NPS Concession Environmental Management Program
NPS, Contracting for Environmental Success
The National Park Service (NPS) Concession Environmental Management Program (CoEMP), until now, has been an unsung environmental hero. The program manages contracts for NPS concessioners and incorporates environmental goals into the contracts. The CoEMP demonstrates that it is not only possible to ďgreenĒ contracted relationships within the Federal government, but that it is possible to create win-win situations for the NPS and concessioners alike. The CoEMP also shows that even with limited resources and staffing, employees can increase awareness and accountability in environmental regulatory compliance, best management practices, and environmental management systems. Modeling Secretary Nortonís 4 Cís, communication, consultation, and cooperation, all in the service of conservation, the CoEMP creates a culture where concessioners and park staff embrace the benefits of proactive environmental management and integrate the concept intosuccessful business models.
In a few short years, the CoEMP has made a tremendous contribution to DOIís environmental stewardship. Bureaus such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation are looking to the CoEMP for advice and assistance in managing their concession programs.
U.S. Department of the Interior
Greening of the Interior