In this chapter, system science constructs are used to gain a deeper understanding of the forces and issues involved in environmental management. The first section covers U.S. environmental regulation, including legislative milestones and the current range of pollution prevention approaches, both voluntary and mandatory, being used to promote better environmental quality. It highlights the recognition among the regulatory community that, in order to improve environmental quality, we need to view the environment, and the cultures within it, as complex systems. In the second section, the environmental management system (EMS) is presented as one option to address that complexity, beginning with a description of its system-based strengths. The chapter concludes with recommendations for future research on sustaining participation in EMSs.

Negotiating Essentials

Negotiating Essentials

Always wanted to get a better deal but didn't have the needed negotiation skills? Here are some of the best negotiation theories. The ability to negotiate is a skill which everyone should have. With the ability to negotiate you can take charge of your life, your finances and your destiny. If you feel that others are simply born with the skill to negotiate, you should know that everyone can learn this wonderful skill.

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