The Environmental Sustainability team within OEC are responsible for the following environmental services and management initiatives: Contractor induction and WHS; and Hawkesbury farm. Complementing these environmental and logistic services, Environmental Sustainability initiatives include those relating to the Environmental Management System, Campus amenity and the Hawkesbury Farm (opens in a new window).
Environmental Management System
The University's Environmental Management System (EMS) reflects commitment to a comprehensive system of risk assessment and action plans relating to our environmental responsibilities.
The guiding documents associated with the EMS include the:
- Environmental Management Policy (opens in a new window);
- Environmental Risk Register;
- Environmental Legal Register;
- Environmental Management System Manual;
- Environmental Management Plan (opens in a new window); and
- Environmental Management Procedures (opens in a new window).
The Environmental Management Plan outlines a number of key environmental management programs as summarised below. The Environmental Procedures address issues of: waste and pesticide management, emergency preparedness and spill responses, urban wildlife and contractor management.
- The Energy Conservation and Management Program incorporates reporting requirements associated with the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS); TEFMA benchmarking for energy consumption, and demonstrating energy efficiency in building and renovation, building performance and occupant behaviour.
- The Water Conservation and Management Program addresses integrated management of water resources, including risk management and utilisation of water recycling and stormwater reuse, the implementation of water sensitive urban design and the management of riparian corridors, and water conservation through the implementation of water efficient devices consistent with Water Savings Action Plans.
- The Waste Avoidance, Recycling and Hazardous Substances Program focuses on strategies to reduce waste to landfill and increase recycling rates, address other waste streams, and complement WHS initiatives in relation to environmentally hazardous chemicals.
- The Biodiversity Management Program encompasses statutory requirements for assessing environmental or species impacts of activities, managing remnant bushland on our campuses consistent with the Cumberland Plain Recovery Plan through best practice for bush regeneration, biosecurity (weed and feral pest management), and bushfire hazard reduction. This includes the operation of the Hawkesbury Bush Fire Unit developed in collaboration with the Rural Fire Service.
- The Environmental Awareness and Training Program addresses the need for contractors, staff and students (as building occupants and users of broader campus assets) to behave in an environmental responsible manner grounded upon an understanding of environmental risks, and building environmental assets as platforms for teaching, research and community engagement.
Campus amenity is a key focus of coordinated initiatives across grounds, environmental and waste management portfolios. As a key contributor to an environment conducive to teaching and learning, and as external learning commons, the grounds and areas adjacent to buildings are a focus for establishing practical infrastructure to enable and promote appropriate waste disposal and recycling (eg. Rubbish and recycling receptacles and signage), access to drinking water (eg water bottle filling stations), access to alternative transport and secure bicycle parking (eg, bike racks), use of outdoor areas as learning commons and social spaces (eg outdoor furniture, shade umbrellas and BBQs).