environmental practice Articles

  • Pragmatism: A practical philosophy for environmental scientists

    Challenges to the credibility of the scientific community make it particularly important for environmental scientists to understand the bases for the authority of their science. We argue that pragmatism provides a defensible and effective scientific philosophy. It provides a transparent basis for justifying belief and a set of practices and concepts for inference. It makes the scientific ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Best Practices concerning Training and Qualification for Environmental Inspectors

    This report describes the results of an IMPEL project on best practices concerning the training and qualifications of environmental inspectors. The project was based on the Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 April 2001 providing for minimum criteria for environmental inspections in the Member States (2001/331/EC). The objective of the project was to examine the ...


  • Developing principles of good practice in integrated environmental assessment

    In integrated environmental assessment, unlike many other fields of quantitative social and environmental science, there is a keen awareness of the need for quality and assurance, and principles of good practice. This paper explores what is involved in developing and maintaining good practice. The problems of quality assurance in such a field, apparently scientific but in practice something else, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Future Opportunities in Water and Environmental Consulting Practice

    Engineering consultancy in the water resources, sanitation  and environment sector   ...


  • Development and practices of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in China

    The paper introduces the research and practices of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in China, including the definition of plan environmental impact assessment (PEIA), its political and legal basis, mode for combining SEA into integration of environment and development in decision-making (IEDD). Then, an operational procedure and methods used for SEA in China, and particularly the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A Practical Guide to NSR Reform

    As discussed in detail in the March 2003 Issue of EM, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a series of reforms to its New Source Review (NSR) permitting program starting on December 31, 2002. These reforms are commonly referred to as “NSR reform.” EPA asserts that the reforms reduce administrative burden, maximize operating flexibility, ...


    By Arcadis

  • A vision for the practice of risk reduction

    Disaster risk is rising rapidly. The poorest and most vulnerable people are hit hardest. Many hazards are becoming more frequent and less predictable as a result of climate change. At the same time, environmental degradation erodes nature’s ability to regulate them, and to provide food and water. The result is that more people are caught in a vicious circle of poverty, risk and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Construction Sector - practicing environment

    This article approaches the norms in constructions activities from the environmental perspective. It is solely based on the author's close proximity with the construction activities in terms of site audits, EMS ISO14001 assistance and on-site trainings rendered since 2003. This discussion represents environmental repercussion and effects incurred by many construction companies. These issues are, ...


    By Sekitar Synergy Sdn Bhd

  • Best Practices For Selecting an EMIS

    Over the past several years the classic environmental management information system (EMIS) has expanded in functional capability beyond environmental management to include health and safety, and corporate sustainability. A comprehensive, effective EMIS is now viewed by most companies as a critical requirement for ensuring regulatory compliance, protecting public image and efficiently using both ...


    By VelocityEHS

  • Best Practices for Chemical Management

    Introduction The costs of managing chemicals are far more than just the product price, but the life-cycle management of chemicals can be optimized to cut these peripheral costs. By adopting best practices, the chemical management process is more integrated into the business process, becoming a strategic advantage to the organization, raising efficiency on a number of fronts, decreasing legal ...


    By Chemical Safety Software

  • Practicing and Leveraging Product Stewardship

    “Product Stewardship” means the product manufacturer is committed to seeing that potential environmental, health and safety (EHS) impacts are properly managed throughout the life cycle of a product – from the materials used to make the product to the manufacturing of the parts and final product, its distribution and use by customers and final disposal. While this is a shared responsibility ...


  • A fresh approach to water practices

    Science is meeting the challenge of finding ways to reduce Australia's wasteful water practices and improve the way we use and manage this finite resource. In the regional NSW town of Goulburn, just down the road from Australia’s national capital, water supplies earlier this year fell to less than 10 per cent of capacity. In most of Australia’s major cities demand is close to or equalling supply ...

  • Organics Monitoring: A Practical Guide

    Preventing product loss, lowering waste treatment costs, and reducing system maintenance and energy consumption through organics monitoring in the chemical, refining, food, and wastewater treatment industries. Summary Process water and steam condensate contamination includes organic, inorganic, and biological components. Sources of organic contamination include process ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • Best Practices In Recycling

    Everybody wants to recycle more and landfill less. In addition to being the best thing for the environment, it can also improve your bottom line. Sustainability efforts have come a long way in recent years, but there are always opportunities to do better. Upgrading your recycling program can save your business a considerable amount in disposal costs as well as increase revenue through the sale ...


    By Northstar Recycling

  • Book Review: Field Sampling: Principles and Practices in Environmental Analysis

    Field Sampling: Principles and Practices in Environmental Analysis, by Alfred R. Conkling Jr. Marcel Dekker, 2004. 354pp. ISBN 0-8247-5471-9Keywords: book ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental health specialists’ self-reported foodborne illness outbreak investigation practices

    To collect qualitative data on the investigation practices of environmental health specialists with respect to foodborne illness outbreaks, the authors convened six focus groups of randomly selected specialists working in public health agencies in eight states. Participants discussed their investigation activities, methods used to identify contributing factors, success in identifying contributing ...

  • Airforce Center For Environmental Excellence (AFCEE) Bioremediation Principles and Practices Manual

    The Department of Defense (DoD) has identified hundreds of sites where groundwater is contaminated with chlorinated solvents; these represent one of the DoD’s largest remediation liabilities. In addition to their use in many industrial processes, chlorinated solvents have historically been used for cleaning and degreasing such diverse products as aircraft engines, automobile parts, electronic ...


  • Handling environmental values in product assessments: voices from practice

    Many life cycle assessments include weighting of environmental impacts. The way these trade-offs are handled affects to what extent an assessment leads to relevant and convincing results. To explore reactions to weighting, group interviews with representatives of Swedish authorities, industrial and public purchasing departments, an environmental nongovernmental organisation and research bodies ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Investment and environmental management: the interaction between environmentally responsible investment and environmental management practice

    Do investors, such as environmentally responsible funds, influence firms' decisions to implement environmental management practices? We present the results of a survey analysing the implementation standards of environmental management practices subject to the influence of environmentally responsible investment funds. Results indicate that firms listed in environmentally responsible funds perform ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental management practices and engineering science: A review and typology for future research

    Current literature describes a number of environmental management practices and cleaner production methods that facilitate different industrial sectors to address their various environmental impacts. The high number of present practices makes their use especially difficult and complicated. This paper aims to shed light on this field by providing a typology of those environmental management ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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