EMI (Environmental Management Incubator)
Most businesses are impacted by continually expanding environmental
regulations and requirements. Corresponding environmental services and
technologies are developing rapidly, and their use can enhance the ability of
businesses to be competitive and financially successful. Unfortunately, the cost
of obtaining relevant environmental information in a timely manner can be
prohibitive for small and medium-sized organizations. While creating at least a
short-range problem for many businesses, the increasing emphasis on the quality
of the environment, including more stringent regulations, generates business
opportunities for environmental management services and technology development.
In 1995, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a grant to
Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical, and Applied
Sciences (CEGAS), to help business and industry address environmental issues.
Under this grant, CEGAS developed the Environmental Management Incubator, with
the goal of enhancing the sustainability of regional businesses by providing
effective access to environmental information and environmental management
strategies and encouraging business development based on environmentally-related
opportunities. Additional funding was provided by the EDA in October 1999 to
sustain EMI operation and delivery of services. Goals of this grant include
expanding EMI outreach to additional companies and business sectors and
maximizing company benifits by providing follow-on support and guidance.