|An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a system that: |
incorporates people, procedures, and work practices in a formal structure to ensure that the important environmental impacts of the organization are identified and addressed,
promotes continual improvement by periodically evaluating environmental performance,
involves all members of the organization as appropriate, and
actively involves senior management in support of the environmental management program.
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The scope of the NASA EMS covers all activities, products and services that fall under the control or influence of NASA/SSC Management including, but not limited to, construction of facilities, facility maintenance and operations, procurement, research and development, testing, assembly, equipment maintenance, programs, mission deployment, and waste disposal.The NASA EMS is built on the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" model which leads to continual improvement through:
identifying environmental aspects and impacts and establishing goals to address those impacts (Plan),
implementing programs and operation controls to meet established goals (Do),
monitoring and performing corrective action to determine success of implementation
reviewing progress and taking actions to make needed changes to the EMS (Act).
NASA at Stennis Space Center currently has an Environmental Management Plan that delineates objectives, targets, and goals for six programs. These programs are Energy Consumption, Water Consumption, Sustainable Facilities, Remediation, Hazardous Waste, and Solid Waste.