Integrated Facility Environmental Management Approaches: Lessons from Industry for Department of Defense Facilities

By Beth E. Lachman; Frank Camm et al. | Go to book overview

Chapter One
INTRODUCTION

Many innovative approaches to facility environmental management are emerging both throughout the private sector and within the Department of Defense (DoD). Leading commercial firms can offer DoD useful insights about how they have successfully implemented such approaches. This report documents how facilities with diverse activities have developed integrated ways of complying with current regulations and of preventing future pollution. The focus is on commercial efforts to implement integrated facility approaches to environmental management across the diverse and complex activities that are similar to those found on DoD bases.1 Such activities include commercial, residential, industrial, and natural-resource management activities. This study addressed implications for DoD installations.

The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security asked RAND to study the environmental management practices of commercial facilities recognized as having the best practices to draw lessons from them that DoD could use to improve its own. The project focused on environmental management in four

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Integrated facility approaches and facilitywide approaches both refer here to approaches that address environmental issues by looking at the entire facility as comprehensively and proactively as possible. Integrated environmental management refers to the broader concept of addressing environmental issues as comprehensively and proactively as possible across an entire system. Such a system may be an individual facility, several facilities, an entire company, or even a company policy. Thus, an integrated facility approach is one type of integrated environmental management approach. Note also that base and installation both refer to any DoD-owned facility, from a single building to a major post, and that defense installation refers to any DoDowned facility, whether or not any military personnel are actually stationed there.

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