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Directorate of Public Works Environmental and Natural Resources Division Environmental Management System (EMS) General Awareness Training. Keep Fort Rucker “Above The Best.”. Army’s Environmental Mission Statement.

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Directorate of Public WorksEnvironmental and Natural Resources DivisionEnvironmental Management System (EMS)General Awareness Training

Keep Fort Rucker “Above The Best.”

army s environmental mission statement
Army’s Environmental Mission Statement
  • Integrate environmental values into the Army mission in order to:
    • Sustain readiness
    • Improve the soldier’s quality of life
    • Provide sound stewardship of resources
    • Strengthen community relationships
dpw environmental and natural resources division mission statement
DPW Environmental and Natural Resources Division Mission Statement

To provide customer assistance to ensure that all organizations and personnel on Fort Rucker can accomplish their missions in full compliance with all environmental laws and regulations and with minimal adverse impact on the environment.

environmental management system ems
EnvironmentalManagement System (EMS)
  • Provides a framework for managing environmental responsibilities so they become more efficient
    • All environmental programs have been incorporated in to the EMS as specified by Army policy
  • Environmental considerations or requirements integrated into day-to-day practices and overall operations
  • Helps organizations to stay in compliance and continuously improve overall environmental performance
  • Army requires use of the ISO14001 standard for the framework of the EMS all installations
environmental management system ems1
Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Each post organization is integrated into the EMS through Environmental Officers / Environmental Point of Contacts
    • All organizations on Fort Rucker must formally appoint an EO or EPOC using USAACE Form 2729, Environmental Officer and EPOC Appointment Memo according to GC Policy Memo 13-35 dated 9 JAN 13.
  • EMS programs shall include measurable environmental goals, objectives, and targets that are reviewed and updated annually
  • Includes all environmental media areas in addition to the significant aspects
army s environmental program
Army’s Environmental Program


  • Environmental Policy
  • Planning
  • Implementation & Operation
  • Checking & Corrective Action
  • Management


environmental policy
Environmental Policy

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Prevent Pollution,

Comply with Laws, and Continually Improve




Garrison Commander Memo 13-22 dated 9 JAN 13 establishes Fort Rucker’s Environmental Policy – available at

All installation personnel, including civilians, contractors, and military, are required to be aware of this policy in order to conform with ISO14001

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EMS In Action

Identify aspects and impacts

ems elements
EMS Elements
  • Environmental Aspect
    • An element of an organization’s activities, products, or services that can interact with the environment
    • The cause
  • Environmental Impact
    • Any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or partly resulting from an organization’s activities, products, or services
    • The effect
review of significant aspects
Review of Significant Aspects
  • The EMS Implementation Team conducts an annual review of functional areas and processes
  • Annual review intended to identify areas that may affect significant aspects as a result of changes in activities, products, or services
  • The significant aspect ranking procedure will then be used for these processes that are identified during the annual review
  • The EMS Management Representative (EMSMR) will also review the significant aspects to ensure that any potential issues are addressed
  • Significant aspects determine what is managed within the EMS framework
determining significance of aspects
Determining Significance of Aspects
  • Five factors for determining significance:
    • Frequency
    • Environmental Impact
    • Mission Impact
    • Regulatory Impact
    • Community Concerns
fort rucker significant aspects
Fort Rucker Significant Aspects

All installation personnel should be familiar with the significant aspects and how their activities could impact them

  • Air Emissions
  • Energy Use / Conservation
  • Hazardous Waste Generation
  • Natural Resource Alteration
  • Noise Generation
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Solid Waste Generation
  • Spills to Water / Soil
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EMS In Action

Develop objectives and targets

ems objectives
EMS Objectives
  • Insert EMS Requirements into Contracts
  • Reduce Class II ODCs in new equipment by 100%
  • Divert 50% of Solid Waste
  • Reduce HW disposal by 10% by CY 2015 from baseline year of CY2012
  • Manage operational noise
  • Sustainable repairs to stagefields and training area trails.
  • Improve efficiencies and effectiveness within forestry section and natural resources overall
  • Reduce Energy Consumption and Increase Energy Awareness
  • Provide Curation of Archaeological Collections
  • Improve the Section 106 Consultation Process
  • Increase Awareness of Environmental Requirements for Construction Projects
  • Ensure all contract maintenance/custodial personnel receive required asbestos training prior to working in areas/buildings containing asbestos
  • Reduce personnel exposure to lead based paint by providing a LBP Management Plan which reduces lead exposure during paint removal/transport and disposal. Minimize entry of lead into the environment.
  • Reduce use of products or processes that degrade the environment
  • USAACE Form 2724, Objectives and Targets Action Plan, is used to track progress in meeting these objectives
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EMS In Action

