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Environmental basics

What is the environment?

The environment is everything around us. This is all external conditions and factors, living and nonliving, which can affect any living organism or ecosystem.

What is environmental management?

Environmental management is the planning and implementation of practices aimed to manage the human impact upon the environment.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is the ability of earth's various systems, including human economies and cultural systems, to survive and adopt to changing environmental conditions indefinitely.

What are the four principles of sustainability?

Through the study of how life on earth has survived and adapted to major changes, environmental scientists have determined that human societies need to:

Become more reliant on renewable energy (specifically solar energy);

Protect and preserve biodiversity;

Control population growth; and

Recycle and reuse nutrients.

How do we become more sustainable?

We can become more sustainable through pollution prevention; switching to renewable energy; making wise purchasing decisions; waste prevention; protecting habitat; environmental restoration; less resource waste; population stabilisation; and, protecting natural capital.

Further reading

What is an environmental management system?

How to improve existing ISO 14001 environmental management systems

Developing an effective environmental policy

EMS questions and answers

What's making news?

Business Growth Grant

Business Growth Grants

Eligible businesses reimbursed up to 50% of an environmental consulting fee.



ISO 14001 environmental management system

ISO 14001 EMS

Environmental Compliance

Compliance reviews

Environmental Auditing

Environmental auditing

Environmental Management Plan

EMP development