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  1. WHAT IS EMS? EMS Awareness Training Wallops Flight Facility Environmental Office

  2. Instructions for Web-based Training • This training will take 20-30 minutes to complete • Please select “slide show” at the top of the screen and then “view show” to view the presentation on the full screen with it animations • Ensure that you have a quiet room to work through the slides and that the volume on your computer is at an audible level • Work through the slides by clicking “page down” or the left mouse button, and return to previous slides by using the “page up” button • Take the test and present the answers to your supervisor for their review • A certificate to demonstrate your successful completion of the course will be sent to you shortly afterwards

  3. We Are Privileged To Be Here • We are all privileged to be able to conduct our NASA mission in such a pristine natural environment • We need to make sure we do not jeopardize that privilege • While carrying out our mission, we need to: • Be aware of the impacts that we can have • Recognize our individual responsibilities for environmental management • Work together to manage environmental impacts effectively

  4. Video Click the image below to play the video. After it has finished playing, close the player and resume this presentation to continue. Caroline Massey Assistant Director of Management Operations

  5. Agenda • What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)? • Why an EMS? • What is our Environmental Policy? • How Can I Contribute?

  6. What is an EMS? • A risk-based framework for environmental protection • A means to better control the ways we might impact our environment at WFF • A mindset that is proactive rather than reactive

  7. What is an EMS? (continued) • A systematic process that considers all personnel whose work activities could impact the environment • NASA employees • NASA partners and contractors • Vendors and visitors

  8. Why an EMS? • It enables us to more effectively use natural resources and protect the environment • It helps to ensure consistency and rigor in our existing environmental initiatives • It drives continual improvement in our environmental performance

  9. Why an EMS? (continued) • It provides official certification and endorsement of WFF’s environmental efforts • e.g., by NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency or Virginia Department of Environmental Quality • It supports the Goddard Space Flight Center’s “Environmental Policy”

  10. What is our Environmental Policy? • A statement of our values and our commitment to protect the environment while fulfilling our mission goals • A framework for action • A means for setting environmental objectives and targets

  11. What is Our Environmental Policy?(continued) • Environmental requirements relate to the following focus areas: • Hazardous waste management • Restoration • Remediation of contaminated sites • Environmental justice (public impact considerations) • Pollution prevention • Water and air management • Energy conservation • Protection of cultural and natural resources

  12. Goddard Space Flight Center’s Environmental Policy - GPD 8500.1A The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) missions expand knowledge of the Earth and its environment, the solar system, and the universe. To maintain our nation’s leadership in this endeavor, GSFC commits to conducting missions in a manner that promotes environmental stewardship. As an integral part of all mission planning and implementation, GSFC’s environmental policy is to: • Consider the neighboring natural environment while executing GSFC’s mission; • Comply with applicable Federal, state, and local legislation and regulations; Executive Orders (EO); NASA policies and other requirements; • Prevent pollution and conserve natural resources; • Implement pragmatic and cost effective solutions to environmental problems; • Communicate with GSFC’s family, our partners and the public; and • Continue to improve our environmental performance through our Environmental Management System (EMS) including: (1) Promote awareness through education and training; (2) Consider the environment as we do our jobs; (3) Explore advances in environmental technology (4) Provide a framework for setting objectives and targets. These commitments enable each of us to do our part for environmental stewardship in our backyard.

  13. What Does This Mean to Us? • We work, live and play in this environment • We care deeply about our environment • We want to protect and preserve it for our children and our children’s children • Therefore, we commit to: • Consider the environment as we do our jobs • Comply with the law • Prevent pollution and conserve natural resources • Promote ideas for improvement • Communicate with each other “Because …. It’s your backyard”

  14. How Can We Contribute? Consider how you can help contribute to the following: • What can we do to prevent pollution? • What can we do to preserve wildlife, protected species, their habitat, and Wallops natural environment? • What can we do to conserve our resources? • What should we do in the event of an environmental emergency?

  15. What Can We Do to Prevent Pollution? • Follow work instructions • Dispose all waste in the correct container • Use spill containment equipment • Use designated vehicle washing areas • If you are unsure……Ask your supervisor or call the Environmental Office at Ext. 1718

  16. What Can We Do To Protect Species and Habitats? Peregrine Falcon • Report Wildlife Incidents: a. Dead, stranded, beached marine wildlife b. Injured animals or birds c. Dead birds (West Nile Virus concerns) d. Presence of non-native species such as feral cats • Know what species are protected at Wallops (Piping Plover nesting areas, peregrine falcons, etc) • Report inadvertent damage to natural habitats: a. Unauthorized debris piles b. Unsecured silt fences c. Flooding, erosion, or contaminated run-off d. Sheens, suspect pollution, or debris in wetlands or tidal areas Piping Plover Silt Fence

  17. What Can We Do To Conserve Resources? • Use Water Wisely: a. Fix or report leaking faucets or spigots to the WFF Helpdesk b. Use water sparingly during drought periods • Use Power Sparingly: a. Turn off lights in rooms not in use b. Use surge protection c. Keep windows and doors closed • Practice Sound Recycling & Waste Minimization Measures: a. Recycle your white paper, aluminum cans, and cardboard b. Procure or requisition materials with recycled content c. Avoid unnecessary duplication or copying d. Recycle your oil and other solvents e. Choose “Environmentally Friendly” goods and products

  18. What Should We Do in the Event of an Emergency? • For emergencies such as: spills and releases, notify the Wallops Fire Department at: Ext. 911 or 757-824-1333 (if using a mobile phone) • For non-emergency environmental issues, please contact the Wallops Environmental Office at Ext. 1718 • If you are unsure, call the Wallops Fire Department

  19. Negative Environmental Impacts

  20. Loss of Essential Resources (erosion of woodlands, habitats, wetlands) Soil erosion – WFF 2003

  21. Water Pollution Styrofoam Oil Sheen WFF - 2003

  22. Air Pollution (smog) Emissions from processes and vehicles

  23. Human Health and Ecological Risk Factors(haz waste carcinogens, etc.) Soil and Groundwater Contamination WFF Fire Training Area - 1988

  24. Negative Socio-economic Impacts & Lost Revenue Loss of local industry

  25. Positive Environmental Impacts

  26. A Vibrant Local Economy Our Efforts Can Help Our Local Environment Uncontaminated Resources & High Quality of Life Chincoteague Channel – July 2004 Chincoteague Channel – July 2004

  27. EMS is Environmental Responsibility! We all have a role to play in protecting our environment and supporting the WFF mission Remember………….“It’s Your Backyard!”

  28. Video Click the image below to play the video. After it has finished playing, close the player and resume this presentation to continue. Craig Purdy – EMS Champion

  29. I love quizzes! EMS QuizPlease take the quiz. Print and complete the EMS Certification and deliver to course trainer.