The Greening of Corporate America

by Charles L. Sercu, ERM Inc, Exton, United States,
Anita Neidert, ERM Inc, Exton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


Since the decade of the 80's has seen both the most stringent environment regulations as well as the most destructive environmental incidents in our history, most American companies have come to realize that preserving the environment is a real priority. In many cases, to avoid these environmental incidents, whether from emission or products, companies are having to go beyond simply obeying environmental laws and regulations. For instance, environmental laws that one may think stringent today may well become retroactively illegal in the near future. Even though a company stays within the law, it is still liable for any harm it causes. And, if something does go wrong, legal liability is often just a part of the problem. No company wants to face the publicity of an excessive emission or environmentally hostile product. Hence, much of industry is thinking green.

Subject Headings: Emissions | Environmental issues | Waste management | History | Historic preservation | Laws | Industries | Corporations | United States

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