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DLA Land and Maritime
ATTN: Environmental Division
3990 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43213

Environmental Management System Infographic

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Horizontal image titled: Defense Supply Columbus Environmental Management System

Next to red push pin graphic: EMS is a management system that integrates environmental concerns and issues into management processes. 

Next to white graphic with writing on it to symbolize a report: Inform associates of the commitments in the Environmental Policy Statement and help them understand how daily activities affect the environment. 

Next to blue on white circular qustion mark: What are the DSCC commitments? 

Next to down arrow to symbolize reduction in fossil fuels

Next to water droplet: Improve the management of water resources

Next to down arrow to symbolize reduction in CO2 with text that reads reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with DSCC operations

Next to person throwing a object in a recycle can: Divert solid waste from landfills

Next to worker graphic with green checkmark: Ensure all projects are reviewed by the Environmental Division

Next to water droplet about to go into a cup of water: Ensure clean drinking water is available

Within a green bar at the bottom: EMS Representative 614-692-8382

DSCC Environmental Division

Mission Statement

The Environmental Division acts as the principal advisor and assistant to the Site Director and Commander on developing and managing programs to assure environmental quality, and to protect the health of employees and others on DLA-managed facilities.


A clean, healthy, and well-protected environment that sustainably supports the mission. Natural resources are protected and managed to meet the needs of current and future associates and members of the surrounding communities. All DSCC associates understand the importance of a healthy environment and act to protect and restore it.


To ensure the Installation maintains compliance with all environmental regulations and sustainably manages natural resources. Through our Tree City USA program and partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources , we actively maintain and grow the DSCC urban forest. The Environmental Division has installed acres of pollinator habitat on the Installation grounds to help support dwindling populations within Ohio. Five active restoration sites are managed through the Environmental Division. DSCC works to meet sustainability goals; including solid waste diversion, use of renewable resources, air emission reductions and smart water usage.

Meet the Team

Nicole Goicochea – Chief Environmental Protection Division, Natural Resources, Environmental Management System
Nicholas Doss – Air, Sustainability, National Environmental Policy Act, Cultural Resources
Robert Scalamera – Stormwater, Drinking Water, Installation Restoration, Petroleum and Oil and Lubricants

Sam Zentkovich – Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste, Pest Management

Programs & Initiatives

What is EMS?

EMS is a management system that integrates environmental concerns and issues into management processes.

What do I need to know about EMS?

  • DSCC has an Environmental Policy Statement
  • DSCC is committed to:
    • Complying with legal requirements
    • Preventing pollution
    • Continual improvement of the EMS program

What are my EMS responsibilities?

  • Be aware of the commitments in the Environmental Policy Statement
  • Understand how your daily activities affect the environment
  • In the event of an environmental emergency call 614-692-2111 or 911

DSCC identified aspects of its operation that may significantly impact the environment and developed objectives to mitigate their impact. The objectives are:

  • Reduce the use of fossil fuels
  • Improve the management of water resources
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with DOD operations
  • Divert solid waste from landfills
    • Everyone is responsibly for recycling commodities such as:
      • Mixed paper and cardboard
      • Plastic bottles
      • Aluminum cans
      • Scrap metal
  • Ensure that all projects are reviewed by the Environmental Division, per the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Ensure clean drinking water is available throughout DSCC

Environmental Management System Environmental Control Committee Information

What is the ECC?

A committee of installation personnel selected to assist with the implementation of the EMS. The scope of the EMS at DSCC includes all personnel, tenants and contractors working for or on behalf of the installation.

What are my EMS responsibilities as a member of the ECC?

  • Disseminate pertinent environmental information to personnel in the organization you are representing
  • Take part in identifying, reviewing and approving significant environmental aspects
  • Attend quarterly ECC meetings
  • Provide input on your area of expertise related to EMS procedures, activities, objectives and targets

Why must we maintain an EMS?

Executive Order 13693: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade requires federal agencies to continue implantation of formal Environmental Management Systems where those systems have proven effective and deploy new EMSs where appropriate.

Who do I contact for more information?

