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NRMCA Green-Star EMS vs. ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

by Doug

It's great to see the concrete industry take their environmental performance so seriously, but is the NRMCA Green-Star environmental management system right for you? Here we discuss the industry specific NRMCA Green-Star certification vs the internationally recognized ISO 14001 environmental management system, with the aim of helping you decide which is right for you.

We've been getting a lot of requests for more information about how concrete producers can improve their environmental programs at their facility. It's easy. There are so many benefits of having a sound environmental program, that it’s almost hard to imagine running a company today without one. The concrete industry is in a unique position, and we’re asked all the time by concrete producers:

“What is the difference between a ISO 14001 EMS vs NRMCA Green-Star EMS?”

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Topics: ISO 14001 EMS, Environmental Management Systems, NRMCA Green-Star EMS

What is an Environmental Management System EMS?

by Doug

Over the years, we've found many facilities need a way to keep their environmental program in check, while continually improving their operations as per investor, staff, customer, and community demands. We suggest for most facilities they look into an EMS, and here we discuss what they are, and why they could be useful at many different types of facilities.

Chances are, if you're reading this post, you're in two types of categories. You've either heard about an EMS and want to develop one, or you've never heard of one, and have to develop one.

Either way, we're setting out to answer clearly what one is, and what they mean to you.

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Topics: ISO 14001 EMS, Environmental Management Systems

Do I need an Environmental Management System - A Review of the Top 7 Reasons You Do!

by Doug

It seems like there's a renewed push for organizations to develop and follow an Environmental Management System (EMS) more than ever. I feel like it's a good way for companies to really lock down their environmental program, and help segue way them into a brighter, more sustainable future. Here's the top 7 reasons why you should look into getting an EMS at your facility.

We've gotten some very serious inquiries lately about them. It seems like I am hearing more interest within the past few months than I have heard in the past few years! Maybe much of this may be driven by changes coming about in the updated ISO 14001 EMS standards and the potential interaction of these standards within the larger world of sustainability.

No matter what the cause, it’s nice to know that the environmental community doesn’t treat them as a passing fad, and they recognize the importance and usefulness of an EMS in today’s corporate world.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Environmental Management System Training, ISO 14001 EMS, Environmental Management Systems

Environmental Aspects & Environmental Impacts - Necessary for an Environmental Management System (EMS)

by Doug

Our website returns an awful lot of search results regarding environmental aspects and impacts, mainly dealing with what they are. While the idea of impacts is pretty intuitive, the idea of what is meant by aspects may not be. Considering that any Environmental Management System (EMS) – or really any good environmental program – needs to consider and reduce their environmental aspects and associated environmental impacts, it’s worthwhile to have a clear understanding of what this means.

The ISO 14001 EMS standard refers to an environmental aspect as “an element of an organization’s activities, products or services that can interact with the environment”, and further notes that a significant aspect is one that has or can have a significant environmental impact. The ISO 14001 EMS standard then refers to an environmental impact as “any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or partially resulting from an organization’s activities, products or services”.

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Topics: Environmental Management System Training, ISO 14001 EMS, Environmental Management Systems

Concrete Environmental Issues & The Ideal Concrete Plant

by Doug

About a month ago, I was talking to a precast producer about his new environmental management system, and how it was impacting his operation. He said his costs had dropped slightly, his regulators and their inspections went a lot easier, and his employees seemed to actually understand and buy into the whole program. He's the first to say "I'm not perfect" but he's working on it.

It got me thinking... what would the ideal concrete plant (precast, ready mix, brick, etc.) be? What issues, environmental or otherwise, would they have to overcome?

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Topics: Sustainability, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, ISO 14001 EMS, Environmental Audits, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Speaking & Training, NRMCA Green-Star EMS