This Technical Practice Update (TPU) addresses how an environmental management system (EMS) might be used to manage issues related to sustainability. The Brundtland Commission defined sustainable development as development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Using a sustainability model with an EMS can help ensure that environmental initiatives are implemented and maintained. Many utilities have implemented an EMS to assist managers in dealing with challenges and making decisions. These utilities can document tangible, measurable benefits, including resource management, economic and financial benefits and incentives, and environmental and operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Order No: P090047
Medium: Electronic Download
Publisher: Water Environment Federation