The EMS Management Representative at 614-692-8815.

As part of the comprehensive environmental management of DSCC, the following policies have also been put in place. 

DSCC has been certified as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.  Tree City USA is an excellent environmental protection program in which we work closely with Ohio Department of Natural Resources .  DSCC has implemented a DSCC Tree Ordinance to enhance our urban forest.

All trees planted, removed, treated or severely pruned require a permit. The ordinance also establishes a Do Not Plant list for trees, shrubs and perennials. Contact the Environmental Division for more information.

Small Trees (under 40 ft width, spread):

  • Redbud (Cercis canadensis) (will grow anywhere) – beautiful floral display
  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) – flowers, berries, fall foliage (great alternative to ornamental pears)
  • Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida species) – beautiful flowers, berries, fall foliage
  • American Hornbeam
  • Sourwood Tree
  • White Fringetree

Medium/Large Trees (over 40 ft width, spread):

  • Tulip Poplar
  • River birch
  • Ohio Buckeye
  • Beech
  • Sugar Maple
  • Sycamore
  • Chinquapin Oak
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Honeylocust
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Black Gum


  • New Jersey Tea
  • Spicebush
  • Black Chokeberry


  • Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • Wild Hydrangea (hydrangea arborescens)
  • Clethera (sumersweet)
  • Red Osier Dogwood
  • Silky Dogwood
  • Grey Dogwood
  • Snowberry
  • Mapleleaf Viburnum
  • Nannyberry Viburnum
  • Bottlebrush Buckeye (native to region, not Ohio)


  • Black eyed Susan
  • Purple coneflower
  • Blazing Star
  • Coreopsis
  • Indian blanket (annual)

Part Sun/ Sun:

  • Ox Eye Sunflower
  • Goldenrod
  • New England Aster
  • Bee balm
  • Golden alexanders
  • Northern blue flag iris
  • Blue eyed grass
  • Joe Pye Weed
  • Milkweed (butterfly, swamp, purple)

Part Sun/ Shade:

  • Cardinal flower
  • Great blue lobelia
  • Geranium maculatum
  • Ohio spiderwort
  • Woodland phlox
  • Canada Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • Virginia Bluebells
  • Great White Trillium
  • Spring beauty

Integrated Solid Waste Management

DSCC is committed to reusing, reducing, and recycling. 

The following materials must be recycled: cardboard, metal, plastic, wood pallets, paper and yard waste.

DSCC is required to achieve a 40% diversion rate for non-hazardous solid waste and a 60% diversion of construction and demolition debris, IAW interim instructions of E.O. 13834 and DoD's Sustainability Report and Implementation Plan. All construction, renovations, repair, maintenance, and demolition contracts and internal operations shall divert non-hazardous solid waste and construction and demolition debris from landfill disposal whenever practicable to assist in meeting this goal.

All actions are in accordance with the DSCC Integrated Solid Waste Policy, dated 1 April 2022. 

DSCC Environmental News
Enterprisewide | May 2, 2022

DSCC named Tree City USA for the fourth consecutive year

Defense Supply Center Columbus was named a Tree City USA for the fourth consecutive year at the annual Tree City USA Awards Presentation on April 21 in the Schnormeier Event Center in Ariel-Foundation Park in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The all-day event was

Land and Maritime | July 22, 2021

DSCC plants saplings at MWR Sports Park

The Defense Supply Center Columbus Installation Management Team planted 50 tree saplings at the DSCC MWR Sports Park this summer. The saplings were donated through an Urban Tree Project partnership in consult with the City of Columbus and the Urban

Land and Maritime | April 15, 2021

Installation environmental office offers tips on landscaping for wildlife

Spring has sprung in Ohio and many of us are spending more time at home. Naturally, this is a great time for lawn and garden improvements. If you’re in the market for some new bushes or trees, why not also attract more birds and butterflies? Any

Stormwater Awareness

This training highlights stormwater and its associated regulations and policies as well as stormwater's impact on the local environment.


Celebrating the Comeback of the Burning River, 1969-2019 - Ohio EPA