Every activity that humans undertake has the potential to degrade the environment and reduce the finite volume of natural resources on the earth. The concept of environmental management, though complex and multifaceted, seeks to make every effort to reduce or eliminate the negative impacts of humans on the environment and enhance those that are positive. Environmental management for businesses is an awareness of how the creation of products and services affects the environment and how internal policies, programs and activities will eliminate or mitigate those impacts.
At IID, environmental management is directed by the Board of Directors through an environmental policy that establishes the tenets of stewardship that guide district activities. According to the policy, all departments must:
- Protect the unique natural, biological and cultural resources with the IID service area.
- Integrate environmental management techniques into project planning, design, and construction to conserve natural resources and minimize toxicity and volume of wastes generated.
- Minimize impacts on human health and the environment through prevention, mitigation, and remediation as appropriate to address environmental impacts.
- Maximize resource utilization through reusing and recycling materials, purchasing recycled materials, and using recyclable materials when possible.
- Conduct operations and manage wastes in a safe, compliant and cost effective manner.
- Promptly identify and aggressively mitigate identified noncompliant conditions and encourage full disclosure and open discussion regarding compliance issues.
- Consider the input of stakeholders when weighing environmental options.
- Establish documented environmental objectives and milestones and update them as necessary to reflect the changing needs, missions and goals of IID.
- Measure environmental performance and monitor impacts on the environment and communicate the results to employees and stakeholders.
- Continuously improve environmental management systems through self-assessment and corrective action.
- Direct environmental compliance responsibilities, operational oversight and internal enforcement authority through the Environmental Compliance supervisor and/or designated staff.
All departments are responsible to conduct business consistent with this policy, but the core oversight and implementation of environmental management is coordinated by the Environmental, Regulatory and Emergency Planning Section.