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Environmental Management Systems and the P2AD Partnership Program

August 15, 2007

GA State Parks Lodges Region

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What is P²AD?

  • Non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

  • P2AD provides confidential, free assistance to clients that want to reduce water and energy use, waste, and emissions

  • These services are available to any Georgia business, service industry, governmental agency or institution

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P²AD Partnership Program

Fosters environmental leadership by

  • Recognizing superior environmental performance

  • Providing real bottom-line business benefits

  • Encouraging social responsibility, community involvement, corporate citizenship

  • Using flexible approach based on the Environmental Management System (EMS)

  • Assist, connect and reward for FREE

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Regulatory Incentives

Better access to state regulators

Permitting: Administrative relief & flexibility

Business Incentives

Lower costs

Higher Efficiency

Reduced environmental liability

Improved product competitiveness

Enhanced company image

Partner Incentives

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Energy Conserved

Since the program began, P2AD Partners have reduced their energy use by 100.6 billion BTUs… enough to power 2,680 U.S. households for a year.

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Water Saved

P2AD Partners have reduced their water use by 237.5 million gallons… enough to fill the Georgia Aquarium almost 30 times.

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Solid Waste Reduced

Since the program began, P2AD Partners have reduced solid waste sent to landfills by 1,809 tons…

almost 12 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty.

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Recycled Materials Used

Since the program began, P2AD Partners have increased their use of recycled materials by 16,487 tons… saving more than 12,000 cubic yards of landfill space.

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Technical Assistance

  • Free, Confidential, Non-regulatory technical assistance to ALL…

  • Delivery Methods:

    • On-site assessments

    • Phone/email

    • Information resources (website, fact sheets…)

    • Tools (www.ScrapMatchGA.org, Sustainable Office Toolkit)

    • Training & facilitation

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Areas of Technical Assistance

  • Solid waste reduction, reuse, and recycling

  • Water and energy efficiency

  • Toxic/hazardous waste reduction

  • Raw materials substitution

  • Air emissions reduction

  • Product stewardship

  • Environmentally preferable purchasing

  • Sustainable business practices

  • Environmental management systems

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Georgia Environmental Partnership

  • Pollution prevention assistance division (P2AD)

  • Department of biological and agricultural engineering (BAE), University of Georgia

  • Enterprise Innovation Institute (EII), Georgia Tech

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What is an EMS?

  • Framework that allows organizations to identify then manage their environmental responsibilities in a more systematic way

  • Method for improving environmental performance

  • Proactive, not reactive

  • Uses the continual improvement concept from quality management

  • Flexible system

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EMS Elements: Planning

  • Develop written environmental policy

  • Baseline resource use and waste

  • Determine significant aspects and impacts

  • Set action plans for priority aspects

  • General environmental awareness training

  • Control legal and other requirements

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Other EMS Elements

Implement (DO)

  • Establish roles and responsibilities

  • Establish procedures communicating EMS/environmental performance

  • Training

  • Emergency preparedness and employee incentive programs into your EMS

  • Documentation

  • Implement action plans

    Checking and corrective action (CHECK)

    Management Review (ACT)

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First steps

  • Obtain Top Management Commitment

  • Identify a Champion

  • Establish EMS Advisory Committee

  • Conduct Gap Analysis

  • Develop & Communicate Environmental Policy

  • Establish EMS Roles & Responsibilities

  • Identify Environmental Aspects & Impacts/Legal Requirements

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EMS Lingo

Environmental Aspect

Element of an organization’s activities, products, or services that can interact with and impact the environment


Surroundings in which an organization interacts, including air, water, land, natural resources, flora, fauna, humans, and their interrelation

Environmental Impact

Any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or partially resulting from an organization’s activities, products, or services

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Green Parks EMS Toolkit

  • The Toolkit is divided into 5 focus areas:

    1) Waste Streams – fact-sheets and worksheets on identifying waste creation at your park

    2) Operations – fact-sheets and worksheets for determining the environmental impact of your park’s operations

    3) Your Park – this section provides guidance and worksheets for developing an EMS for your park

    4) Help – this information about applicable environmental regulations and how to contact P2AD

    5) Promotion – CD resources for promoting your program

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Many topics of daily operation are covered:

Park Operations:

Solid Waste Management


Fleet & Equipment Management

Retail & Restaurants


Public & Employee Education

Many, many more

Green Parks EMS Toolkit (cont.)

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Your Park: this section lays out the steps to develop an EMS at your park to manage the potential environmental impacts you have identified at your park.

Six Step Environmental Management Plan:

Create an Environmental Policy Statement

Determine Environmental Priorities

Define Actions to Address Priorities

Implement the Plan

Measure Effectiveness


This will put your park on a path to sustainability and continuous environmental improvement

Green Parks EMS Toolkit (cont.)

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Green Parks EMS Toolkit (cont.)

  • The Toolkit has other resources on CD and the web


    • Consolidated List of Chemicals – EPA list of hazardous waste

    • Toolkit for Solid Waste Management

    • Energy Audit Workbook

    • Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual

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Keys to Success

  • Obtain commitment & support from top

  • Understand your organizational structure and open lines of communication between departments

  • Have food, drinks or snacks for meetings

  • End meeting with objectives, a to do list & date for next meeting

  • Respect the organization’s calendar and peoples’ time

  • Build upon existing aquarium practices - only develop new practices where gaps exist

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Next Steps

  • Establish an environmental team at your park: send a roster of members to P2AD

  • Draft an environmental policy: send a copy to P2AD

  • GAP Analysis: P2AD and GEP will be coming to your park this fall to perform this analysis

  • Baseline: P2AD will work with you to determine a baseline of energy, water use and waste generation at your park

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For Questions:


Thatcher Young

Pollution Prevention Advisor

404-651-5548 or