Environmental Management System (EMS)/Sustainability (EO 13514)
Presidential Executive Order 13423 directs all federal agencies to implement an EMS.
What is an EMS?
The USMC EMS uses a Plan, Do, Check, Act model that emphasizes continual improvement at all levels of the mission. The EMS model uses five phases to improve our daily operations:
Pollution Prevention (P2)
The following programs support this goal of reducing pollution at its source, rather than after the fact.
"Buying Green" includes buying:
- Alternatively fueled vehicles
- Energy efficient equipment
- Renewable products
- Materials with recycled content
Hazardous Material Consolidation
Minimize waste by implementing these guidelines:
- Bring excess hazardous material quantities to a centralized distribution point
- Ensure that authorized purchasers order hazardous material for approved uses
- Return un-used hazardous material so it can be reissued to another unit or department
Integrated Solid Waste (ISW)
The ISW program promotes recycling and conserving raw materials, including:
- Construction and demolition debris
- Used oil and batteries
MCAS Yuma Recycling Policy (StaO 4010.2)
MCAS Yuma operates a qualified recycling program to reduce the amount of solid waste entering the local landfill.
Every unit, organization, and agency operating under MCAS Yuma's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identification number, as well as personnel living in family housing, will participate to the fullest extent practicable in the recycling program.
Acceptable Items for Recycling Pickup
Recyclable materials must be separated by type and must be uncontaminated by other waste streams. Rinse off all food waste before recycling containers, and segregate materials into the following categories:
Letterhead, USMC forms and manuals (remove colored covers)
Newspapers, Magazines, and all inserts
All books, phone books, hard books, etc.
Flatten and place in cardboard collection containers
Rinse and segregate materials
All types, rinse and remove lids
- Aluminum Cans
Rinse and segregate materials
*Items must not be contaminated by other wastes.
If you have recyclable items that are not listed as part of the regularly scheduled pickup, or if collection is not available for your location, please deliver recyclables to the MCAS Yuma Recycling Center adjacent to Building 328. If you have any questions, contact MCAS Yuma Recycling Building 328, or call 941-7659 or 941-7494.
Budget and Finance
The MCAS Yuma Environmental Department identifies needed environmental projects through a variety of means, including, but not limited to:
- Projects planned to achieve environmental objectives and targets
- Monitoring and measurement activities, including environmental self-audits, sampling and analysis, natural and cultural resource monitoring, and Environmental Management System (EMS) results
- Problem solving and corrective action development
- HQMC Environmental Compliance Evaluations and resulting Plan of Actions & Milestones
- Senior Management review of the EMS
Environmental projects require external funding. MCAS Yuma uses a variety of fund types to meet environmental requirements, including:
- Military Construction
- Military Construction funded by Defense Fuel Supply
- Operations & Maintenance Marine Corps, including Operational Budget and Centrally Managed Environmental Program funds
- Procurement, Equipment > $250k each
- Unfunded Reimbursable Accounts, including the Qualified Recycling Program revenues
The installation environmental requirements are then identified through the application, Status Tool for the Environmental Program (STEP). HQMC tracks and reports these requirements up the chain to the DoN, DoD, and Congress. MCAS Yuma is required to implement and use STEP and the Marine Corps accounting system, Standard Accounting and Budgeting Reporting System (SABRS), to monitor and track funding for environmental requirements.
Most environmental requirement are funding. When MCAS Yuma executes funds, monitoring and tracking is accomplished using SABRS environmental accounting codes. These codes are also entered into STEP for further tracking and budget protection reports. HQMC then rolls up this budgetary information from all USMC installations into an Environmental Quality Budget Report. HQMC submits the contents of the report as the Marine Corps environmental budget to the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and to the President's Budget (PRESBUD).
All of MCAS Yuma's budget requests for environmental projects include the results of economic analysis and certification that the installation considered and assessed alternatives.