- Contact information
- For more information on Green Tier EMS, contact:
- Tom Eggert
Environmental assistance coordinator
Green Tier and Environmental Management Systems
Creating business value through comprehensive performance management
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 to ISO 14000) at the time of application with a documented history of results.
Environmental Management Systems: An introduction
An EMS is a tool to help your organization understand its environmental impacts and systematically operate more efficiently by reducing energy usage, minimizing waste and reducing pollution. Proactively addressing environmental impacts helps your organization protect public health and Wisconsin’s natural resources, find and utilize the most cost effective corrective measures and avoid costly noncompliance fees.
A comprehensive look at your environmental impacts can also lead to innovative ways to improve conditions for employees, strengthen relationships with the community, impress existing clients and attract new ones.
Instead of simply following mandated environmental procedures, an effective EMS guides exploration of environmental opportunities that are compatible with your organization's current practices.
Continual economic and environmental improvement
An EMS is a way to manage your company's environmental impacts in a manner that creates continual environmental and economic improvement through the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" cycle.
The basics of "Plan, Do, Check, Act"
- Plan - Formulate an environmental policy, stating environmental goals, intentions and an overall mission. Set specific goals to improve environmental performance, detailing how your organization will meet those goals and employee responsibilities in meeting these goals.
- Do - Delegate responsibilities, set-up and conduct employee training, communicate EMS goals and procedures with employees, and implement the EMS.
- Check – Assess environmental impacts, goal attainment and methods used to monitor and measure environmental impacts from implementing your EMS. Record past environmental issues and the mechanisms utilized to prevent recurrence.
- Act – Evaluate your EMS in terms of effectiveness and appropriateness for reaching company goals. Identify new goals and make adjustments to the EMS.
- The EPA has a comprehensive EMS website, providing an understanding of all aspects of environmental management systems. Case studies of EMS success stories and detailed implementation guides are included.
- The International Finance Cooperation of the World Bank Group offers extensive EMS information, detailing the benefits of developing an EMS, success stories and guides to developing your own system.
- The Wisconsin Partnerships for Livestock [exit DNR] offers a discussion of the successes that have come from utilizing environmental management systems in the dairy industry.
- Want to check on your compliance status before beginning the EMS process? Wisconsin's Environmental Compliance Audit Program can help.