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Assistance with Environmental Law and Compliance Questions

1. Why should an organization conduct an environmental audit? 2. If an audit is conducted - should any violations be self-reported? 3. What are the liabilities if: An audit is conducted? An audit is not conducted? 4. What types of audits have you done? 5. What type of environmental regulations affect you at: Home? Work

Environmental Accounting Discussion: Sustainability

1. You have just started working for a chemical manufacturing company. Your boss is aware that you took this course and is interested in implementing Environmental Accounting at the facility. Your boss would like you to explain (not list) at least three ways that environmental accounting can enhance business performance. 2. W

Conducting Life Cycle Assessment

Based on the LCA for Mere Mortals reading (attached), please answer the following questions. 1. What is Life Cycle Assessment and how is it conducted? 2. What is the difference between cradle to grave, cradle to gate, and gate to grave? 3. What is the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary data sources? 4. How

Wal-Mart : Sustainability Product Index

Wal-mart's Sustainable Product Index Nov 27, 2012 at 10:56am Review this press release (Links to an external site.) and its linked documents.  Since the launch, the Index has spun off into a third party organization non-governmental organization known as the Sustainability Consortium (TSC).  After viewing this short intro

Life Cycle Assessment

Locate and review a peer-reviewed article from a scholarly journal dealing with Life Cycle Assessment and then write an article review.

Specialty Glass Case Study

After reading this case study, it should be clear that Specialty Glass includes the cost of waste disposal in its overhead in a cost allocation system is set up like Exhibit 5 in the EPA EA reading (attached). Refer to the Specialty Glass Case Study Support (attached) page for tips. Assuming that Ruby Red glass production acc

A Discussion of Eco-Efficiency And Business

Achieving sustainable development will require the cooperation of individuals, communities, governments, and businesses. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (Links to an external site.) (WBCSD) claims that eco-efficiency is "the business contribution to sustainable development." Please address the following q

Environmental Costs for a P2 Project

See the attached file. Imagine that you are the environmental management team leader for a manufacturing plant. Your P2 team has decided that reducing solvent waste from parts washing will be the next P2 project. Solvents are used to clean grease off of parts and tools. In the process, a large quantity of hazardous waste is g

Measuring Environmental and Social Risks

Why is it important to measure social and environmental risk? Try to put yourself in the CEO or Director role of a company (EPA). How do you envision justifying/balancing resources for effective risk management. This is very open ended, but please incorporate environmental accounting as well as personal experience (feel free

Environmental Protection Agency: Performance Tracking

Tracking Performance Consider the nine principles of sustainability and the corporate sustainability model described in Chapter 1 (as well as in Figure 7.1). Think about the workplace (EPA) you have been describing in the previous discussions. Imagine that you are formulating a sustainability strategy for that organization, w

Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to Cradle View the video: ( and read the attached article. Then, answer the following questions: What stood out to you the most from the video and the MacArthur article? What did you learn? What changed your mind? What new questions did it raise? Leadership & Orga

Environmental Accounting

1. How can allocating overhead incorrectly impact pricing and profitability? 2. How can environmental accounting save companies money in the capital investments? 3. What is the difference between total cost assessment and life cycle cost assessment? 4. What is the distinction between Full Cost Accounting, Total Cost Acc

Corporate Social Responsibility: Public Relations Approach

Reflect on corporate citizenship and specifically the benefits of a public relations approach to corporate sustainability strategy. Consider the Environmental Protection Agency: Based on the agency's mission and practice, who has the company identified as its core and fringe stakeholders? Based on your own perspective, criti

Story of Stuff

In the Story of Stuff, Annie says "you can't run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely." Another way to say this is you can't have unlimited economic growth with limited resources. What does this mean for the future of the U.S. economy? What changes are needed to ensure that our economic system supports, rather than un


Help me on this as this is preparing me for my future use. Appreciate the help. Describe the current governmental approach to mitigating (controlling) the climate Change problem. Choose two Asian countries. Contrast the mitigation programs of the two countries. How effective are the climate Change programs? Why or why

Climate Change Regulations

1. What is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)? • Introduction • Objective/Purpose • Conclusion summarizing What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? • Introduction • Objective/Purpose • Conclusion summarizing What are the major scientific facts in the IPCC

Describing what it means to be human

What does it mean to be human? In APA-style format, write a 2 page paper with references that: 1. Describes the details of the topic 2. Explains why you chose this particular topic 3. Describe how the topic relates to Biodiversity and Evolution 4. Details how a changing environment may have had an effect on the organism

Population control in China and India

Effectively communicate and use scientific evidence regarding human impact on the environment with emphasis on sustainability and global citizenship (about 5 pages double spaced). Topic: Compare and contrast China's and India's efforts at slowing their population growth.

Applying the First and Second Law of Thermodynamics

Provide an explanation of the meaning of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Then using the second law, explain why a barrel of oil can be used only once as a fuel source, why can we not recycle high-quality energy resources.

Comparing PETA and the WWF Organizations

Please answer the following: - What is the mission statement of each organization? Is each organization a grassroots group, nonprofit organization, trade association or professional society? - When was each organization founded? How many members are associated with the organizations? - What environmental issues does each org

Erosion and Mass Wasting

I have the following task, and I need some help getting started: Write a response about: the importance of wind as an agent of erosion, and explain why statements that credit wind as having sculpted the landscape are probably inaccurate. Also comment on how climate influences mass wasting, and why might arid climates experience

Municipal Solid Waste

1) Review the history of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). 2) Describe an open dump and explain the environmental problems. 3) Describe an early landfill. What are the problems associated with early landfills? Include a discussion of leachate, methane, incomplete decomposition and settling. 4) Describe a modern landfill. Wha

Environmental Waste

In 2012, the U.S produced over 250 million tons of garbage. One component of this waste consisted of oil based plastic bags, which are utilized excessively by grocers, restaurants, and stores nationwide. In order to reduce this source of waste, many countries are banning plastic bags or taxing customers for their uses. What a

Alternative Energy Solutions and their Barriers to Implementation

In Contemporary Environmental Issues, there is concern about us reaching a peak in oil production. What two alternatives to oil that are currently available and what barriers keep these alternatives from replacing oil as our primary means of energy? Additionally, what two sources, discuss the role that government plays in ensuri

Environmental Science terms

Write summary or paragraph for the following: 1. Ecocide Then research the following terms also, and write a paragraph on each:show how these terms are used to transform out concept of the environment, and allowed it to be defined by those who would exploit the natural world for personal gain. 2. Tragedy of the Commons

Environmental Science Law: CERCLA

As an environmental worker, the environmental laws in your area interest you greatly. Please describe for the CERCLA act, - The date that the CERCLA act was enacted - The provisions of the law, what it is essentially - A little background for the act - who initiated it? How did it come to be passed by government? - Where

Continuous Improvement: ISO14000

What is meant by continuous improvement as it relates to ISO14000. Does there ever come a time when further improvement is not technically or economically feasible?