Environmental Management - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

This policy states the University’s commitment to conduct its activities in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act (Qld) (1994) and associated legislation.  This document offers general guidance to executive, managers, staff and students in meeting legislative and governance requirements of environmental management.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

EP Act - Environmental Protection Act (Queensland) (1994)

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to staff, students, contractors and visitors of the University and applies to all activities conducted on University premises or under the auspices of the University.

4. Policy Statement

The University of Queensland acknowledges the importance of protecting environmental values as part of the global community.  Through its planning and practice, the University is committed to ensuring the protection of the environment by keeping environmental harm to a minimum in a sustainable, economically rewarding and technically feasible manner.

Staff, students, contractors and visitors must meet their responsibilities under this policy.

5. Responsibilities

All members of the University community share the responsibility for protecting the environment.  This policy uses the three responsibilities of the EP Act; Executive Officer Responsibility (Section 493), General Environmental Duty (Section 319) and Duty to Notify (Section 320):

  • Executive, managers and supervisors must ensure that the University complies with the EP Act.
  • Individuals undertaking activities on University premises or under the auspices of the University must take all reasonable and practicable measures to prevent or minimise any environmental harm the activity may cause.
  • On becoming aware of environmental harm, all individuals have a responsibility to notify the University.

6. Commitment

In addressing this policy statement and in meeting environmental responsibilities, the University will:

  • Consider sustainability issues in the decision-making process of planning and managing the University’s operations and activities, including capital works projects.
  • Facilitate and enhance the decision-making process by seeking opinions, feedback and participation from the University’s stakeholders on environmental management issues on University campuses and sites.
  • Promote and encourage environmental awareness and training to ensure individuals throughout the University are aware of their environmental responsibilities.
  • Strive for continuous improvement of environmental performance by identifying and addressing environmental risk. 
  • Make available procedures for minimising risks that comply with local, state and federal environmental legislation with the goal of attaining best environmental practice.
  • Make available resources to implement and meet the requirements of this policy.
  • Offer, encourage and develop courses, programs and research projects of environmental and sustainable content. 
  • Promote external awareness by supporting projects that seek solutions to environmental problems in order to improve the sustainability of the global environment.
Director, Property and Facilities Mr Fabby Ernesta
Director, Property and Facilities Mr Fabby Ernesta