Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Survey Shows Business Spending More Time, Money on Environmental Issues

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Survey Shows Business Spending More Time, Money on Environmental Issues

Article excerpt

A survey recently conducted by The American Institute of Plant Engineers (AIPE) revealed that a wide variety of U.S. businesses spent more time and money in 1992 dealing with environmental issues related to their operations. The survey also revealed that many of these businesses are realizing significant operational cost savings in the process of becoming more environmentally sensitive.

A total of 113 responses were received from the survey of 500 randomly-selected AIPE members who are plant engineers or facilities engineers. Respondents included engineers representing a wide range of facilities, from large, multinational manufacturing corporations to smaller, service-oriented businesses such as medical centers or hotels.

Almost 85 percent of respondents indicated that the amount of time their departments spent dealing with environmental issues increased during 1992, while only two percent of respondents said environmental issues took less of their time last year.

Similarly, only two percent of respondents indicated that their budgets for dealing with environmental issues decreased in 1992. Almost 60 percent said their budgets increased from one to 30 percent.

When survey respondents were asked to name which environmental issues received priority in 1992 their answers were split almost evenly among: reducing CFC emissions; reducing energy consumption; reducing air and water pollution; and reducing the volume of solid wastes. …

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