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Definitions

This section contains various definitions that are used in the Naperville Campus Environmental Management System. 

Continual Improvement: Process of enhancing the environmental management system to achieve improvements in overall environmental performance in line with the organization's environmental policy.

 Environment: Surroundings in which an organization operates, including air, water, land, natural resources, flora, fauna, humans and their interrelation.

 Environmental Aspect: Elements of an organization's activities, products and services that can interact with the environment.

 Environmental Impact: Any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or partially resulting from an organization's activities, products or services.

 Environmental Management System: That part of the overall management system that includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources for developing. implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining the environmental policy.

 Environmental Management System Audit: Systematic and documented verification process of objectively obtaining and evaluating evidence to determine whether an organization's environmental management system conforms to the environmental management system audit criteria set by the organization, and for communication of the results of this process to management.

 Environmental Objective: Overall environmental goal, arising from the environmental policy, that an organization sets itself to achieve, and which is quantified wherever practicable.

 Environmental Performance: Measurable results of the environmental management system, related to an organization's control of its environmental aspects, based on its environmental policy, objectives and targets.

 Environmental Policy: Statement by the organization of its intentions and principles in relation to its overall environmental performance that provides a framework for action and for the setting of its environmental objectives and targets.

 Environmental Target: Detailed performance requirement, quantified wherever practicable, applicable to the organization or parts thereof, that arise from the environmental objectives and that need to be set and met in order to achieve those objectives.

 Interested Party: Individual or group concerned with, or affected by, the environmental performance of an organization.

Organization: Company, corporation, firm, enterprise or institution, or part or combination thereof, whether incorporated or not, public or private, having its own functions and administration.

 Prevention of Pollution: Use of processes, practices, materials or products that avoid, reduce or control pollution, which may include recycling, treatment, process changes, control mechanisms, efficient of resources and material substitution.



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