Amid the growing commitment to the environment by corporations and governments there is also a frustration with their lack of progress, as highlighted by international protests in Seattle, Genoa, and elsewhere. While the principles and environmental goals we must reach are well understood, if we are to move toward sustainable development, then corporations and governments will need a coherent set of tools with which to manage the behavior of humans and their institutions more effectively.
Tools for Environmental Management answers this need by providing, for the first time, an overview of Environmental Management Systems as a whole, and a set of 22 environmental management tools that can be applied on local, national and international scales. The linked set of tools includes:
- Environmental policies, audits, indicators, and site assessments
- Accounting practices and economic instruments
- Life cycle, product, and technology assessment
- Purchasing guidelines and economic instruments
- Risk and ecological management.
Each tool is described in terms of its definition, history, legal requirements or standards, and how it is applied. Examples are provided, along with newsletters, journals, references and web sites so that those using the tools can keep up to date.
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