Research

Research

One of the MSWG’s primary purposes is to facilitate research efforts that examine EMSs and new regulatory innovations. The working group’s various projects and events are designed to provide members and others with better information on ISO 14001, EMAS and other EMS frameworks.

MSWG Pilot Project
National Database on Environmental Management Systems
The Brookings Institute and the Academic Roundtables
MSWG Pilot Project
The MSWG has undertaken a large research effort through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Environmental Law Institute. Ten member states along with the U.S. EPA have partnered with organizations under their jurisdiction to gather data on EMS design, implementation and results. The states provide various levels of assistance to pilot project participants in return for EMS design and performance data that will be entered into a national database (see below). There are currently about 80 pilot project participants. For more information see Summary of ISO 14001 State Activity (Adobe Acrobat required).

National Database on Environmental Management Systems
The National Database on Environmental Management Systems is maintained by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Environmental Law Institute through a U.S. EPA grant. Pilot project participants (see above) contribute performance data to the database. When enough data is entered into the database, it will be available to the public. For more information, visit the official National Database on Environmental Management Systems website. Below are documents related to the data entry for pilot participants.

MSWG Voluntary Project Evaluation Guidance (MS Word)- explains the purpose of the data protocols and gives an overview of the types of questions a company will need to answer.
MSWG Baseline Data Protocols (version 2.2) (MS Word) – contains the baseline questions that companies involved in the MSWG pilot project will answer for inclusion in the database.
MSWG EMS Design Protocols (version 2.3a) (MS Word)- contains the EMS design questions that companies involved in the MSWG pilot project will answer as they design and implement their EMS.
Academic Roundtables
Because the research function is such an important part of MSWG’s mission, the working group has attempted to engage academia in a variety of ways. Over the past two years, a series of academic roundtables was held around the country culminating in a Research Summit held on November 2-3, 1999 hosted by the Brookings Institution.

EMS Research Summit Website
Academic Roundtable Summaries