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Sustainability 2013, 5(6), 2557-2588; doi:10.3390/su5062557

Effect of Systems to Manage Environmental Aspects on Environmental Performance

Department of Economics, University of Kansas, 435 Snow Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
Received: 25 March 2013 / Revised: 28 May 2013 / Accepted: 30 May 2013 / Published: 7 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Business: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability)
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This paper analyzes the effect of systems to manage environmental aspects on environmental performance at individual polluting facilities. Regulated polluting facilities are increasingly embracing pollution minimization strategies that involve the adoption of broadly defined systems to manage environmental aspects. Despite a meaningful empirical literature, whether or not these systems lead to better environmental performance remains an open question. This study seeks to assess the possible connection between systems to manage environmental aspects and improved environmental performance. It also seeks to identify the factors determining the extent of the adopted system of management and the factors’ direct effects on environmental performance. For this empirical analysis, the study examines the extent of systems to manage environmental aspects employed by and the level of wastewater discharged by U.S. chemical manufacturing facilities during 2001.
Keywords: environmental; management; performance; compliance; wastewater; discharges; chemical manufacturing environmental; management; performance; compliance; wastewater; discharges; chemical manufacturing
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Earnhart, D. Effect of Systems to Manage Environmental Aspects on Environmental Performance. Sustainability 2013, 5, 2557-2588.

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