Bowdoin College, ME Introduces Environmental Management System

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Bowdoin College, ME, US

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Type: Program

Status: Established in 2007

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Introduction: Environmental Management System
Bowdoin is proud to announce the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) to help us coordinate our environmental compliance and campus greening efforts with greater efficiency and more broad-based input from the campus community. Modeled after the international ISO 14000 standard, this program will allow us to not only better manage our many and complex regulatory compliance issues, but provide a management tool to help develop, track, and implement in-house environmental programs that benefit both the College and the community at large.

In development since 2003 with the direct guidance of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), our EMS system was customized to meet the specific needs and goals of the College, to function seamlessly within our existing structure, and to best address the priorities we ourselves established. It was evident from the beginning that many environmental efforts such as recycling, energy conservation, cleaner fuels, green energy purchasing, pollution prevention, reduced air emissions, LEED-certified new construction, etc. were already underway on campus and that these would benefit from an EMS, with the added benefit of providing a valuable forum for discussing further ideas and efforts. Managed by an expanded Environmental Action Committee, as chaired by the Director of Facilities Operations and Management, the EMS provides a framework to assess such factors as the feasibility, cost, impact, etc., of existing and proposed programs; a means to apply measurable roadmarks and goals to those programs; and guidelines for documenting and auditing our compliance and progress.

Environmental Management Statement:
In keeping with the core values and guiding principles central to its educational mission, Bowdoin College is committed to the practice of environmental stewardship both in its current operations and its future planning, including but not limited to:

  • Compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances associated with protection of human health and the environment, to the best of our ability;
  • Philosophy of responsible care in its environmental policies and procedures, and for the wellbeing both of its employees and the community;
  • Ongoing assessment of innovative technologies and alternative methods applicable to its operations, including best management practices in pollution prevention and the responsible use of natural resources;
  • Establishment of measurable and auditable goals, and the regular reassessment of those goals;
  • Commitment by management and administration in implementing and maintaining its environmental programs;
  • Fostering of communication with, involvement of, and education of its employees;
  • Participation in selected environmental efforts promoted by government, industry, and the public, and promotion of its own programs in support of those efforts.

We Welcome Your Participation
Detailed information regarding the specific actions and metrics of the programs currently administered under the EMS may be obtained from Sustainable Bowdoin, or the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

Questions regarding the EMS itself, comments on its current programs, and suggestions for future environmental efforts may be submitted to the Director at [email protected].