Roles and Responsibilities

roles and responsibilities
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Defined in procedures and management plans associated with all environmental media areas and relating to significant aspects
    • EMS Master Document List contains a list of all procedures, forms, and plans that are applicable to environmental issues
  • Training classes cover roles and responsibilities for the personnel attending the class
ems in action4
EMS In Action
  • Training and Awareness
  • EMS Awareness
  • Competence-Based Training
ems awareness tools
EMS Awareness Tools
  • Everyone working on Fort Rucker must be aware of the EMS – including the policy and how activities may impact the significant aspects
  • Environmental Officers and EPOCs are responsible for ensuring personnel receive EMS awareness training
  • Available tools include:
    • Policy Posters
    • Website
    • EMS Awareness Slides
    • Flying Green Newsletter
    • EMS Brochure
competence based training
Competence-Based Training
  • Any type of training necessary to complete an assigned job
  • USAACE Form 2702, Environmental Training Matrix, lists all environmental training that may be necessary
  • DPW-ENRD provided training for environmental requirements includes:
    • EO Initial Training (16 hrs) – one time
    • EO/EPOC Refresher Training (4 hrs) – annual
    • HWSAP Manager Course (2 hrs) – annual
    • 90-HWAS Manager Course (2 hrs) – annual
    • DOD HM/HW Handler Course (24 hrs initial / 8 hrs refresher)
    • SPCC Plan Training (2 hrs) – annual
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EMS In Action


Control of Documents

ems documents
EMS Documents

EMS documents are maintained on the Sustainable Fort Rucker website

  • EMS Audits
  • EMS Forms
  • EMS Implementation
  • EMS Objectives and Targets
  • EMS Plans
  • EMS Posters and Brochures
  • EMS Procedures
  • EMS Training
  • Meetings and Agendas
  • Policy
  • Significant Aspects and Impacts
  • EMS Master Document List
  • EMS Master Record List
fort rucker environmental website
Fort RuckerEnvironmental Website

  • The official version of all documents is maintained on the Sustainable Fort Rucker website
  • Announcements of new and updated items are included on the News / Updates section on the right side of the home screen
  • Organizations are required to verify that they have the most recent version of all documents prior to use – especially important when completing any forms
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EMS In Action

Audits and Inspections

ems conformance
EMS Conformance
  • Fort Rucker uses its EMS as a framework to:
    • Ensure more efficient management of the installation’s environmental programs;
    • Help the installation stay in compliance with regulatory requirements; and
    • Help continuously improve overall environmental performance.
  • Fort Rucker’s EMS is mission-focused and integrated into all installation activities
  • EMS conformance is essential to continued success of the environmental programs
  • The EMS status is checked through internal EMS audits
ems internal audits
EMS Internal Audits
  • Installation-wide internal audit conducted annually in conjunction with internal EPAS
  • Internal audits are used to improve the overall EMS program
  • Corrective actions will be developed and implemented for any issues identified during the audit
  • Findings and corrective actions for the audit will be presented at the EQCC and reviewed with GC during annual management review
types of inspections
Types of Inspections
  • Internal Compliance Inspections
    • Conducted by personnel internal to the Army
      • Primarily conducted by Fort Rucker Personnel
      • May be conducted by other Army personnel (i.e., Army Environmental Command for external EPAS)
  • External Compliance Inspections
    • Conducted by regulatory agencies
      • Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM)
      • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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EMS In Action

Annual review with GC and EQCC

management review
Management Review
  • Conducted each year as a desk-side review with the Garrison Commander
  • Present summary information to the EQCC after the desk-side review
  • Covers all areas required in the ISO14001 standard:
    • Results of internal audits and evaluations of compliance,
    • Communication(s) from external interested parties, including complaints,
    • The environmental performance of the organization,
    • The extent to which objectives and targets have been met,
    • Status of corrective and preventive actions,
    • Follow-up actions from previous management reviews,
    • Changing circumstances, including developments in legal and other requirements related to its environmental aspects, and
    • Recommendations for improvement.
poc information
POC Information
  • Melissa Lowlavar, DPW-ENRD
    • Chief, Environmental Management Branch
    • EMS Management Representative
    • 334-255-1653