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Environmental Management System

The citywide Environmental Management System (EMS) was developed to create a framework for reducing the environmental impacts of City operations and services, such as chemical use, fleet management, land use permitting, and facilities maintenance (see below for links to some of these programs). The framework establishes environmental policies, roles and responsibilities, enhances cross-departmental communications and provides a reporting structure.

The Office of Environmental Management guides governmental operations toward sustainability by coordinating implementation of Seattles EMP and the Mayors Environmental Strategy. The mission of the EMP is to foster the Citys compliance with environmental laws, to assist departments to reduce environmental impacts from operations, and to improve environmental performance. Areas of City operations that most impact the environment have been identified, from landscape management to use of chemicals to fleet fuel use. Policies to improve the Citys environmental performance in each of those areas have been developed for inclusion in the EMP. Click here for more information.

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