How do we protect biodiversity? Begin by linking with local research and conservation groups to map biodiversity on campus, and then measure the impact of operational/community activities and development. Once you have this information, establish strategies to minimise any threat to sensitive ecosystems, including setting up protection zones.
How can we make refrigeration in the kitchen more energy-efficient? Establish a regular programme of checking and replacing seals on refrigerator and cold-room doors to minimise leakage.
How should we handle the disposal of IT waste? Where possible, set up cradle-to-grave contracts with vendors , making them responsible for the sustainable disposal of everything from packaging to equipment at the end of life. Where that is not an option, see if equipment can be re-used by the community or other groups. Often, charitable organisations will have systems for re-distributing functional equipment, provided it is not too old. Otherwise, ensure companies hired to recycle IT waste do so in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
Published on Oct 9, 2014
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