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To change the existing environmental culture and practices of a local government, though a daunting task, is not impossible. Chesterfield County's Government Center comprises of various departments that are directly exposed to various environmental challenges. After being aware of the unfortunate fate of the neighboring City of Roanoke and Henry County due to the management's ignorance of the environmental issues and responsibilities, Chesterfield County's Administrator and top Managers got proactively involved in changing the culture and practices of the County employees. Key personnel from different departments were brought in to form Environmental Management Committee. This committee was tasked with the responsibilities of developing an Environmental Management Program for the County to ensure one hundred percent compliance with all the applicable environmental regulations and proactively address any future environmental issues through employee commitment and involvement. The committee members had twofold tasks ahead of them – the first was to immediately take corrective actions if any non-compliance issues were identified, and the second to develop an Environmental Management Program to ensure that the proper environmental protocols are followed on an on-going, efficient and responsible ways.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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