Environmental Management

Where Have You Gone, Ernest Hemingway?

Nov 20th, 2013 | By
Where Have You Gone, Ernest Hemingway?

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”  — Ernest Hemingway   I’ve always thought that two of the most interesting challenges in one’s career as an EHS professional might be (1) to write an article on effective writing and (2) to give a presentation on effective
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Open for Business: EHS Priorities Following the U.S. Government Shutdown

Oct 27th, 2013 | By
Open for Business: EHS Priorities Following the U.S. Government Shutdown

A lot of attention has been spent explaining the impacts of the 16-day U.S. federal government shutdown, which ended on October 17th.  Although the shutdown did slow rulemaking efforts at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as federal employees were furloughed, the shutdown has now ended and these activities are proceeding as scheduled. This article
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Argentina: Proposed Law for Environmental Impact Assessments

Oct 10th, 2013 | By
Argentina: Proposed Law for Environmental Impact Assessments

Minimum standards governing the regulation and conduct of environmental impact assessments (EIAs) would be established by a proposed new law recently submitted to Argentina’s National House of Representatives. The draft law seeks to harmonize provincial and industry-specific legislation by setting the minimum environmental protection standards that every regulation, province, or industry must follow in order
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Adapting to Climate Change through Better Building Design

Aug 31st, 2013 | By
Adapting to Climate Change through Better Building Design

In recent years, while some debated whether climate change was real or not, preparing one’s assets for the impacts of climate change was not a priority. This attitude seemed to change with Hurricane Sandy, which struck the East Coast of the United States nearly a year ago. Many people felt that the storm was a
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Sustainability Merit Badge Unveiled by Boy Scouts

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
Sustainability Merit Badge Unveiled by Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) implemented a sustainability merit badge in July 2013. The merit badge will be one of 12 required merit badges to achieve Eagle, Scouting’s highest rank. Scouts will have the option of earning the new sustainability merit badge or the existing environmental science merit badge. Merit badges demonstrate advanced skill
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Is Your Strategy on Pause?

May 5th, 2013 | By
Is Your Strategy on Pause?

Does it feel like your corporate world is on “pause,” waiting for something beyond your control to be resolved? Many companies seem to be waiting for something, unwilling to expand or contract, go forward or backward.  Which raises the question — how do you lead your EHS/Sustainability (EHS/S) program if you don’t really know what
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ISO 14001: The Dreaded Revision Process Has Started!

Mar 4th, 2013 | By
ISO 14001: The Dreaded Revision Process Has Started!

  The ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems standard has been adopted by more than 250,000 organizations globally since it was originally issued in 1996 and then revised in 2004.  General perception amongst adopters has been that it is a well written standard with enough flexibility to apply to any organization.  In fact, ISO reviewed the
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NOx Emissions Trading Scheme Repealed in the Netherlands — Global Impacts?

Jan 27th, 2013 | By
NOx Emissions Trading Scheme Repealed in the Netherlands — Global Impacts?

The once-trailblazing Dutch Nitrogen Oxides Emission Trading Scheme (NOx ETS) is to be repealed: what are the effects? In recent years, Emissions Trading Schemes have gained momentum around the world.  Hundreds upon thousands of companies have had to adapt to be able to handle the effects of more stringent regulation. The Netherlands pioneered the launch
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Saudi Arabia Releases 9 New Environmental Laws

Jan 26th, 2013 | By
Saudi Arabia Releases 9 New Environmental Laws

This article summarizes 9 new environmental laws issued by Saudi Arabia in 2012 and provides links to the legislation in English.   Background Saudi Arabia has acted with urgency to develop a comprehensive framework for measuring and monitoring activities that cause environmental degradation. Its actions include measures to ensure efficient use of natural resources, prevention
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Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

Jan 22nd, 2013 | By
Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

This is the second in a multi-part series of EHS Journal articles providing background and guidance on the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals rule (DFCM). This article explains key provisions of the final rule and analyzes differences between the proposed and final rules.