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This is the Web site of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) facility Environmental Management System (EMS). This site provides information and resources related to TFHRC's facility EMS and its stewardship of the environment. What is an EMS?
An EMS is the process used by an organization to manage, review, correct, and improve the organization’s impact on the environment. An EMS offers a structured way to incorporate environmental considerations into day-to-day operations; it promotes continual improvement of the environment and human health. Essentially, an EMS brings together the people, policies, plans, review mechanisms, and procedures used to manage environmental issues at a facility or in an organization. Important EMS elements include continual improvement, management commitment, formalization, and awareness of a systems-based approach.
As the foremost highway transportation research facility in the Nation, the TFHRC leads the way in pursuit of knowledge to improve transportation infrastructure, operations, and safety. The EMS assists TFHRC in considering the environmental consequences of its activities and setting goals for reducing or mitigating adverse impacts. Finally, an EMS challenges and empowers individual employees to make environmentally friendly decisions in their day-to-day activities.
TFHRC provides FHWA and the world highway community with advanced research and development related to new highway technologies. TFHRC is committed to providing solutions for complex technical problems through the development of more economical, environmentally sensitive designs; more efficient, quality controlled constructions practices; and more durable materials. The end result is a safer, more reliable highway transportation system TFHRC is also committed to conducting its operations in an environmentally responsible manner using an EMS. This systematic, proactive approach to managing environmental issues helps protect the safety and health of TFHRC’s employees and contractors; embraces the concerns of neighborhoods, communities, and society as a whole; ensures compliance with Federal, State and local regulations; reduces the potential for operational disruptions; and demonstrates our overall commitment to environmental protection.
This program requires an annual self audit to ensure that we are properly implementing our EMS. The audit is designed to focus on those activities of greatest environmental importance within our mission, and provides an assessment of the TFHRC conformance with our EMS. The TFHRC EMS currently identifies three specific environmental management processes (EMPs) for focused attention:
Additionally, TFHRC laboratory managers were challenged to evaluate energy and water efficiencies and recycling, and to consider implementing more sustainable practices. For example, laboratory managers were asked to consider greener alternatives for certain hazardous chemicals and to become more aware of other ways to help minimize the environmental impact of laboratories at TFHRC. For more information about or to participate in any of these efforts, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formal environmental management systems emerged in the early 1990s to provide organizations with a proactive, systematic approach for managing the potential environmental consequences of their operations. Such systems have been widely adopted by industry and Government, and have been effective at improving regulatory compliance and environmental performance.
Current Federal guidance provides a holistic approach to integrating energy, environment, and human health considerations into mission implementation, and sets aggressive goals for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, acquisition, pollution prevention/recycling, high-performance buildings, fleet management, and electronics stewardship. The TFHRC EMS was set up in 2008 in compliance with the following:
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