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Environmental Management Systems and ISO 14001: Summary Report
regular basis to exchange information about facilities-related environmental programs, policies, and issues. The committee members, like environmental program managers in other types of organizations, are increasingly concerned about achieving and demonstrating sound environmental performance by meeting the requirements of environmental regulations and limiting the impacts of their products or services on the environment. To foster communication and address concerns about EMSs, the FFC Standing Committee on Environmental Engineering hosted a one-day workshop on Environmental Management Systems and ISO 14001. The workshop was held April 9, 1998, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
ORGANIZATION OF THIS REPORT
The next two sections of this report describe the structure of the workshop and summarize recurrent themes and issues that emerged during the course of the day. Narrative summaries of each presentation follow. Appendix A contains biographical sketches of the workshop's speakers. Appendix B contains a list of assistance and resource documents. Appendix C includes a list of Department of Defense (DOD) EMS pilot study sites.
The Workshop on Environmental Management Systems and ISO 14001 featured nine highly qualified speakers who shared their experiences with EMSs and ISO 14001 with an audience of approximately 50 federal, other public-sector, and private-sector environmental managers. George Glavis, chair of the FFC Standing Committee on Environmental Engineering, welcomed the speakers and participants to the workshop, described its purpose, and provided background information on the economic, social, and regulatory climate in which ISO 14001 and EMSs are to be implemented. He then introduced the keynote speaker, Joseph Cascio, lead U.S. delegate to the International Organization for Standardization and vice president of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. Mr. Cascio gave an overview of EMSs and the principles of ISO 14001.
A panel discussion on the "Use of Environmental Management Systems and ISO 14001 in the Public Sector" was moderated by Mary McKiel, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Standards Network. Dr. McKiel discussed the accreditation program associated with ISO 14001, pointing out that the use of the standard is completely voluntary, as is registration or certification. The panel featured Sarah Walsh, project manager with the Federal Facilities Enforcement Office, EPA; Larry Stirling, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, Department of Energy; Rick Drawbaugh, representing DOD, and Robert Stephens, Deputy Director for Science,