Environmental Management & Guidance

The Environmental, Health and Safety division of Risk Management is responsible for guiding environmental compliance and stewardship activities throughout the county and schools.

Commitment to the Environment

Risk Management’s commitment to the environment is multi-faceted:

  • The joint County & Schools Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability Commitment Statement developed by Risk Management defines our commitment to the protection of the environment
  • The Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Division was created in the Risk Management Department in 2017:
    • consolidated county & school EHS programs
    • staffed with certified environmental & safety professionals
    • provide support for environmental compliance activities for County and CCPS
  • A county-wide Environmental, Health & Safety Management System has been developed using ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 framework as the template for continuous environmental and safety improvement.

In the County

  • Environmental regulatory updates are regularly distributed by Risk Management to departments throughout the county
  • Risk Management reviews projects, special events and other activities to manage risks, ensure environmental compliance and share best practices
  • Risk Management establishes many county and schools environmental policies and operational controls; among them:
    • Stormwater pollution prevention procedure for roads, streets, and parking lot maintenance
    • SMART procedure for spills and an Environmental Incident response and reporting
    • Environmental Best Practices guidance for county and schools
  • The EHS division conducts periodic environmental and safety compliance assessments

In the Schools

There have been a number of improvements and successful campaigns related to environmental practices implemented in the schools over the past several years. Performance has greatly improved.

  • Some of these efforts include:
    • Best Practices Manual for stormwater pollution prevention
    • Environmental Awareness training module required annually for all CCPS staff
    • Quarterly inspection procedure for stormwater pollution prevention at CCPS maintenance facilities
  • Increased efforts for proper disposal and management of chemical wastes in schools, including:
    • Science room laboratory wastes/expired chemicals
    • Water treatment chemicals, 
    • Oil-based paints 
    • Recycling of fluorescent lighting