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ISO-14001 is an international standard developed by a technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The standard was published in 1996 and was updated in 2004. The standard consists of specifications for developing and implementing environmental management systems (EMS). An EMS is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. ISO-14001 outlines 17 elements that must be followed if a facility wishes to be in conformance.
IDEM is actively involved with the environmental management system standard and has two voluntary recognition programs for businesses and communities that implement an EMS.
Indiana entities who achieve environmental objectives through creating and implementing an EMS may qualify to participate in the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). ESP is a voluntary, performance based leadership program designed to recognize and reward Indiana regulated entities for going above and beyond current environmental regulations. In return for their exemplary environmental performance, these establishments will receive program incentives including regulatory flexibility, public recognition, and networking opportunities.
The Indiana Comprehensive Local Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Community Challenge is a voluntary recognition program for local Indiana government. CLEAN helps communities take steps to plan, develop, and implement an environmental management system, also called a Quality of Life Plan. This plan includes gathering input and support from the community and local businesses.