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Implementing an Iso 14001 Environmental Management System

Implementing an Iso 14001 Environmental Management System

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IMPLEMENTING AN ISO 14001 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMA Case Study of Environmental Training and Awareness at the VancouverInternational Airport Authority
byPatrick YarnellB.A. (Geography) University of Manitoba 1993RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THEREQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF NATURAL RESOURCESMANAGEMENTin theSchool of Resource and Environmental ManagementReport No. 230 © Patrick Yarnell 1999SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITYFebruary 1999All rights reserved. This work may not be producedin whole or in part, by photocopy or other means,without permission of the author.
 
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NAME:
Patrick Yarnell
DEGREE:
Master of Natural Resources Management
PROJECT TITLE:
Implementing an ISO 14001 environmental management system:A case study of environmental training and awareness at theVancouver International Airport Authority
PROJECT:230SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE: 
Peter Williams, ProfessorSchool of Resource and Environmental ManagementSenior Supervisor
 
Chad Day, ProfessorSchool of Resource and Environmental Management
 
Anne Murray, Manager, EnvironmentVancouver International Airport Authority
DATE:
5 February 1999
 
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Improving the environmental performance of corporations is one way of limitingenvironmental damage. Environmental management systems (EMSs), such as ISO14001, provide a framework for organizations that wish to effectively manage theirenvironmental affairs. Implementing an EMS that conforms to the ISO 14001 standardmay help businesses integrate environmental values into their operations.This research helps bridge the gap between EMS theory and businesspractices. Its goals were to identify challenges associated with training and awarenesscomponents of an ISO-based EMS and to propose training initiatives that may helporganizations achieve successful EMS implementation. These goals were fulfilledthrough a case study of Vancouver International Airport Authority.The study identified developing a common vision of environmental performanceas a key to successful EMS implementation. It also proposed an awareness-basedapproach to EMS that focuses on shared vision and feedback between differenthierarchical levels within an organization. The recommendations of this study presentdetailed management processes and initiatives that could help the Airport Authorityimprove implementation of its “Air Quality Management Program,” as well as its overallprograms for “Environmental Training” and “Awareness and Communication.”An awareness-based approach may also help stakeholders monitor anorganization’s success with integrating environmental policies into its day-to-dayoperations. Although the ISO standard is useful as an EMS framework, meeting ISO14001’s minimum requirements will not necessarily improve a company’s environmentalperformance. It is the commitment of an organization and its employees,
 
driven byenvironmental regulations and pressure from stakeholders, which determines theextent to which an organization will achieve leading-edge environmental management.

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