An environmental management system provides a systematic approach to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, prevention of pollution, and continual environmental improvement. For more information on EMSs please visit our website.
Formal EMS training is scheduled based on member interest. Individual on-site assistance is provided upon request.
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DENR's Environmental Stewardship Initiative is designed to promote and encourage superior environmental performance by North Carolina's regulated community. This voluntary program is available at no cost to our members. It provides technical assistance and networking opportunities to stimulate the development and implementation of programs that use pollution prevention and innovative approaches to meet and go beyond regulatory requirements. This program seeks to reduce the impact on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits.
The ESI has three levels of participation. At the entry level is the Environmental Partner, Rising Environmental Steward is the mid level of the program, and the highest level is the Environmental Steward. Each level must meet certain criteria and will earn benefits based on the level of participation.
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Any organization looking to improve their environmental performance is eligible to apply to the program. Multi-site applications are only accepted at the Partner level.
This includes, but is not limited to:
Applications are accepted year-round. Rising Stewards and Stewards are reviewed after five years to assess if the facilities continue to meet the criteria set for each level and overall program goals. All members are reviewed annually for continual improvement.
The ESI is continually updating the range of training classes to meet the needs of the membership. All trainings are available to ESI members at no cost. For other interested parties, only EMS 101 is open to non-ESI members.
The following are available on-site by request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Lean Assistance Series
Greenhouse Gas Webinar Series
Benefits of membership in the ESI include:
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Jamie Ragan was appointed as the Environmental Assistance Center section chief. Since she began working with NC DENR in 2003, she has been providing technical assistance to the agricultural community, businesses, industries and government entities. Prior to joining NCDENR, Jamie was a Natural Resource Conservationist in Wilson County where she managed the Agricultural Cost Share Program for Wilson County. Jamie holds a Master's degree in Environmental Health from East Carolina University and has 17 years' experience providing pollution prevention technical assistance.
Angela Hall Barger is co-manager of the ESI. Angela has over 13 years of experience working for DENR. Prior to working with DEACS she worked with NCDENR's Division of Air Quality in a regional office for more than 7 years as a permit and compliance engineer and the the region's emissions inventory coordinator. She has 2 B.S. degrees from NCSU in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and a B.S. degree from Lenoir-Ryne University in Pre-engineering.
Scott Fister is co-manager of the ESI. Scott started with the ESI in May of 2012 as an Environmnetal Specialist. He came to DENR after 5 years working as a sustainability coordinator for Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Scott holds a B.A. in Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University (Ohio).