Environmental management and governance supposedly serve in modern attempts to achieve sustainable development. Universities abound with study programmes in environmental management, resource management and their governance. Conventionally, researchers with a focus on "environmental management" review existing management instruments and improve the latter or develop alternative instruments. My research takes a radically different approach: I approach environmental management as situated practices. By this I refer to the work and labour by agents of ecological modernisation as well as to the historical, geographical and political configuration of their day-to-day work practice. In the foreground of my take on environmental management studies are, then, environmental managers and their instruments and their actual use. These I approach ethnographically, contributing to critical environmental studies, human geography, environmental sociology and an environmental or earthly STS.