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Environmental Indicators

  • By: Mousumi Roy & Jill Coleman
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Environment indicators are a set of measurements or statistics that indicate the overall condition of the environment and provide evidence of the effectiveness of environmental management programs and business sustainability practices. Often environmental indicators are aggregated or grouped into a single weighted index. Indicators may show the improvement or worsening conditions of the environment as a trend line, starting from a current baseline to a projected state; thus, a judgment could be made regarding the relative impact and magnitude of a business practice to the environment. The number and type of indicators utilized are dependent on the company size, consumer base, company policy, governmental enforcement, and potential financial and reputation impact. Environmental indicators may incorporate information on resource management, energy usage, pollution emissions (e.g., air ...

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