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For more information, please call 614-692-8915 or email us.

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

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.

Vision

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.

Purpose

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.

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

Bushes:

  • New Jersey Tea
  • Spicebush
  • Black Chokeberry

Shrubs:

  • 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)

Sun:

  • 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
Land and Maritime | June 16, 2022

DSCC Child Development Center garden teaches children about science and ...

The sun was shining, birds chirping, and the bumblebees were buzzing amid the cacophony of little voices from seven pre-K classes as they took turns to bring their garden to life after a long winter’s sleep in front of the Defense Supply Center

Energy | June 10, 2022

DSCC fuel point project to provide long-term solution for aging tanks

Three 10,000-gallon fuel tanks were installed at Defense Supply Center Columbus June 1, marking the beginning of a long-term project at the installation’s fuel point to replace aging underground fuel storage tanks with above-ground tanks.

Land and Maritime | May 25, 2022

DSCC celebrates Arbor Day, plants 37 native trees at MWR Sports Park

As part of an ongoing effort to further develop Defense Supply Center Columbus’ urban forest under the Tree City USA program, 37 larger caliper native trees were planted at the DSCC MWR Sports Park May 10 by Installation Management personnel.
Training

Stormwater Awareness

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

Videos

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