Whether your interest lies mostly with climate change, circularity, responsible sourcing or the environmental and health impact of your products and materials, UL Solutions has the tools to help. Learn more about our advisory, testing, certification and verification services related to those topics below.
UL Solutions helps companies demonstrate safety and sustainability in their product lines, facilities and supply chains to comply with regulations, empower transparency, increase environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure and meet green building and procurement standards. We do this by applying science-based sustainability standards, strong regulatory knowledge, responsible sourcing expertise and software tools. This helps companies mitigate risk and earn trust among stakeholders.
EU citizens benefit from some of the highest environmental standards in the world. The EU and national governments have set clear objectives to guide European environment policy until 2020 and a vision beyond that, of where to be by 2050, with the support of dedicated research programmes, legislation and funding:
Are you an environmental champion? Celebrate Earth Day by sharing your expertise in one of our environment focus groups throughout the month of April! These language-specific, online focus groups will help our organization understand the needs of our members and provide the tools and resources necessary to make an even greater impact within this important cause. Explore our upcoming focus group schedule in the Virtual Events Center!
Working side-by-side with partners at local, regional, state and federal levels, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) safeguards our state's environment while supporting the economic growth and development crucial for Michigan's future.
The world today is facing unprecedented, interconnected environmental challenges in areas including climate change, clean water, ocean health and biodiversity. New corporate efforts are needed to increase stewardship of natural resources, implement innovative solutions, and contribute to sustainable development.
Environment and Climate Change Canada informs Canadians about protecting and conserving our natural heritage, and ensuring a clean, safe and sustainable environment for present and future generations.
Among the consequential links between the environment and the mind are those between the qualities of certain environments (most notably natural settings) and well-being, as well as the psychological relationship between individuals and their threatened natural environments.
Important subjects in environmental psychology include the negative or positive effects of spaces on people who inhabit them: for example, the impact of environmental stressors like noise or crowding; the restorative effect of natural environments; and the features associated with increased well-being, performance, or other measures in places like offices, homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Environmental psychologists also study personal space, privacy, and the sense of ownership of spaces, how people can better navigate environments, why certain environments are preferred to others, and what motivates concern for the environment and environmentally friendly behaviors.
Environmental psychology's findings on how people evaluate and respond to the environment are relevant to domains with broad and lasting influence, including city planning, architecture, landscape design, and environmental sustainability. Insights from the field can help reveal how changes in the way humans use their environments, and how environments are constructed, could improve people's lives on individual and population-wide levels.
Even in an increasingly urbanized world, the natural environment is deeply important to the human species. In addition to providing space to explore, play, and relax with minimal interference, nature appears to have positive effects on mental health. Whether people get their dose of the outdoors on a trek through the wilderness or a jog through the city park, research suggests, we should not overlook its potential as a psychological salve.
Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is a practice popular in some East Asian countries that involves an immersive and mindful experience in nature. Those who traverse forest environments as part of this practice are encouraged to attend to them with each of the five senses. As with other forms of nature exposure, forest bathing has been studied for its potential effects on well-being, such as reduced feelings of anxiety and improved mood.
This conference will once again bring together environmental professionals from around the world for a showcase on odors and air pollutants management. The biennial Odor Conference is designed to educate practitioners, facility owners, operators, researchers, and public administrators about current odor issues, including regulatory requirements and methods for analyzing problems and finding solutions.
More than 16,000 publicly owned water resource recovery facilities operate in the United States. Skilled engineers and operators work together to ensure new and updated facilities continue to protect public health and the environment.
At the heart of sustainable development is a respect for all rights as well as responsibilities to the earth and future generations. Climate change and environmental degradation are obstacles to sustainable development, magnifying existing and overlapping inequalities. In many countries, women are among the most vulnerable to climate change and environmental impacts, partly because they make up the larger share of the agricultural work force and tend to have access to fewer income-earning opportunities. However, women are not only on the frontlines of crisis, they are on the frontlines of change. They are central actors, with unique knowledge and solutions in moving towards sustainability.
The Alliance seeks to address environmental risks to military activities and to security in general. For example, environmental factors can affect energy supplies to both civilian populations and military operations, making energy security a major topic of concern.
Natural disasters, including those that are linked to climate change, can damage or disrupt infrastructure and pose risks to energy security. These environmental factors are pertinent to NATO, particularly because most NATO members and partners rely on energy supplies from abroad sent via pipelines and cables that cross many borders.
Allies agreed to consult on the immediate risks in the field of energy security, share information, advance international and regional cooperation, develop consequence management and help protect critical infrastructure. Since the early 2000s, the SPS Programme has supported projects that focus on the link between energy infrastructure and environmental security.
NATO started to develop its environmental protection policy in the late 1970s, resulting in a number of guidelines and standards. At present, NATO's environmental policy states that NATO-led forces "must strive to respect environmental principles and policies under all conditions".
Currently, two dedicated NATO groups are addressing environmental protection while promoting cooperation and standardization among NATO member and partner countries, as well as among different NATO bodies and international organisations, which regularly attend as observers:
The EPWG aims to reduce possible harmful impacts of military activities on the environment by developing NATO policies, standardization documents, guidelines and best practices in the planning and implementation of operations and exercises.
Decades of activities by expert groups paved the way for the overarching policy document on "NATO Military Principles and Policies for Environmental Protection", agreed by the NATO Military Committee in 2003 and updated in 2011. This document describes the responsibilities of military commanders for environmental protection during the preparation and execution of military activities. It also recognises the need for "a harmonisation of environmental principles and policies for all NATO-led military activities". It instructs NATO commanders to apply "best practicable and feasible environmental protection measures", in an aim to reduce the environmental impacts caused by military activity. The document is complemented with several other NATO Environmental Protection Standardization Agreements (STANAGs) and Allied Joint Environmental Protection Publications (AJEPP), which are all focused on protecting the environment during NATO-led military activities. These include a Joint NATO Doctrine for Environmental Protection during NATO-led Military Activities; Environmental Protection Best Practices and Standards for Military Camps in NATO-led Military Activities; and Best Environmental Protection Practices for Sustainability of Military Training Areas.
To ensure compliance with NATO standards, forces must receive appropriate environmental protection training. While this training is primarily a national responsibility, NATO is determined to provide common environmental protection and energy efficiency education to Allied forces. The aim is to embed environmental protection awareness into the daily routines of military personnel and increase their personal responsibility in this field. To advance this objective, NATO has designated staff officers for the implementation of environmental protection at strategic, operational and tactical levels. The NATO School Oberammergau and the Military Engineering Centre of Excellence also provide environmental protection courses as part of their curriculum.
NATO has also used exercises to demonstrate the viability of energy-efficient military equipment. In various logistics exercises, NATO displayed how the integration of renewable energy like wind and solar, combined with energy storage, reduced the amount of diesel consumption in forward deployed military camps. This successful combination of fossil fuels and renewables demonstrated that energy efficiency and a smaller environmental footprint do not have to come at the expense of operational effectiveness. 041b061a72