in `Environment UK` Magazine March 2008

From environmental awareness to environmental action

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Environmental Management Systems usually require employees to be “aware” of the environment and of Environmental Management Systems.

But what does that mean? “Awareness” cannot be measured. When is somebody “environmentally aware”? When they remember to turn the light off? Is that all people are able to do to help the environment?

We should be able to spell out a lot more about what people can do to deal with environmental issues. If we are clearer what we expect people at work to be able to do to minimise negative environmental impacts, it will be a lot easier to work out the various roles and responsibilities.

Instead of getting people to just turn the lights off, we want to turn people on...

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