In 2006 Wisconsin Army National Guard (WIARNG) enacted environmental quality goals specifically designed to protect the environment and conserve Wisconsin’s natural resource heritage both for ourselves and future generations.
The Environmental Management System (eMS), promises to promote and honor these goals through policies and training intended to improve and enhance WIARNG as stewards of the environment.
WIARNG has adopted the following Environmental Quality Goals:
Step #1 : Policy
Plan of action that sets objectives and targets through regulations and policy letters – each eMS policy should:
Step #2 : Planning
Critical examination and development of programs designed to reduce and/or eliminate the environmental impact of specific actions. The following is considered in the planning stage:
Step #3 : Implementation and Operation
Outlines program training and awareness of:
Step #4 : Checking and Corrective Action
Intensive monitoring system that:
Step #5 : Management Review
Program review by senior management to ensure the program is suitable, adequate and effectivee
To determine potential impacts of WIARNG operations on the environment, WIARNG relies on environmental compliance programs to identify aspects of solid/hazardous waste management, air emissions and wastewater management.
To identify significant aspects the cross-functional team conducted an analysis based on the functional areas of WIARNG operations. These areas include, but are not limited to:
Army and EPA environmental management system guidelines are followed to identify and prioritize environmental aspects and impacts. They are as follows:
From this analysis, the following four activities WIARNG performs were found to be the most significant:
As of 2022, the WIARNG has determined that it’s most significant aspects include the following:
Targets & Objectives
To guide our efforts and ensure continual improvement, WIARNG established a set of short and long-term environmental objectives and targets established to conform with requirements, pollution prevention (P2) activities and continual improvement initiatives. Issues covered include:
In 20 years WIARNG worked to make significant progress recognizing many successes towards improved environmental performance, particularly through its P2, waste minimization and training programs. Feasibility studies identified opportunities for improvement to assist in setting formal objectives and targets.