National Wildlife Health Center

...advancing wildlife and ecosystem health

Environmental Commitment And Policy Statement

We at the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) are committed to reducing the environmental impacts from our activities and facility operations and taking a leading role in promoting environmental stewardship. We will maintain compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations and conduct scientific research, facility management operations, and administrative services in a manner designed to provide excellence in science while protecting the environment and the people who live and work in that environment.  We will strive to manage environmental matters as an integral part of our business planning and decisions, including design, procurement, research, facilities management, and supporting services. Therefore, NWHC staff members will:

  • Protect the health and safety of all employees, contractors, volunteers, and the general public who visit our facilities;
  • Implement and maintain an environmental management system that aids in identifying and minimizing negative impacts of the Science Center’s operations on the environment through a program of continual improvement in environmental performance that embraces all program functions supported by this facility;
  • Comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and directives by implementing programs and procedures to assure compliance;
  • Uphold sustained compliance as a key consideration in facility training and incentive programs and as a focus for periodic performance reviews of all employees;
  • Promote a workplace in which all employees are properly trained to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and directives to meet environmental program goals and to take personal responsibility for implementation of the program;
  • Strive to be a leader improving environmental quality by minimizing waste and emissions, reusing and recycling materials, reducing use of natural resources, and promoting pollution prevention efforts throughout our facilities;
  • Share information on our commitment to environmental performance improvement with our employees, vendors, customers, and external stakeholders;
  • Monitor operations through audits and other means to assure that practices in our workplace conform to our policies.

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