Cannon aims for environmental efficiency

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By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs

The Environmental Management System at Cannon Air Force Base is a system aimed at achieving continual improvements in mission performance by reducing environmental risks and cost, providing methodical approaches to planning, and implementing and reviewing the impact activities have on the environment.

“The EMS is an integral part of any organizations overall management and practices,” said Jenn Collins, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron EMS coordinator. “What most fail to realize is how encompassing EMS really is.”

EMS is required by Executive Order 13423, “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management.” The program helps reduce environmental liabilities by early identification of potential risks.

“EMS here at Cannon is focused on improving environmental impact on a continuous basis,” said Collins. “This ongoing process and its success greatly depends on how committed everyone on our installation is.”

  • How can you get involved?
  • Become familiar with the 27th Special Operations Wing Guidance Memorandum dated Sept. 19, 2011
  • Look for ways to minimize environmental impact in your work area
  • Take steps to reduce your environmental footprint
  • If you have an idea on how to improve your job or units environmental efficiency, share those ideas with your Unit Environmental Coordinator

“There are so many small steps we can all take that can directly impact the bigger picture,” said Collins. “It’s up to everyone to identify problem areas, initiate responses, monitor those corrective actions, and review progress as needed.”

For more information relating to the EMS program, email the Environmental Element at or stop by Building 355.