I know what you’re thinking; laws are boring, they make me feel like I’m in school, can’t I just do my best at following them on my own? If you’re a business owner, or if you work for a company that you care about, don’t leave just yet!
You might not know this, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been cracking down on their laws and regulations more than ever, and that includes businesses small and large alike, so it’s more important than ever that you know the real standards that your business is being held to. You may be breaking an environmental law right now that you don’t even know about, so it’s important to get educated on the topic!
Let’s talk about a few recent laws you should definitely know about. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 set regulations in place that greatly affected car companies, like an upped standard of fuel efficiency and technology. This act also included the lighting switch, which began the slow ban of standard light bulbs. This aspect of the law was supposed to be implemented by 2014, although it is currently under some scrutiny. To learn more about the lighting switch, check out our article on it here.
The EPA is also implementing new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions for industrial companies. This is particularly something to keep up on because it changes often. The EPA is working to find ways to lower these emissions and it has become a difficult change across our country. The regulations for CO2 emissions are ever-changing in order to make the transitions easier for companies.
Let’s move on to some green standards you may not be aware of. Thinking of building on your property? You definitely need to make sure you’re doing it the green way, not only to save yourself money and trouble in the future, but also to stay environmentally friendly! Many builders think that since they own the property, it doesn’t matter how or where they build on it. But you might have to verify that your land is fit for building in terms of being green, and that your building materials are up to par.
Visit the EPA website for questions that you have about making sure you follow the standards that apply to you. Many regulations vary by state, or even by industry. Most people don’t know everything there is because, well, most people don’t work for an agency like the EPA, who spends all their work time making efforts for the green movement.
If you ever have any questions about regulations in your area, or just don’t understand any EPA laws, feel free to contact Environmental Preservation Solutions! We can help your business run up to these standards, and run as green as possible!Nicole Espinosa EPS Editor and Writer