Study Conducted by:
Greg Davis, M.A.Sc. candidate, Ryerson University
Kernaghan Webb, Director, Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility
Question Being Investigated:
What are the advantages and challenges associated with implementing a 3rd party certified environmental management systems in a municipal organization such as the cities of Toronto and Montreal?
Environmental management systems (EMSs) such as the one set out by the International Organisation for
The City of Calgary is the first municipality in North America to achieve a corporate-wide ISO 14001 registration. By the end of 2006, every business unit within the City of Calgary received registration to the updated ISO 14001:2004 standard. The accomplishment leads the way for other cities to learn from the improvements to be had in risk management, organizational integration, process improvement, and urban competitiveness experienced by Calgary. The cities of Toronto and Montreal are unique situations with different geography, resources, and infrastructure. Any environmental management solution must apply the best available ideas and in the context of how they can maximize benefits to their respective organizations.
Drawing on the Calgary ISO 14001 experience, this study will examine the value and feasibility of
- Article on motivations and lessons learned through the Calgary ISO 14001 experience;
- Article on possible value of, challenges to, application of 3rd party ISO 14001 to municipalities;
- Masters thesis extrapolating results of study on Calgary, Toronto, Montreal; drawing conclusions on applicability of EMS to Canadian municipalities and beyond;
- Presentation of findings at Spring 2009 Toronto-Montreal City Summit
Information forthcoming - Please return in spring 2009.
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