Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Enviro, Social, and Governance: What You Need to Know About ESG

Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) is an evaluation of a firm’s collective conscientiousness for social and environmental factors. ESG reporting and sustainability have moved from catchy buzzwords and “nice to have” elements of an organization’s portfolio to become business requirements. Multiple internal and external stakeholders are interested in greater corporate transparency when it comes […]

Looking Ahead at Enviro, Social, & Governance Week

Join us next week (Apr. 11-15) for a full week of free online events and digital resources designed around ESG that can help organizations meet new ESG demands. Register for event sessions today. Enviro, Social, & Governance Week is sponsored by Avetta, Alcumus, Cority, and Intelex. Monday, Apr. 11 Panel Discussion | Prioritizing and Maximizing ESG in Your […]

SEC Proposes Enhanced and Standardized Climate Risk Reporting

On March 21, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rule changes that will require U.S.-listed companies to provide investors with detailed climate change risk information, including some climate-related financial statement metrics and the disclosure of registrants’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. “I am pleased to support today’s proposal because, if adopted, it would provide […]

GAO Recommends RMPs Include Climate Risks

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released recommendations on February 28, 2022, indicating the EPA should provide more direction to facilities for including climate change risks in their risk management plans (RMPs). Many facilities that manufacture, use, and store hazardous chemicals are regulated by the EPA and are required to have RMPs in place to […]

Federal ‘Good Neighbor Plan’ Proposed to Reduce Downwind Smog

The EPA’s proposed “Good Neighbor” plan is expected to cut pollution from power plants and other industrial sources for millions of Americans living downwind of those sources. This type of pollution significantly contributes to ground-level ozone, or smog. The proposal relies on commonly used and affordable pollution controls to help 25 states fully resolve their […]

Climate Change Budget Falls Short in Congress

On March 9, 2022, the U.S. Congress passed the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2471) and sent it to President Joe Biden’s desk, where it was signed into law on March 15, 2022. The bill reflects a 3.3 percent budget increase for the EPA. After years of budget cuts under the Trump […]

EHS Now: Implementing Sustainability Throughout the Supply Chain

Day 2 of EHS Now’s exclusive free online summit closes with a fireside chat about improving sustainability compliance in the supply chain. Day 2: Thursday, March 24 Fireside Chat | Implementing Sustainability Throughout the Entire Supply Chain Time: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM EDT Sponsored by Avetta Presented by: Danny Shields, Quality, Health, Safety, Sustainability Professional, Avetta While companies recognize […]

California Allowed to Move Ahead with Tougher Vehicle Emissions Standards

On March 9, 2022, the Biden administration EPA announced it is reinstating the “California Waiver,” which provides the Golden State with its regulatory authority to set more stringent fuel efficiency and vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards. This decision reverses the previous administration’s action that had removed this authority. “Today, we proudly reaffirm California’s longstanding […]

States Challenge EPA Over Tougher Emissions Standards

Texas Attorney General (AG) Ken Paxton led a 15-state coalition in filing a petition for review of the EPA’s final rule for tougher emissions standards in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals entitled “Revised 2023 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards.” “At a time when American gas prices are skyrocketing at […]

USPS Fleet Purchasing Decision Draws Criticism

On February 23, 2022, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) issued a record of decision (ROD) and announced it will move ahead with plans to purchase 148,500 new gasoline-powered vehicles over the next decade in spite of Biden administration objections. The decision is the result of the USPS’s completion of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on […]