HURDLES AND SOLUTIONS QUESTIONS FOR CAMPUS-WIDE OPERATIONS
How do we promote accountability and ownership? Embed sustainability into organisational policies, procedures, and processes. Establish useful benchmarks and reporting initiatives and designate areas of responsibility.
How do we combat resource restraints (both financial and human)? Partner with relevant stakeholders; e.g. local government, to provide outside funding and link with local initiatives seeking similar goals.
How do we reduce water consumption cost-effectively? Engage your community by having them report water waste, such as leaking taps, ruptured pipes, or malfunctioning irrigation systems. Promote the principle of active water conservation by encouraging shorter showers, and minimal use of potable water in research activities and campus operations.
How do we reduce the amount of campus waste going to landfill? Conduct audits to understand your waste streams. Minimise waste by maximising resource values and applying a waste hierarchy across all resource streams. That is, waste avoidance, reduction, re-use, recycling, and disposal – in that order.
Published on Oct 9, 2014
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