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Environmental Management Systems (EMS) / Risk Management


Environmental Management Systems (EMS) is an overall agency approach to managing environmental activities by focusing on improved environmental performance that complies with legislation and regulations.

EMS supports risk management practices that help identify the potential positive or negative impacts of NASA products, activities, and services. EMS supports an agency approach to risk management that achieves appropriate coverage and manages environmentally driven risks. These risks are frequently cross-cutting in nature and simultaneously affect multiple programs, projects, and mission support activities.

EMS fulfills its role by:

  • Incorporating people, procedures, and work practices into a formal structure to ensure that the important environmental impacts of the organization are identified and addressed;
  • Promoting continual improvement, including periodically evaluating environmental performance.
  • Involving all members of the organization, including senior management

How Environmental Management Systems / Risk Management Supports NASA’s Mission

The EMS allows NASA programs to function in more environmentally friendly ways and improves the success and environmental impact of NASA missions. It streamlines risk management through risk-informed decision making and continuous risk management processes with environmental considerations, facilitating the growth of the agency as a green organization.

Environmental Management Systems / Risk Management Regulatory Drivers

NASA Procedural Directives (NPDs) and NASA Procedural Requirements (NPRs)

Federal Regulations

Executive Orders (EO)

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Environmental Management Systems / Risk Management Point of Contact

Jennifer Flavin