Env. Management Systems and ISO 14001

Overview

An environmental management system (EMS) is a powerful tool to help businesses, governments and universities successfully meet today's financial and environmental challenges. EMSs help businesses chart a clear course to competitive advantage with strategies that improve their financial, environmental and social bottom lines. Governments and universities reap benefits of EMSs through improved control, reduced operating costs and strenghtened environmental performance.

As one of the eminent EMS firms in the Pacific Northwest, EI has a highly experienced team that can help you select the right approach to development of your organization’s management system, whether it be the internationally recognized and accepted ISO 14001, the Natural Step or other frameworks. Our team has provided EMS assistance to clients within diverse business sectors and all levels of government.

EI's experts bring to bear outstanding cross-disciplinary training in environmental science and engineering, financial and business management, and law. The EI team includes two of the first specialists in the United States to be certified by the Registrar Accreditation Board as ISO 14001 Lead Auditors and is well qualified to pave the way for a worry-free and successful ISO 14001 certification.

EI provides comprehensive services:

  • EMS Planning, Design, Development and Implementation
  • EMS Evaluation and Compliance Auditing
  • Training for Management and Employees
  • Negotiation and Coordination with Regulators

If you would like to discuss how EI can assist you with EMS services, please contact us at (206) 525-3362, or email us at staff@eiltd.net.

 

Example Projects

EMS Implementation Training

US Department of Veterans Affairs

EI developed and presented a federal facility workshop on EMS design and implementation for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in California. EI provided three two-day trainings on EMS implementation to VA staff who were implementing EMSs to meet EO 13148 mandates. For these trainings, EI developed interactive mechanisms of instruction to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and presented real word experiences as examples to make the training more practical and help clarify difficult concepts or areas of confusion. The courses included a slide show explaining the ins and outs of EMS planning and implementation, a question and answer exchange between the trainer and attendees, and group activities for the attendees to put into practice material presented in the slide show. The course and customized training materials developed for the course drew upon the instructor's considerable insight and real-life experience into the EMS implementation process at federal facilities.

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TESTIMONIALS

"I was impressed with the efficiency of the audit team members, who worked closely together to interview personnel in various positions …covering many environmental areas including the hazardous waste facility. The Team's ISO 14001 knowledge was extensive. The recommendations you provided in the audit report have helped ISC Kodiak further develop their EMS and improve their EMS implementation Process."

- Sunsan L. Boyle
Lead Environmental Specialist
US Coast Guard

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TESTIMONIALS

"The Siletz Tribe appreciates the work you have done to provide information on the state of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and the effect of pollutants on tribal members who consume fish from the Willamette River."

- Brenda Bremner
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

“I want to commend you and EI for your facilitation. The results of the facilitation were exceptional, with all parties leaving the table happy, surprised, and incredulous at how you got the group to come to consensus over issues on which we had been stuck for a long time.

- Jon Gornick
US Army Corps of Engineers

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TESTIMONIALS

“I have been consistently impressed by the high quality of the written work your office produces, as well as the remarkable breadth and depth of technical know-how you and your team have. I have been extremely satisfied with EI's ability to produce high-quality work while staying on time and on or under budget."

- Cathy Hendrickson
Georgetown Crime Prevention & Community Council

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TESTIMONIALS

"Throughout the two-year process of developing the rule [under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act], Dr. Bridgen was able not only to juggle the many tasks involved, and to produce high quality products on time, but to offer good alternatives for approaching problems encountered in the course of the project. Her involvement enabled the Agency to develop a good rule, within the time and budget allotted."

-Christine Augustyniak
Deputy Director
Environmental Assistance Division
US EPA

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TESTIMONIALS

“ Dr. Bridgen obviously has a great deal of EMS implementation experience, which gives her a wealth of examples to broaden and deepen the understanding of the principles and techniques that we are now incorporating at our facilities.“

- Laura Halterman
Department of Veterans Affairs

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TESTIMONIALS

"Attendees appreciated the opportunity to interact, communicate and relate their experiences and issues with one another. We were very successful in establishing a springboard for further interaction and resolution to the many issues facing the Native American communities …"

- Douglas W. Grosse
National Risk Management Research Labratory
US EPA

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TESTIMONIALS

"We would like to commend EI for your creative and thorough approach to address these issues of concern to the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC), stakeholders, and the public-at-large ... CIRCACV was very impressed by EI's exceptional understating of State and Federal law, through research, perceptive analysis, and their ability to work effectively with various stakeholders. "

- Rory Dabney
Program Coordinator
CIRCAC

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TESTIMONIALS

“EI's ability to coordinate among our partners in the cooperative process is impressive … EI has shown tremendous ability to ensure open channels of communication with us, with our partners and with those on the other side of the table. Even when negotiations have gotten particularly difficult, EI has demonstrated a sense of ethics and diplomacy, all the while ensuring that the Tribe's voice is heard. “

-Delores Pigsley
Tribal Council Chairman
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

“The Siletz Tribe appreciates the work you have done to provide information on the state of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and the effect of pollutants on tribal members who consume fish from the Willamette River."

- Brenda Bremner
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

"I want to commend the performance of EI and, in particular, Valerie Lee in the community involvement and communication effort associated with development of the Kalispel Tribe's EMS...This project is setting a precedent by developing an ISO 14001 compliant EMS to ensure that environmental issues receive the amount of attention that the Tribe, as a steward of the environment, believes they deserve."

-Scott Hall
Kalispel Tribe of Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

"I was impressed with the efficiency of the audit team members, who worked closely together to interview personnel in various positions …covering many environmental areas including the hazardous waste facility. The Team's ISO 14001 knowledge was extensive. The recommendations you provided in the audit report have helped ISC Kodiak further develop their EMS and improve their EMS implementation Process."

- Sunsan L. Boyle
Lead Environmental Specialist
US Coast Guard

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TESTIMONIALS

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council was very impressed by EI's exceptional understanding of State and Federal law, through research, perceptive analysis, and their ability to work effectively with various stakeholders.

- Rory Dabney
Program Coordinator
CIRCAC

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