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Prepared by the USGS Office of Administration, Office of Management Services, Environmental Management Branch

June 2016

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U.S.  Geological Survey Manual

Department of the Interior

U.S. Geological Survey

Environmental Management System Handbook 515-4-H

Date: 6/2016

OPR: Office of Administration/Office of Management Services/Environmental Management Branch


Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, directs the heads of each principle agency, to continue implementing formal Environmental Management Systems (EMS) where those systems have proven effective and deploy new EMSs where appropriate.   EMS is the USGS primary management tool that enables the USGS to comply with applicable laws and regulations, protect the environment, reduce environmental impacts, manage our activities and operations to be sustainable and efficient, and strive for continual improvement. 

The USGS EMS facilitates the implementation of the USGS environmental policy.   This Handbook expands on Survey Manual Chapter 515.4, Environmental Management System, the cornerstone of the USGS EMS, and outlines the processes that enable the EMS to operate efficiently and effectively.   Additionally, this Handbook defines and outlines the scope of the USGS EMS, its components and requirements, including the roles and responsibilities of the offices and groups involved in managing it, the processes by which the program operates, and includes means to maintain historical data, informational Web sites, and other resources. 

It is our duty as employees of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct our business and operations in a manner that protects our environment.   We strive to make decisions to reduce our environmental impact, which will afford future generations the opportunity to live in harmony with the environment.  


/s/ Jose R. Aragon                                                                                     June 28, 2016

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Jose R. Aragon                                                                                          Date
Associate Director for Administration


Created a Table of Contents.

Clarification on the performance indicators and performance actions in Eco-Action Plans were provided.(/p>

The acronym EAP was written in full to Eco-Action Plan or Plan.

Chapter 10 provided a reference to Chapter 15 Control of Records (Element 14).

Removed references to the General Guidance for Organizing USGS Products pending the Instructional Memorandum (IM) developed by the Office of Information and Investment Management.

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