Increasingly both public and private organizations are recognizing the importance of environmental management for long-term viability, risk management, cost-effectiveness, and client relations. This increased emphasis has led to an increase in need for professionals with a solid understanding of sustainability and environmental management systems.
The green jobs market is growing rapidly, and with it the demand for highly-qualified environmental professionals.
In this guest post Christopher A Young defines environmental management and its implications for businesses, governments and institutions.
What is an EMS?
It is a method of developing standards and policies to reduce the environmental impact of an organization. An environmental management system can be either formal or informal, developed by external experts or informally using internal resources.
In general, an environmental management program will cover a wide range of environmental issues, including some if not all of the following:
The issues covered by a particular organization’s environmental management program will depend greatly on the nature of the work and the desired outcomes. Generally, it will provide the following structures:
To get a detailed description of what is included in an EMS like ISO 14001 and whether it is right for you check out this article.
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