Listed below are recent developments pertinent to Environmental Management Systems from the past six months. If you would like to suggest a recent development on this topic, please submit a short description to AASHTO (including any pertinent links) on theShare Info with AASHTO form.
FTA Offers Assistance on Environmental, Sustainability Management Systems
The Federal Transit Administration is accepting applications for Round 5 of its Environmental and Sustainability Management Systems (ESMS) training and technical assistance. Transit agencies chosen through the competitive process will receive assistance in implementing an ESMS, including information about procedures to ensure that an organization’s daily operations comply with environmental regulations and support stewardship objectives. The workshops, conducted by the Virginia Tech Center for Excellence for Environmental Management, will be held in 2016. An ESMS addresses operation and management topics such as energy conservation, efficient water use, vehicle emission reduction, materials recycling, and management of hazardous materials. Signed letters of application are due by Oct. 30, 2015. For more information, link to the announcement. (9-29-15)
Three States Receive Funding for EMS, Environmental Results Programs
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $825,000 to Missouri, New Hampshire, and the Narragansett Bay Commission in Rhode Island to support innovative approaches for improving permitting programs. The funding is provided under the agency’s State Innovation Grant program. The grant recipients will receive $275,000 each to test several permitting innovations, including the use of environmental management systems (EMS) and an Environmental Results Program (ERP). For more information, link to the EPA release. (10-30-08)
Six Maryland transportation agencies have signed an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under which the state agencies will assess their compliance with seven federal environmental statutes, with the obligation of identifying problems and disclosing violations to EPA. The six state agencies that signed the agreement are the State Highway Administration, Port Administration, Aviation Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, Transportation Authority, and the Secretary's Office in the Department of Transportation. The agencies can train their own staff to perform the audits or work with third-party professional auditors whose credentials must be verified by EPA. The agencies must correct all violations. For more information, link to the EPA press release and EPA’s audit policy. (10/1/08)