Frequently Asked Questions



Q: What is an EMP?

A: The City’s Environmental Management Program (EMP) is a set of issue identification and problem-solving tools that can be implemented by employees to meet department’s needs to manage environmental incidents or comply with environmental regulations. Staff evaluates the processes and procedures they use to manage environmental issues and incorporate strong operational controls, roles, and responsibilities into existing job descriptions and work instructions. The framework of the plan provides all operating departments with a standardized environmental management system that: 1) identifies assigned authority and responsibilities, 2) create an environmental training program for staff members, and 3) implement an inter-departmental communications plan.

Q: Why should the City of Tucson implement an EMP?

A: Local government entities are organizations that both regulate and are regulated. Doing so requires management to understand a broad range of environmental impacts and contend with a long list of federal and state regulations. Management must constantly balance services provided with reduced budgets while maintaining compliance.
The EMP helps the City address its regulatory demands in a systematic and cost-effective manner. This proactive approach can help reduce the risk of non-compliance and improve health and safety practices for employees and the public. The EMP can also help address non-regulated issues such as odor management and energy conservation. In addition, the EMP can promote stronger operational control and employee stewardship.

Q: Who is the City's EMP?

A: The City’s EMP consists of senior representatives from eighteen (18) City departments that were convened in 2002 by the City Manager’s office to operate a proactive, comprehensive and collaborative environmental incident management plan.  From this large group of department representatives, a Governing Board was selected from eight (8) of the larger City departments.