The Role Of The Environmental Manager In Advancing Environmental

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Journal of Environmental Sustainability
Volume 2 | Issue 2

Article 5

2012

The Role of the Environmental Manager in
Advancing Environmental Sustainability and Social
Responsibility in the Organization
Lisa Greenwood
Rochester Institute of Technology, llgcem@rit.edu

Joseph Rosenbeck
Rochester Institute of Technology, jmrcem@rit.edu

Jason Scott
Rochester Institute of Technology, jds3553@rit.edu

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Greenwood, Lisa; Rosenbeck, Joseph; and Scott, Jason (2012) "The Role of the Environmental Manager in Advancing Environmental
Sustainability and Social Responsibility in the Organization,"
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What should be the role of environmental managers in their organization’s environmental sustainability and social responsibility efforts?
2. Which other departments or functional areas within an organization are best positioned to collaborate with environmental managers on these efforts?
The results suggest that while the embedded role of environmental managers in the organization positions them to collaborate with several other departments or functional areas on sustainability and social responsibility efforts, their abilities may not be fully realized. Beyond technical and regulatory compliance-related efforts to manage environmental impacts and prevent pollution, environmental managers may be underutilized. The concept of sustainability is broad. The
Brundtland Commission, chartered by the World
Commission on Environment and Development
(1987), defined sustainable development as
“development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” While this definition is widely recognized and accepted, it does not provide clear direction on its application or the roles and responsibilities that the various functional units should play in an organization. In this work, sustainability is considered to be a combination of “social responsibility” as set forth in ISO 26000:2010
Guidance for Social Responsibility (ISO 2010) and “environmental
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