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Activity 1
What is the purpose of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act)?
What is the purpose of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)?
What is the Kyoto Protocol?
Who has the prime responsibility for environmental protection?
How do organisations know how to behave ethically in regards to sustainability?
Activity 2
What process might an assessor follow when analysing procedures to ensure compliance with environmental regulations?
How might an assessor conduct an assessment?
Activity 3
What is resource efficiency?
What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)?
How can a work group be engaged in disseminating environmental and resource efficiency information?
Activity 4
Explain the differences between qualitative and quantitative information.
What do you think are the advantages of presenting analysed data in graphical format, rather than a written report?
Your organisation is interested in analysing and organising information about the amount of paper it uses. Convert the data provided into a format that is easily used (for example charts). If preferred, use a computer program (such as a spreadsheet) to handle the conversion.
Activity 5
What are the goals of resource usage assessments?
List the steps (in order) that need to be taken when carrying out a resource usage assessment.
Activity 6
Identify five benefits of environmental purchasing.
Activity 7
How can organisations ensure that work processes meet environmental requirements and to identify areas in which changes need to be made?
What is problem-solving in the context of environmental work processes and what is its aim/s?
Activity 8
List at least five various ways that organisations can access stakeholders’ input.
Activity 9
What are the advantages of joining an industry association? Give two examples.
What are the advantages of joining an environmental program?
Activity 10
What is the hierarchy of control?
Rearrange the following controls in their correct order, as specified in the hierarchy of control:
a. Administration.
b. Elimination.
c. Engineering.
d. Personal Protective Equipment.
e. Substitution.
Activity 11
What are Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)?
What five criteria should be met when creating targets?
Identify what is wrong with the following targets and rewrite them so that they conform to SMART criteria:
a. The Absolute Advertising Agency will reduce its paper waste.
b. The Fish Factory will reduce its energy consumption to zero in the next month.
Activity 12
Identify five things a business could do to reduce its energy consumption.
Identify five things an organisation could do to reduce its waste.
Activity 13
Identify the four steps of the continuous improvement cycle.
Identify five things an organisation can do to improve the performance of its employees.
Activity 14
Explain why it is a good idea to integrate environmental procedures and practices with pre-existing organisation procedures and practices.
What needs to be done when existing procedures or work practices are changed or new procedures and work practices are introduced?
Activity 15
Define the term engagement
Why is it important to ensure that employees do not become disengaged?
What are the benefits of having a diverse team?
Activity 16
List the people/ groups who might make up an organisation’s stakeholders.
Each stakeholder will have different areas of expertise. Complete the following table by providing reasons that an organisation should seek suggestions and ideas about their environmental and resource efficiency management for each of the listed stakeholders.
Activity 17
A school is thinking about installing low-flush toilets in all of its bathrooms and air hand-driers to replace paper towel dispensers. Purchasing new toilets for the entire school will cost $22,000. It will need to employ plumbers to fit the toilets at a cost of $9,500. It is estimated that this will save the school $16,000 in water consumption fees. The hand-driers will cost $13,500. The cost of employing electricians to install the hand-driers will come to $4,400. As the school will no longer have to purchase paper towels, it will save $7,300 per year. It also estimates it will save $1,000 per year in cleaning costs, as the bathrooms will take less time to clean and bins will need to be emptied less frequently. The school will incur additional electricity costs of $1,700 per year, however. Calculate the combined payback period for the installation of low-flush toilets and air hand-driers.
Activity 20
Why is it important to carry out regular evaluations of environmental management systems, strategies and improvement plans?
Activity 21
1.   List five reasons that efficiency targets should be/ might need to be regularly reviewed.
Activity 22
Identify the characteristics of an effective reward system.

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