dpw3Fort Gordon Sustainability and Environmental Management System (SEMS)

Background: An environmental management system (EMS) is part of the installation's overall management system that integrates environmental concerns and issues in its management processes. The EMS addresses organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes, and resources for developing implementing, achieving, reviewing, and maintaining environmental policy.

Fort Gordon's Sustainability and Environmental Management System (SEMS) is an ongoing and systematic process of establishing priorities, managing and reducing environmental impacts, continually improving, and ultimately increasing readiness through sustainable programs. This approach to environmental protection promotes the Army's triple bottom line of Mission, Environment and Community, supports the Army's sustainability strategy, and is the collective responsibility of all installation personnel. This helps ensure Fort Gordon has the energy, land, air and water resources necessary to train and operate, today and in the future, in a world where there is increasing competition for resources.

Scope: Fort Gordon's Sustainability and Environmental Management System (SEMS) promotes mission readiness by focusing efforts on operations, activities, products and services that pose the greatest risk to the mission and/or the environment. fort Gordon's SEMS encompasses the entire installation, from fence line to fence line, and its scope includes all installation missions and facilities within the control or direct influence of Fort Gordon including tenant organizations and satellite areas (Gillem Enclave). All organizations within the Fort Gordon fence line will participate in the SEMS, to include garrison and non-garrison organizations, active Army units, Reserve and National Guard units, other DoD components, other Federal agencies, tenants, and on-site contractors. SEMS participants have the primary responsibility for implementing the elements of the SEMS related to their mission requirements.

Key Components: Fort Gordon has developed a SEMS Manual that describes the scope and core elements of Fort Gordon's SEMS. The manual outlines the concept of operations of the SEMS to conform to the international Organization of Standardization (ISO) standard for environmental management systems and is maintained at the DPW Environmental Division office. A copy of the current SEMS Manual which includes procedurews describing, managing, evaluating, and improving the SEMS is available here: Fort Gordon Sustainability and Environmental Management System (SEMS) Manual.


EMS Requirement Fort Gordon SEMS Key Component Where to Find Additional Information
 An Environmental Policy endorsed by top management and communicated to all personnel.  Garrison Commander's Policy Memorandum No. 69-Environmental Policy  
 The environmental aspects of activities, products, and services are identified to determine those that can have a significant impact on the environment.  The Cross Functional Team (CFT) is comprised of unit/organization Environmental Officers (EOs) and the DPW Environmental Division. The CFT identifies the activities, products and services performed by their units/organizations that may impact the environment and rank the most significant IAW established procedure. These are reviewed annually and used to develop objectives and targets to reduce negative impacts.

 Fort Gordon's significant aspects are:

  • Spills or releases to water, soil, or air
  • Energy consumption or conservation
  • Solid waste generation
  • Discharges (point and non-point) to ground or surface waters
  • Hazardous waste generation
  • Air emissions (vapors, particulate matter, dust, gas)
  • Ecological resource degradation or conservation
 Legal & Other Requirements are identified.  DPW Environmental Division maintains a list of all legal and other requirements applicable to the installation and related to its environmental aspects. When deficiencies are identified, corrective actions are developed and implemented.  
Environmental planning includes the identification of environmental objectives and targets. The CFT proposes objectives and targets to the EQCC for approval. Management Action Plans (MAPs) to meet objectives and targets are developed, and the organizations use the action plans to implement and track actions to meet the objectives, management plans and SOPs.  
 Planning should include the identification of environmental responsibilities organization/facility-wide.  Roles and responsibilities of key personnel within the Fort Gordon SEMS are outlined in the SEMS Manual. Specific environmental responsibilities are also documented in job descriptions, management plans and SOPs.  
 All personnel whose activities may create or affect the significant aspects or the environmental receive training.  DPW Environmental Division develops a training matrix of training requirements and an annual 2017 Environmental Training and Activity Calendar.  
 Internal and External Communication  Internal communication is used to maintain awareness of the Environmental Policy and SEMS through For Gordon webpage, monthly newsletters, CFT meetings, email, community outreach events, etc. External communication concerning the SEMS or environmental matters is coordinated through the PAO and DPW.  
Document Control and Records and Operational Controls  DPW Environmental Division maintains SEMS documents and records including management plans and environmental SOPs. Some compliance records are maintained at the unit/organizatio level (e.g., hazardous waste inspections, boiler and generator operating records, paint booth logs and inspections etc.  
 The installation must have organization, should have procedures and agreements in place to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

 The Directorate of Public Works (DPW), the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES), and the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security (DPTMS) are responsible for maintaining emergency preparedness and response procedures to: identify potential for accidents and emergency situations.

Responds to accidents and emergency situations. Prevent and mitigate the environmental impacts that may be associated with accidents and emergency situations.

Fort Gordon personnel that handle POL, hazardous materials and hazardous waste receive training on proper handling and spill prevention and response.

 Monitoring and Measuring, Evaluation of Compliance, Internal Augit, and Corrective & Preventive Actions  Units/organizations monitor and measure their environmental activities as appropriate (e.g., inspection checklists, calibrations, etc.) DPW Environmental Division performs Annual Environmental Performance Assessments (AEPA) of Fort Gordon's organizations/units for compliance with environmental requirements and conformance with SEMS. Deficiencies along with corrective and prevention actions are documented and tracked on the Installation Corrective Action Plan (ICAP) until closure. The ICAP is briefed to the EQCC quarterly.  
 Management Review  Fort Gordon's Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC) is chaired by teh Garrison Commander and is comprised of senior leadership. The EQCC meets quarterly and briefings include a review of the environmental performance, extent to which objectives and targets have been met, status of corrective and preventive actions, follow-up actions from previous management reviews, changing circumstances, including developments in legal and other requirements related to its environmental aspects, and recommendations for improvement.  

Key Items

EMS Policy

EMS Awareness Training

Sustainability Policy and other Garrisson Commander Policies that are related to SEMS and compliance

SEMS Manual

EQCC Briefing Schedule

Cross Functional Team

Contacts: Management Representative, SEMS coordinator, AEPA/EPAAS, Training

Significant Aspects and Impacts

Management Action Plans (MAPs)

Environmental Calendar

Green Matters Monthly Newsletter



The Garrison Commander's Sustainability Policy Memorandum is available as a PDF file.






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