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Environmental Management System

a cleaner port, a brighter future

The Los Angeles Harbor Department initiated a pilot Environmental Management System (EMS) in 2003, centered on its largest division: Construction and Maintenance. In 2007, the EMS was certified to ISO 14001, the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems.

The overall goal of the EMS is to drive systematic continual environmental improvements through the use of a Plan-Do-Check-Act model where current and planned practices are evaluated based on their potential environmental impact.  Improvements are being achieved through an innovative education and communication program that incorporates all levels of staff into the environmental management process.  Since implementing the EMS, employees are engaged with the system on a daily basis, creating a sense of ownership and accountability.  There have been measurable improvements in recycling, minimization of hazardous waste streams, increased pollution prevention activities, and improved environmental awareness and compliance. 

The Harbor Department’s implementation and certification of the EMS provides an example for all Port of Los Angeles tenants, and further emphasizes the Harbor Department’s commitment to continual improvement.

Environmental Management Policy

Adopted August 27, 2003

The Port of Los Angeles is committed to managing resources and conducting Port developments and operations in both an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner. The Port will strive to improve the quality of life and minimize the impacts of its development and operations on the environment and surrounding communities through the continuous improvement of its environmental performance and the implementation of pollution prevention measures, in a feasible and cost effective manner that is consistent with the Port's overall mission and goals, as well as with those of its customers and the community. 

To ensure this policy is successfully implemented the Port will develop and maintain an environmental management program that will:  

1. Ensure this environmental policy is communicated to Port staff, its customers, and the community;  

2. Ensure compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations;

3. Ensure environmental considerations include feasible and cost effective options for exceeding applicable regulatory requirements;  

4. Define and establish environmental objectives, targets, and best management practices and monitor performance;

5. Ensure the Port maintains a Customer Outreach Program to address common environmental issues; and  

6. Fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee of the environment for succeeding generations through environmental awareness and communication with employees, customers, regulatory agencies, and neighboring communities.

The Port is committed to the spirit and intent of this policy and the laws, rules and regulations, which give it foundation.

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