Environmental Stewardship is recognized as one of the primary responsibilities of the Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation (Authority/Corporation). Incorporating Environmental Stewardship into all projects and activities is one of the Strategic Goals of the organization. Successful implementation of this goal requires that all Authority/Corporation employees take on the role of environmental stewards.
Environmental Stewardship is characterized as:
- Environmental Compliance and
- Environmental Enhancement.
Compliance requires acting in accordance with the legal requirements of state and federal environmental laws, as well as related Authority/Corporation policies. Environmental enhancement involves improving our environment beyond compliance by identifying and implementing opportunities for cost-effective improvements in our daily activities, capital projects and future planning efforts.
Environmental Stewardship activities include, but are not limited to:
- protecting, improving and enhancing environmental conditions;
- educating and promoting positive attitudes, ethics and behaviors related to the environment;
- managing environmental resources and values through partnerships with public and private entities;
- and making decisions that consider the needs of the organization while understanding the consequences to the environment.
Specific examples may include saving energy, recycling materials, progressing projects and activities in compliance with regulations, while looking for opportunities to enhance the environment, and much more. Adopting Environmental Stewardship provides for compliance with laws and regulations and allows the Authority/Corporation to go beyond compliance in improving the environment. It is good business; and it is the right thing to do.