Sector Activity Update
EPA Colleges and Universities Sector Strategies
February 19, 2004
The U.S. EPA Colleges and Universities Sector is a partnership designed to develop innovative programs and best management practices for promoting environmental stewardship and achieving performance objectives, and develop strategies to reduce regulatory barriers to environment performance in academia. For general background information see http://www.epa.gov/sectors/colleges/
The purpose of this Sector Activity Update is to advise interested parties of the Sector activities in the last few months particularly the direction of the three Working Groups.
Bruce Backus (Chair) Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Performance Measurement Work Group
This Work Group has decided to imitate a pilot study. Each of the member schools will work on measuring six specific indicators namely solid waste, hazardous waste, water, energy and greenhouse gases. The 14 schools will attempt to assemble measurement information over the last ten years to better identify problems and approaches. These same indictors are presented in the new Performance Measurement poster available at www.c2e2.org;
For more information on this Group contact Harold at
EMS Work Group
The Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Work Group has begun by preparing two documents: 1) A one-page description of “What is an EMS?” in order to synchronize our various perspectives and have a simple educational tool. 2) A non-regulatory , soft letter to college and university presidents that would promote EMS with testimonials and case studies highlighting financial benefits. The letter would suggest that a champion be appointed and would provide a link to practical web-based tools to get started. The Work Group has also been discussing a Best Management Practices catalog and speaking about EMS at higher education conferences.
For more information on this Group contact Harvest at ;
Chicago Meeting In July
Chair Shai Morris, EPA
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