The Colorado Environmental Management Society, formally Colorado Hazardous Waste Management Society, Inc. (CHWMS), is a nonprofit organization, created in 1985 to provide a forum for the exchange of information concerning technologies, laws and regulations, and other current developments pertaining to environmental health and safety matters and waste management issues.
CEMS membership consists of technical and legal professionals from environmental organizations, the government, academia, industry and the private sector. Members generally work in the environmental, health and safety fields.
CEMS provides information about current environmental health and safety development to its members through newsletters, monthly luncheon meetings, semi-annual workshops, and other reference materials.
To provide a mechanism for professional enhancement of its members with respect to environmental and health and safety (EHS) management. In addition, CEMS seeks to serve government, industry, environmental organizations and individuals in the development and use of prudent EHS management practices in the State of Colorado. It is the intent of the Society to be the premiere non-profit professional EHS management organization in the State.
CEMS’s objectives are to:
- Provide information and promote awareness among members on current developments regarding EHS management.
- Provide appropriate forums for members to exchange information and discuss current developments.
- Provide information and educate CEMS members on EHS management issues through a newsletter, luncheon meetings, workshops and reference information.
- Maintain a membership that is representative of the various disciplines involved in managing environmental and health and safety issues.
In working toward and achieving these objectives, CEMS will provide leadership in developing and maintaining a balance between the interests of business and industry and environmental protection in the State of Colorado.
The Society has monthly meetings which focus on providing professional development and education opportunities. The monthly meeting is typically held between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with the first 30 minutes reserved for member networking and lunch and the remaining hour for a presentation focused on an EHS topic. Lunch is provided to the speaker and to those members who have provided RSVP and payment.
The monthly speaker and presentation topic are identified and coordinated by the Programs and Professional Development Committee. One monthly meeting per year is typically reserved for an attorney ethics presentation to allow Society members who are attorneys to obtain their annual ethics continuing education credit. Prior to the presentation, the speaker is introduced to the members by the President.