An environmental policy statement is usually a brief document signed by the
highest level of authority in an organization. It sets expectations for the
organization and its employees with respect to environmental management. An
effective environmental policy statement is truthful, not over reaching, and
typically contains the following three commitments:
Environmental policy statements should be communicated to employees and
available to the public. You may want to post it around your facility,
incorporate it into training classes and materials, include it on your intranet
and internet sites, or even print it on the back of employee badges.
environmental policy statement.
For your member profile: If you have a comprehensive written
environmental policy signed by the current owner or senior manager of your
organization, provide the language or a link to the policy.
Environmental Teams (also known as Green Teams or Sustainability Teams) usually involve staff from various parts of the
organization. They should meet on a regular basis to identify and monitor
environmental activities at your facility. Environmental teams can also sponsor
environmental educational opportunities for employees, solicit ideas and
suggestions from employees, and organize fun, internal competitions, or events
like a Bike to Work week. See
Top Five Green Team Tips and more information on
building a green team.
For your member profile: Describe your team (membership,
mission, how often it meets, etc.) and how it works to identify and implement
measures that improve the environmental performance of your facility and
Try brainstorming a list of the overall environmental impacts of your facility, products, and services and then prioritize the impacts based on their significance, severity, frequency, or other parameters.
Select one or more projects to reduce these priority impacts and establish goals, timelines, measures, and responsible staff.
For your member profile: Provide an example of specific goals your organization has set to reduce its environmental impact (e.g. reduce solvent use by x%, or reduce greenhouse gas emissions by x% by year 20xx.
Reduce both your organization’s and your customer’s environmental impact through your goods and services. Consider changes to the design, composition, packaging and transportation of your product to reduce life-cycle costs.
For your member profile: Briefly describe the design,
composition, packaging and other attributes of the product you produce and/or
the service you provide that are designed to reduce environmental impacts. If you provide environmental service or products, describe them here.
Reduce the environmental impact of your organization through the products you buy and the vendors, consultants, contractors and property managers you work with.
For your member profile: Describe your procurement policy or approach and provide example(s) of product purchasing decisions or vendor contract language.
Look for opportunities to restore or enhance your own property or help with community efforts.
Share your environmental successes and tips with business partners, trade
association members, customers, vendors and the neighboring community.
Become involved in environmental protection and public policy
For your member profile: Describe participation or
sponsorship of environmental restoration projects (e.g. stream cleanups,
enhancement of wildlife habitat, etc.) or community environmental projects or
events (outreach to citizen groups, schools, etc.).
EMSs help organizations identify and manage both their regulated and unregulated environmental impacts. There are a number of EMS standards which offer certification through independent auditors. The most well known is
ISO 14001. Others include trade association programs such as Responsible Care for the chemical industry,
Responsible Recycling (R2)
for electronics recyclers, and the
Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
For your member profile: Provide the EMS standard that was
used (e.g. ISO 14001, Responsible Care, etc.)
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