Pollution Prevention and Environmental Management Systems

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and procedures that can enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. An EMS is an effective tool for businesses, institutions, municipalities and other organizations with intensive utility use or manufacturing facilities. DNR Pollution Prevention Services provides guidance and technical assistance to assist Iowa organizations in all phases of the EMS process.

  • Overview of EMS - Provides a general description of the EMS process, including the "plan, do, check, act" model and benefits of an EMS.
  • Elements of an EMS - Provides detail on key EMS steps, including gap analysis, policy, aspects and impacts, objectives and targets, EMS implementation and management review.

EMS Publications and Reports

  • Glossary of EMS Terms
  • EMS Fact Sheet
  • EMS Implementation Guide - This guide will explain environmental improvement terminology and provide solid ground for decisions for organizations seeking to add value, reduce risk and improve environmental performance via the design and implementation of a custom made EMS. Provides reasoning and guidance for implementing a value-added EMS.

EMS Resources

DNR Contact
Jeff Fiagle