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.
The purpose and philosophy of the EMS program can best be summed up by the incorporated 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:
The following programs (in no particular order of importance) are currently being administered under the EMS; those noted on bold have achieved the initial objectives or numerical targets set by the committee, and continue to operate with the goal of continual improvement.
|Hazardous Waste||Annual reductions exceeding regulatory goals||Ongoing, Goals Met
|Solid Waste||Improve recycling/disposal ratio (35/65%)||Ongoing|
|Recyclables||Improve recycling/disposal ratio (35/65%)||Ongoing|
|Air Emissions||Annual reductions exceeding regulatory goals||Ongoing, goals met, setting new goals
|Building Inefficiencies||Increase overall energy efficiency||Ongoing|
|Water Use||Reduce overall water use||Ongoing|
|Power Cogeneration||Reduce dependency on outside resources||Scheduled for 2011
|Heating Alternatives||Reduce fuel use by 5% per degree day||Achieved|
|Building Practices||Increase sustainability of campus buildings||Ongoing|
|PCB Transformers||Remove all PCB-containing transformers||Achieved|
|Alternative Fuels||Maximize use of bio-fuels and cooking wastes||Ongoing|
|Green Energy||Increase green energy purchasing to 100%||Achieved|
|Green Culture||Inclusion of green philosophy in all planning||Achieved|
|Green Products||Increase green product use to 100%||Ongoing|
|Food Wastes||Buying local and reducing wastes||Ongoing|
|Pesticides/Herbicides||Minimize landscaping chemical use||Achieved|
|Grounds Management||Manage landscape resources efficiently||Achieved|
|Junk Mail||Minimize volume of unwanted waste paper||Ongoing|
|Electronic Wastes||Reduce volumes of e-wastes disposed||Ongoing|
|Groundwater Protection||Compliance with the Aquifer Protection Plan||Ongoing|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page was updated July 22, 2010