Fort Detrick
Environmental Management Office (EMO)

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201 Beasley Drive, Suite 216
Fort Detrick, MD 21702

Phone: 301-619-0044

About EMS

Environmental Management System (EMS)

At Fort Detrick, being a good environmental steward is everyone's business.

Performing tasks in an environmentally safe and sound manner benefits us all by protecting the health of the surrounding ecosystem, preserving resources for future generations, minimizing mission impact due to non-compliance issues, and saving money by decreasing wasted resources.

What is ISO 14001?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed the ISO 14001 standard to provide a set of internationally recognized criteria for EMS. The Army adopted the ISO 14001 model because it is a global standard that will help the Army meet its global mission. It will also allow the Army to align with industry best practices. ISO 14001 provides a common framework by which all Army programs can be structured. Fort Detrick has implemented and uses the ISO 14001 standard as a best management practice for environmental management. It is designed to identify, prioritize, and minimize environmental impacts and continually improve environmental management. The ISO 14001 standard is based on a Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle and has five major components; Policy, Planning, Implementation and Operation, Checking and Corrective Action, and Management Review. Fort Detrick has an Environmental Policy in place, and has defined its environmental aspects and its tasks and measures.

If you would like more information on the Fort Detrick EMS, please contact the EMS Program Manager at 301-619-1266, or email us.


Frequently asked questions pertaining to the Army's EMS can be found at U.S. Army Sustainability.

DoD and Army EMS Policy and Guidance — The Department of Defense and the Army have developed extensive policy and guidance documents since 2001.

About ISO (International Organization for Standardization) — The ISO 14000-series of standards is primarily concerned with environmental management. This series discusses how an organization can actively minimize harmful effects to the environment caused by its activities.

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Fort Detrick EMS Requirements

Executive Order (EO) 13514, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance," was signed by President Obama on 5 October 2009. This EO does not rescind/eliminate the requirements of EO 13423. Instead, it expands on the energy reduction and environmental performance requirements for Federal agencies identified in EO 13423.

On January 24, 2007, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order (EO) 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management". This order sets goals in the areas of energy efficiency, acquisition, renewable energy, toxic reductions, recycling, renewable energy, sustainable buildings, electronics stewardship, fleets, and water conservation. In addition the order requires more widespread use of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) as the framework in which to manage and continually improve this order's sustainable practices.

EO 13423 consolidates five prior EOs and integrates the sustainable practices of those orders into a more cohesive approach to environmental and energy management. EO 13148, "Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management", is one of the consolidated EOs. EO 13148 included initial requirements to implement EMS at all appropriate agency facilities by 31 December 2005. Fort Detrick is considered an "appropriate" facility and has met the requirements of this EO.

Environmental Aspects and Impacts

Environmental aspects and environmental impacts exist in a cause and effect relationship with each other. Environmental aspects are elements of Fort Detrick's activities that can potentially interact with the environment. Examples are air emissions, energy consumption, and spills. Environmental impacts are changes to the environment resulting from an environmental aspect. Examples of these are air pollution, resource depletion, and soil and water pollution.

Generally, the environmental aspects of Army installation activities, products, and services fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Air emissions (vapor, particulate matter, or gas)
  • Waste generation (hazardous, solid, or other special waste products)
  • Discharges, spills, or other releases (leaching) to soil or the surface or ground water, including intentional applications of pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides
  • Noise, vibration, heat, light, or radiation generation
  • Natural resource or ecological system alteration (conservation or consumption)
  • Cultural resource alteration (conservation or degradation)
  • Energy consumption (depletion or conservation)

Fort Detrick Sustainable Strategic Planning Teams are in place and actively working on targets aimed at minimizing the impacts of Fort Detrick activities.

Environmental Tasks and Measures

In addition to committing to compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and requirements, Fort Detrick Sustainable Strategic Planning (SuSP) Teams develop and actively manage installation EMS tasks and measures to minimize environmental impacts of Fort Detrick activities. Current Fort Detrick SuSP Teams work to:

  • Reduce air emissions
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Reduce water resource impacts
  • Increase recycling rate
  • Improve overall environmental education and outreach

Fort Detrick Personnel Involvement

All personnel who work at Fort Detrick are responsible for knowing:

  • the requirements of the Fort Detrick Environmental policy
  • how your job impacts the environment
  • and adhering to the procedures of your job
  • the potential environmental impacts of departing from the procedures of your job
  • the legal and other environmental requirements of your job

Fort Detrick U.S. Army Garrison and Mission Partner management oversee the development of the EMS through participation in quarterly Fort Detrick Environmental Quality Control Committee meetings. EMS tasks, measures, and environmental programs are briefed in this forum and SuSP Teams implement management decisions from these meetings.

Sustainability Is Keystone

This Army Strategy for the Environment represents such a change in Army thinking. It represents a major advancement in the Army's appreciation of the interdependence between our mission, the community, and the environment. It builds on the knowledge and experience gained since the Army's last environmental strategy was published in 1992 - a strategy based on the four pillars of conservation, restoration, pollution prevention, and compliance. This Strategy applies a community, regional, and ecosystem approach to managing natural resources on our installations. It incorporates the principles of sustainability across the Army and into all functional areas.

This is a strategy for a Campaign Quality Army with Joint and Expeditionary Capabilities that is dominant across the full spectrum of operations. The Army will continually incorporate environmental considerations in all contingency and combat operations, as our environmental stewardship inevitably becomes a contributing factor in achieving stability. This is a strategy for a homeland that is protected, an environment that is sustained, and waterways and ecological resources that are preserved as natural and economic assets, and an Army that is trusted by the public.

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