Course offering: EMSE 6992-12

Spring 2018

Experience in the regulated community indicates that even rigorously compliant enterprises still have exposures to episodic regulatory violations and environmental incidents, as well as to failures to reduce energy consumption or secure renewable alternatives. While regulatory requirements mandate actions to achieve specified levels of environmental and energy (E&E) performance, they do not compel changes in the culture or operations of the organization that would ensure the consistency and reliability of performance.

Motivated to address their environmental and energy risks, enterprises across the globe began to unite in the early 90’s to create standards including the ISO 14000 and 50000 series to manage these risks. Systems that conform to those standards are being implemented across private and public sector enterprises worldwide and are considered to be among a class of self-governing next generation solutions that go beyond compliance requirements of governmental agencies. This course is devoted broadly to the presentation and understanding of these next generation approaches and will exemplify them by providing specific instruction on the implementation of voluntary systems for environmental and energy management based on the ISO 14000 and 50000 series standards. The specific focus on those disciplines will benefit professionals in the environmental and energy fields that are expected to have sufficient knowledge of such standards, in many cases with accompanying capability to implement systems that can be certified by third-party certifiers.           

At the end of this course, students who are environmental or energy managers or professionals in the public and private sectors, or graduate level students aspiring to government or industry positions will have sufficient knowledge to implement and obtain certification of E&E management systems. In addition to the fundamental concepts that underlie the elements of international standards, students will learn how to organize and lead organizational efforts to create and implement E&E management systems. They will also have a broad appreciation of next generation self-governance concepts and options currently being implemented or considered by private and public institutions. This course will focus primarily on the implementation of an environmental management system (EMS) and will draw relevant parallels that are applicable to an energy management system (EnMS). 

Specific topics presented in the course include the principles and concepts of self-governance approaches and management systems; establishing the organizational need for a system; forming the system implementation team; evaluating organizational requirements, risks and operations that need to be managed; scoping the system; setting objectives, metrics and operational controls; creating action plans; system maintenance with corrective actions, updates, audits and management reviews; and helpful tools and aids for management system development and implementation.


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