2nd Annual Advanced EMS Workshop
October 13-14, 2004
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Co-Sponsored by Cornell University
and the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence
The 2nd Annual Advanced EMS Workshop successfully built on last year's workshop. More than 60 college and university EH&S professionals attended this session. The highlights of the workshop included:
• Learning about the Washington State University EMS "model" in which students enrolled in an EMS Class assist the EH&S Department in evaluating campus environmental impacts and working on EMS oriented initiatives
• Hearing about efforts to integrate sustainability initiatives into campus efforts to improve environmental performance
• Listening to EMS case studies from Rochester Institute of Technology, MIT, UMass Amherst , Washington State University, and Rhode Island School of Design
• Discovering the availability of a customizable sustainability planning tool, the SD Planner, developed by the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), which may serve as a useful framework to identify sustainability opportunities on campus. The C2E2 will be evaluating whether this tool can be appropriately customized to meet the needs of colleges and universities.
• Learning about one method (The Balanced Scorecard) to organize and structure performance measurement.
• Gaining insight to the ISO 14001 registration process for a college campus.
• A facilitated, structured roundtable discussion exploring the status of EMS initiatives on campus and the presentation of those results at the close of the meeting.
• A relaxed learning environment, which included beautiful fall foliage, a wonderful dinner at Six Mile Creek Vineyard and great Cornell hospitality.
We thank all the participants for an informative and productive workshop. Thanks to GEMI for providing participants with copies of many useful reports and documents, including the SD Planner, developed by the organization over the years. We thank our corporate sponsors, CDM, EA Engineering, Science & Technology, Inc. and O'Biren & Gere for their financial support.
We hope viewers will find the presentations helpful in developing and implementing EMSs on campus.
Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence