A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The Environmental Management Integration Team (EMIT) provides Department-wide leadership to integrate sustainability into the Department’s business practices for operations and facilities and to reduce the Department’s environmental footprint.
EMIT responsibilities include participating on federal agency policy development and implementation teams, leading departmental policy and sustainable practices technical workgroups and implementation teams, and managing the Department’s federal and internal environmental reporting requirements.
EMIT is the designated lead for standing up and managing the operation of Department’s Sustainability Council (Council).
The Council is responsible for developing and implementing environmental compliance and other (Executive Orders) requirements through the Department’s environmental management system (EMS).
The Council consists of four management levels ranging from the Department’s Senior Sustainability Officer at the Assistant Secretary level to technical subject matter experts at the staff level.
The scope of EMIT’s sustainability leadership includes but not limited to: sustainable buildings, electronic stewardship, carbon footprint reduction, EMS, environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and solid waste management. EMIT manages the Council and working groups in a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion using consensus to reach decisions with bureau and office representatives.
The Team also manages the Department’s Conference on the Environment, Environmental Achievement Awards and Earth Day celebrations, and serves as a resource to bureaus and offices for compliance assurance and awareness of federal and executive requirements.