DeCA ISO-14001 EMS

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) provides food and other products to the U.S. military worldwide. RS&H developed and implemented a global ISO-14001 conformant Environmental Management System (EMS) to  integrate sustainable operations at more than 250 facilities in 13 countries. As a result, DeCA EMS projects reduce energy and water use and increase recycling, sustainable acquisition, efficient design and compliance. To date, the EMS has yielded more than $100 million in net revenue and cost avoidance. In 2006, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld recognized the EMS for outstanding environmental performance. 
RS&H has assisted DeCA with designing, implementing, and maintaining the centralized EMS for its worldwide operations since 2003. As part of the EMS, the team identified nine significant environmental aspects and developed individual environmental management programs for each. The environmental aspects include:

  • Waste management
  • Energy and water management
  • Green purchasing
  • Integrated pest management
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Hazardous material management
  • Refrigerant management
  • Electronic stewardship
  • Greenhouse gas inventories

The environmental management programs detail specific goals, objectives, targets, strategies, action plans, metrics, and risk/impacts associated with each environmental aspect.

DeCA’s ISO-14001 EMS continually improves and evolves to maintain sustainable programs that protect the environment, enhance the agency’s public image, deliver ongoing revenue, achieve cost avoidance, and ensure compliance with ever-changing environmental requirements.

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Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)