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The Environment Section is responsible for providing Department employees with the information and support necessary to achieve and maintain environmental compliance. In addition, the OSC provides the knowledge, programming and outreach to identify and incorporate best practices to improve the environmental stewardship of the Department overall.

Several developing, ongoing programs within the OSC Environment include:

OSC Environmental Mission
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Employees collaborate about
environmental issues.

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:

  • Auditing, documenting, tracking, and reporting regulatory compliance. In this capacity, by recommending corrective actions and, if warranted, root cause analysis.
  • Managing the Department's EMS and ensuring that it remains compliant with ISO14001:2004.
  • Developing programs, providing training, and the sponsorship of "green" initiatives.
  • Maintaining the Department's Inventory of Managed Properties Database
  • Providing technical expertise as needed.
  • Acting as a Liaison with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services on regulatory compliance matters.

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)
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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.
NHDOT Recycles

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:

  • Paper
  • Glass bottles
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Plastics
  • 1 and 2 Ink Cartridges

Some reuse, recycling and waste reduction tips:

  • If no can and bottle bins are located near your office, consider converting a trash can into a community recycling bin and take turns bringing it to the closest bin.
  • Keep a paper-for-recycling box at your desk and bring it to a paper recycling bin when it gets too full. This also gives you a little more time to decide if you're really done with something!
  • Save old folders and binders in a community location within the office to reuse later! This can save money on office supplies!
  • If you have a double-sided printer in the office, set printing settings on your computer to default to double sided. Then, you don't have to think about it! If you need help with this, contact Ross Malcolm at 271-3795 or Russ St. Pierre at 271-5587. Stay tuned for expanded recycling and reuse opportunities in the future, including cardboard, plastics 1-7, rechargeable batteries, electronics and recycling volunteer opportunities!

Recycling Documents:





New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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