ALIGNING ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS WITH ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES – BIOSOLIDS AND BEYOND
Authors: Pringle, Joe; Stone, Lori; Ollerenshaw, James; Burnet, Paul
Source: Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, WEFTEC 2003: Session 61 through Session 70 , pp. 730-738(9)
Publisher: Water Environment Federation
Abstract:Environmental management systems (EMS) are receiving a lot of attention for their potential to improve environmental performance and enhance credibility with stakeholders. Dozens of wastewater utilities are now developing and implementing an EMS. Their experiences offer useful lessons on how to develop an effective EMS that is well-aligned with organizational priorities.
Although the continual improvement framework of an EMS can offer substantial benefits that go beyond environmental performance, in practice it can be challenging to integrate an EMS into existing planning processes and day-to-day procedures. This integration is critical for EMS to be an effective tool for improving organizational performance, and making it more than just an environmental initiative. In organizations that fail to align an EMS effectively at the beginning of the process, there may be a disconnect between the EMS and the organization's core priorities and functions. This reduces the potential for realizing improved product and service quality and organizational performance.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2003-01-01
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