggov-00.htm

The United Kingdom Sustainable Development in Government Website
Abstract: This website provides information on the policies, operations and activities within UK government departments relating to sustainable development and environmental management system implementation.
URL: http://www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)
Abstract: A worldwide resource focusing on urban environmental management issues, with reports, databases, publications, links, plus a purchasable kit and other support tools for EMSs in local authorites. On-line training materials are also included.
URL: http://www.unep.or.jp/ietc/

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)
Abstract: A worldwide resource focusing on urban environmental management issues, with reports, databases, publications, links, plus a purchasable kit and other support tools for EMSs in local authorites. On-line training materials are also included.
URL: http://www.unep.or.jp/ietc/

University of Nottingham Online Planning Resources - Sustainable Development
Abstract: Here is an exhaustive collection of links and bibliographies on sustainable development for planners, mostly Europe-centered, but North American sources are also given.
URL: http://planning.rudi.net/BIBS/GREENIS/GNIS_SD_INDEX.HTM

US Army Environmental Management System Implementation Tool Kit
Abstract: This in-depth web resource gives US Army installations everything they need to develop an EMS. It has sample EMSs, guidance materials, training videos, case studies, links and more. Useful to any government organization developing an EMS.
URL: http://www.ndcee.ctc.com/EMIToolKit/

Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP)
Abstract: VEEP was established to encourage superior environmental performance through the development and implementation of environmental management systems and pollution prevention efforts.
Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
URL: http://www.deq.state.va.us/veep/

Voluntary EMS/ISO 14001
Abstract: In December 2000, the U.S. EPA, in cooperation with NSF International, completed a revised version of this guide entitled "Environmental Management Systems: An Implementation Guide for Small and Medium Sized Organizations". This revision replaces the original Guide, published in 1996. Like its predecessor, the revised Guide is intended to offer a plain English, common sense guide to organizations interested in implementing an EMS, using the basic Plan-Do-Check-Act model.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/OW-OWM.html/iso14001/index.htm

Abstract: WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/owm/water-efficiency/

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