In the context of Green Star – Performance, effective environmental management involves the identification, management and reduction of negative impacts to the environment that result from a building’s operation.
Comprehensive, site specific oversight mechanisms and the implementation of appropriate environmental management systems assist facilities management teams to monitor, track and report on the environmental impacts associated with the operation of their building. Using this information, facilities management teams can take action to mitigate or minimize negative impacts where necessary and identify opportunities for ongoing improvement.
The ‘Environmental Management’ credit awards points where a comprehensive, site specific Environmental Management Plan (EMP) has been implemented and adhered to by subcontractors throughout the performance period.
Additional points are awarded where teams can demonstrate a formalized, systematic and methodical approach to the planning, implementation and ongoing review of the EMP.
Further points are available when the formalized management system has been certified by a third-party organization. Third-party certifiers must be members of the International Accreditation Forum and be able to provide independent verification of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standards, or Australian Standard equivalents.
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