Several developing, ongoing programs within the OSC Environment include:
|OSC Environmental Mission|
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The mission of the OSC Environmental Section is to oversee compliance with applicable environmental requirements and to elevate the importance of environmental stewardship throughout the NHDOT. OSC achieves this by:
The Department's goal is 100% environmental compliance for Operations' facilities. By developing environmental programs, maintaining an Environmental Management System (EMS), and through an internal auditing program, an effective structure for continuous improvement is in place to help achieve that goal. The EMS is based on a repeating cycle of planning/doing/checking/acting and uses lessons learned to plan, make improvements, and start the cycle again. The internal auditing program works alongside the EMS to identify any problems (checking) and to help find solutions through root cause analysis and the corrective action process (acting). Likewise, the consistent findings of compliance demonstrate that Operations' planning and doing is working well.
|Environmental Management System (EMS)|
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a framework for using a continuous improvement approach to develop, implement and revise the policies, procedures, and programs that address how an organization's activities impact the natural environment. Its goal is to improve environmental performance by reducing or preventing the pollution associated with its operations and use of resources.
The EMS begins by developing an environmental policy that declares the overall goals and principles. Activities that interact with the environment are identified and their impacts are ranked according to severity. Objectives and targets to reduce and eliminate the most significant potential impacts are developed and incorporated into a management plan of action. During implementation, the procedures, resources, and training necessary for carrying out the action plan are identified and responsibilities assigned. The EMS has an on-going, built-in review process to determine the effectiveness of the program and to consider and propose improvements. It also requires periodic review by top management to ensure continued suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness.
The goal of the NHDOT recycling program is to improve our environmental stewardship by increasing the percentage of waste that is recycled and also by increasing our awareness and capacity to recycle more materials. Additionally, we strive to reduce the amount of waste that the Department generates through smart business practices and reuse programs.
Currently, efforts are underway to expand recycling within the JO Morton Building and the Materials and Research Building. With the enactment of House Bill 877, recycling at all state agencies throughout New Hampshire will be guided by the Interagency Recycling and Products Purchase Committee.
Currently recycled materials at the Morton and Materials & Research Buildings:
Some reuse, recycling and waste reduction tips: