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Environmental Management System

BPA's Environmental Policy:

"BPA strives to be a good steward of the Northwest Environment, conserving the region's natural resources for future generations, conducting its activities to minimize impacts, promoting sustainability, pollution prevention, and waste minimization in compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations, and continuously improving its practices through environmental monitoring and adaptive management."

The policy is found in the BPA Manual Chapter 900: Basic Environmental Policies and Responsibilities.

Environmental Management System:

BPA utilizes an Environmental Management System (or EMS) to implement the environmental policy and to meet environmental responsibilities, including the sustainability requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13693. This EMS is implemented through an agency wide Balanced Scorecard Management System (BSC) which guides BPA's activities to ensure implementation of environmental/sustainability requirements and to encourage a process of continuous improvement. In response to previous Executive Orders and most recently E.O. 13693, BPA has established a Sustainability Policy (found in BPA Manual Chapter 904) and formed a cross-agency Sustainability Team to coordinate and implement sustainable activities throughout BPA.

The above standards are based on and equivalent to the ISO (International Standards Organization) 14001 requirements of Plan-Do-Check-Act, described as follows:

Plan: Establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with the organizations environmental policy.

Do: Implement the processes.

Check: Monitor and measure processes against environmental policy, objectives, and targets, legal and other requirements and report the results.

Act: Take actions to continually improve the performance of the environmental management system.

In April 2012, the EMS was independently audited and found to be functionally equivalent to the primary IS014001 standard elements and was considered fully implemented in conformance with the requirements of E.O. 13423. Therefore, the BPA Chief Operating Officer made a declaration of a "fully implemented EMS" on 8/17/2012. which was concurred on by the BPA Administrator on 8/20/2012.

The EMS is further described in the EMS Handbook and the BPA Manual Chapter 902: Environmental Management System.

Balanced Scorecard System - The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) system provides the means for implementing BPA's environmental management program. BSC is a framework for the agency to clarify its vision and strategy and translate them into action. It provides feedback around both internal business processes and external outcomes in order to continuously improve strategic performance results. The balanced scorecard approach provides a clear prescription of what BPA should measure in order to balance perspectives. It also helps to develop clear measures and identify steps to achieve business goals. The four perspectives utilized are:

People & Culture

BPAs Focus

As a public agency BPA has chosen to place its stakeholders at the top of the list, rather than financial outcomes.

The major elements of the strategic program include:

A Strategy Map - Describes the major long-term objectives (out 4-5 years), balanced across the above perspectives. A BPA strategy map captures agency-level long-term objectives. A business line strategy map captures specific business line objectives supporting the agency level objectives.

A Scorecard - Describes the major near-term objectives (current budget year), targets, measures and initiatives for each business line. These goals are translated into performance plans or contracts with the respective senior VP.

In addition BPA has added four major focus areas to guide how it sets priorities. These are the pillars of what BPA provides as public benefits to the region and should be the focus of how we measure our direction. The four overriding focus areas/priorities include:

System Reliability
Environmental Stewardship
Low-Cost Provider
Regional Accountability

For more information about the EMS please reference the office of Pollution Prevention & Abatement (KEP) in your inquiry. For more information about BPA's sustainable activities please reference the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Internal Operations Team.

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