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Environmental Management at USW

Environmental Management aims to fulfill human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for future generations. The University’s commitment to the environment consists of a holistic approach that involves:

• A long-term, integrated approach to developing and achieving a healthy community for staff, students and visitors by jointly addressing economic, environmental and social issues, whilst avoiding the over consumption of key natural resources.

• Adapting a series of policies and strategies which over time underpin how the University operates, functions and presents itself to the outside world.

• Complying with increasing demand to perform across environmental, social and economic drivers.

To achieve success in this field we must draw upon and include our staff, students, visitors, business contacts, suppliers, local residents and partners.

The Vice Chancellor and the University’s Directorate have made a commitment to care for the environment. This is set our in our Environmental Policy. View it in English or Welsh.

To demonstrate this, the University has created a formal Environmental Management System for the operations of Estates and Facilities. This system has been successfully certified to the International Environmental Management Standard BS EN ISO14001:2004.

To fulfil its commitment, the University will:

  1. Comply with all the environmental legislation and other requirements which apply to its activities
  2. Identify how its activities impact on the environment
  3. Implement plans to reduce detrimental impacts and enhance beneficial impacts

The Sustainability Officer within the Estates and Facilities Department is responsible for managing the University’s environmental management system. However care for the environment is a responsibility for all members of the University, both staff and students. Whilst some have specific responsibility for a particular aspect of the environment, e.g. handling waste materials properly, designing environmentally efficient buildings, everyone needs to be environmentally aware and seek to behave in an environmentally responsible way, e.g. saving energy, not wasting resources, promoting recycling.

Specific procedures have been produced by the environmental team to help manage the university’s environmental impact. More information can be found on the Policies & Documentation page.

Further information is available from the Estates and Facilities Department on request.