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Welcome to the EMS Topic Hub™, a guide to basic information with links to additional on-line resources.

Background and Overview
This section briefly defines an SME, focuses on official definitions of an EMS, provides a table listing ten elements of a successful EMS, and describes who is best served by an EMS. Links to EMS frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided, along with links to databases of companies that have adopted an EMS.

Several approaches to an EMS exist. This section opens with links to resources that help an SME determine differences between various EMS certification protocols. A table is included that ties the ten elements of a successful EMS to ISO 14001 requirements. Several excellent resources are included to aid an SME that wants to develop a successful EMS, but is not immediately interested in seeking certification. Additionally, this section contains a short list of self-assessment tools to aid an SME in evaluating its current de facto EMS.

Reasons for Change
A decision to adopt an EMS represents an investment in change. This section provides access to resources that describe the benefits that an SME will consider prior to moving to EMS adoption.

P2 Opportunities
Experience has demonstrated that even a certified EMS cannot ensure compliance, much less waste reduction. A well-operated EMS can improve SME compliance, but it takes a well-planned and well-executed EMS to reduce waste. This section provides to a free tool and several tips about how to design P2 into an EMS.

Where To Go for P2 Help
The best place to find help is with others who have traveled the path ahead of you. SMEs do not always have the internal resources that provide common experience and EMS peers with whom to discuss implementation alternatives. This section currently provides links to national and global listservs that provide excellent opportunities for sharing experiences and finding mentors.

Complete List of Links
Lists all resources cataloged in this hub. If you know of resources relating to this topic, please let us know. We will review all suggestions and include them in the hub if they provide non-biased information not currently covered.


The Topic Hub™ is a product of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)

The EMS Topic Hub™ was developed by:

Southwest Network for Zero Waste
Southwest Network for Zero Waste
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Hub Last Updated: 3/14/2012

GLRPPR is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest).


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