Last Updated
May 9, 2016

What is EMS?

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a systematic approach to identify, manage, and control the impact of mission operations and activities on the natural environment. It provides a structure for managing and integrating environmental responsibilities into mission operations and activities. EMS uses a continuous cycle of planning (Plan), implementing (Do), reviewing (Check), and improving (Act) the actions that an organization takes to meet its environmental obligations (Plan-Do-Check-Act). It allows an organization to achieve and maintain compliance with environmental requirements, and continuously improve its overall environmental performance. The implementation of a successful EMS requires individual environmental stewardship, awareness and personnel accountability at every level of an organization.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed ISO 14001, an internationally accepted specification for an EMS.  The ISO 14001 standard has five cohesive elements: environmental policy; environmental planning; implementation and operation; monitoring and corrective action, and management review.  Department of the Army guidance, requires Fort Polk to fully implement a mission-focused EMS that conforms to the ISO 14001 standard.

What is the Goal of EMS?

The goal of the installation’s EMS is to actively promote mission readiness by continually improving environmental performance across the installation, and by focusing our efforts on implementing initiatives that have the greatest potential to enhance installation mission performance.

EMS Scope

Fort Polk EMS encompasses the entire installation, from “fence line to fence line”.  The installation’s EMS is inclusive of installation missions and facilities within the control or direct influence of JRTC and Fort Polk.  The installation’s EMS actively promotes mission readiness by focusing efforts on operations, activities, products and services that pose the greatest risk to the mission and/or the environment, and by implementing initiatives that have the greatest potential to enhance mission success. Organizations and agencies located on JRTC and Fort Polk will participate in the installation’s EMS, to include garrison and non-garrison organizations, active Army units, Reserve and ARNG units, other DoD components, other federal agencies, tenants, and on-site contractors.  EMS participants have the primary responsibility for implementing the elements of the EMS related to their mission requirements.

Federal agencies and other organizations that have their own organizational EMS will coordinate with installation EMS efforts to minimize duplication and increase efficiency. If a determination is made that environmental responsibilities or liabilities are limited for non-governmental entities (tenants leasing space or contractors), JRTC and Fort Polk may choose to exempt them from EMS participation.

Fort Polk Environmental Policy

This policy establishes guidelines that ensure JRTC and Fort Polk organizations and individuals conduct all mission operations, activities, and services in a manner that protects the natural and human environment.

JRTC and Fort Polk embraces the concepts of sustainability and environmental stewardship to achieve and maintain a quality installation that trains Soldiers, leaders, and combat teams to deploy, fight, and win. Our Environmental Management System provides the management framework for performing mission support and establishing objectives and targets that will lead to a sustainable future. JRTC and Fort Polk will align its mission priorities in accordance with this policy and will:

a. Comply with applicable Federal, State, Department of Defense, Army and installation environmental laws, regulations, executive orders, and signed agreements.

b. Perform all mission operations, activities, and services in a manner that protects the natural and human environments.

c. Integrate environmental factors and considerations into all decision-making processes and operations.

d. Protect, preserve, and conserve natural and cultural resources.

e. Prevent pollution and minimize adverse environmental impacts.

f. Continually improve JRTC and Fort Polk's mission and environmental performance.

g. Train and educate members of the JRTC and Fort Polk community on their roles and responsibilities as environmental stewards.

h. Work cooperatively with communities and agencies outside Fort Polk to achieve common environmental goals and objectives.

Soldiers on patrol in the desert

Soldiers on patrol in high field grass
Soldiers running on patrol

Contact Information

EMS Management Representative: 337-531-7008

EMS Coordinator: 337-531-7727


The EMS "Plan - Do - Check - Act" Cycle

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