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 ...


  • 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

  • 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   ...


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Adoption of best practices for the environmental management of road salt in Ontario

    There are increasing concerns regarding the adverse environmental impacts of chloride from road salts. A web-based survey was conducted to determine how the Code of Practice for the environmental management of road salts has influenced the adoption of best practices in Ontario, Canada. The majority of large Ontario municipalities have salt management plans that adequately address safety and the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Evolution of environmentally sustainable practices: the case of the US carpet industry and CARE

    This paper contributes to the literature by examining evolution of voluntary environmentally sustainable practices (ESPs) in the US carpet industry. The case illustrates the importance of an integrated and multi-stakeholder industry group - Carpet America Recovery Effort - in supporting use of ESPs throughout the industry. Equally importantly, this paper examines ESPs within the context of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessing clustered SME practice towards environmental and social impact: a Bourdieusian approach

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are recognised as critical to local social and economic development. We explore the attitudes and practice of SMEs towards corporate responsibility/sustainability in a major ceramic tile manufacturing cluster, in Southwest China. The industry cluster offers a unique site for observing SME behaviour since clusters are credited with promoting regional economic ...


    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.

  • Kraft Bubble Mailers- Environmentally and Practically Upgrading the Shipping Industry

    Kraft Bubble Mailers are the ideal catalyst in today’s new age shipping developments, where damage free concerns are anything but rare to the average vendor. These mailers are instrumental for any- small or large scale business, because it enables the company; to not only save tremendous costs, but simultaneously support recycling measures which are important for today’s enhancement ...


  • Emerging environmental, health and safety issues in China: practical impacts on international investors

    The Chinese government at the highest levels continues to stress the importance of environmental protection. The environmental consequences of rapid industrialisation and a burgeoning population are now unavoidable to citizens and government ministers alike. Among the major challenges for environmental protection and health and safety regulations in China are improving the transparency of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The environmental sustainability of information systems: considering the impact of operational strategies and practices

    Organisations have never been more global, technology-driven and information rich, nor more damaging to the natural environment. This paper presents the results of a study investigating the environmental sustainability of implementing Information Systems (IS). In addition to indicating how information systems can have positive and/or negative impacts on environmental sustainability, results also ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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