The scope of this study was to gather data on the how environment managers perceive their activity. Theoretical basis on environment managing was sought, observing its history; the development of environmental organizations in Brazil and abroad; factors and progresses in the global context, and samples of environmental managing from the Environment Management System (EMS). It consists of a case study of both descriptive and exploratory character focusing on the perceptions of environment managers graduated from three classes of lato sensu post-graduation course in Environment management management processes and on the interface of their praxis on their field of work. Two studies were carried out. The first aimed to present the course taken, and the second raised their perception on environment management and their interfaces with organizations, as graduated from the course. Data were collected from documental analysis and semistructured interview. In study 1 one of the coordinators of the course was intentionally chosen, as well as six other professors. Such choices were made due to their influence on forming the referred professionals, from candidate selection to the final monograph of the course. On this study the categories of the perceptions (of the coordinator/professors) on Environment Management. On study 2, also intentionally, nine managers were chosen based on their academic background and the fact of living and working in the same town of the course. On this study he categories of perceptions on Environment Management; support from organization towards managers and applicability of what was learned on their formation. After tabulation and analysis of data it was possible to conclude that environmental education, conducted by an organization representing industry businessmen in Goiás, is submerged in several contradictions, for environment preservation is incompatible with profit interests of the capitalistic production system. Also, the mechanicist model of formal education does not interpret the environmental complexity, which embraces nature, culture, society and politic dimension. The results of this study point that the priority to profits, given by the organizations, leads to insensitivity concerning the environment, whilst the graduated professionals lack the power to intervene on the industries. Such industries especially those of exporting goods only follow legal policies and invest on their image among consumers. The course on the professionals lives was vital on their technical establishment on the field of work; however it seemed distant in forming a critical sight of their role on the organization. If strengthened by a critical educational model, civil society, aware of its active role, may become a viable alternative to put pressure into the hegemonic power constituted by businessmen, politicians of executive, legislative and judiciary powers, forcing the Public Ministers to actually perform their social role.


gestão ambiental, educação ambiental, sociedade, organizações e cultura. psicologia environment management, environmental education, society, organization and culture.

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