Engineering Management & Systems Engineering;
School of Engineering & Applied Science

Implementing Environmental and Energy Management Systems (EMSE 6992)

New course offered at the EMSE department in Spring 2014

.Experience in the regulated community indicates that even rigorously compliant enterprises still have exposures to episodic regulatory violations and environmental incidents, as well as to failures to reduce energy consumption or secure renewable alternatives. While regulatory requirements mandate actions to achieve specified levels of environmental and energy (E&E) performance, they do not compel changes in the culture or operations of the organization that would ensure the consistency and reliability of performance.

Motivated to address their environmental and energy risks, enterprises across the globe began to unite in the early 90’s to create standards including the ISO 14000 series and the ISO 50001 to manage these risks. Systems that conform to those standards are being implemented across private and public sector enterprises worldwide. Professionals in the environmental and energy fields are expected to have sufficient knowledge of such standards, with some requiring that they have the competence to implement conforming management systems that can be certified by third-party, accredited certifiers.

At the end of this course, students who are environmental or energy managers or professionals in the public and private sectors, or graduate level students aspiring to government or industry positions will have sufficient knowledge to implement and obtain certification of E&E management systems. In addition to the fundamental concepts that underlie the elements of the international standards, students will learn how to organize and lead organizational efforts to create and implement E&E management systems. This course will focus primarily on the implementation of an environmental management system (EMS) and will draw parallels that are applicable to an energy management system (EnMS).

Specific topics studied in the course include the principles and concepts of management systems; establishing the organizational need for a system; forming the system implementation team; evaluating organizational requirements, risks and operations that need to be managed; scoping the system; setting objectives, metrics and operational controls; creating action plans; system maintenance with corrective actions, updates, audits and management reviews; and helpful tools and aids for management system development and implementation.

The course will be taught by Joe Cascio, a senior advisor with Booz Allen Hamilton and visiting scholar at George Washington University. He was the Federal Environmental Executive within the Council on Environmental Quality of the Executive Office of the President from June 2008 to January 2009. He has over 30 years of experience in environmental management and public policy development. He worked both prior and subsequent to this position as a consultant in the public and private sectors developing and implementing environmental management systems.

He was chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group on the ISO-14000 series of standards from 1991 to 2003. In this role, he served as the lead U.S. negotiator on the International Technical Committee (TC207) of ISO that developed those standards. From 2003 to 2013, he was chairman of Subcommittee Four of TC207 for the development of standards for environmental performance evaluation.

Mr. Cascio co-authored The ISO 14000 Guide, which was published by McGraw-Hill in 1996 and edited “The ISO 14000 Handbook", published by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world as an expert on environmental management and as the key architect and strategist in formulating the U.S. posture on the ISO-14000 series of standards. He has authored over three-dozen articles and papers, delivered hundreds of speeches and presentations, and testified before congressional sub-committees on environmental management.

Description of the course will be presented in the GWU SEAS online information sessions to be held in the Fall of 2013, tentatively scheduled for September and November. To find out the dates and times of the sessions, please follow the schedule at the SEAS online information sessions page.

The course syllabus can be accessed here, and the detailed description of the topics covered in the course is available here.