43.2 Guiding Principles
In support of this commitment, the University adopts the following guiding principles. The University will:
- Comply with applicable safety, health, and environmental laws and regulations.
- Recognize appropriate safety and environmental management as among its highest priorities and establish policies, programs, and practices for conducting operations in a healthy, safe, and environmentally sound manner.
- Strive to increase awareness of environmental issues and the impact of the University's activities on the environment, and to educate, train, and motivate members of the University community to conduct their activities in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Strive to increase the University community's understanding of how to work safely, reduce injuries, and minimize events that could adversely affect the safety and health of individuals and the environment.
- Foster openness and dialogue, including the involvement of and communication with the University community, thereby anticipating and responding to their concerns about potential hazards and impacts of operations, services, or wastes.
- Develop, design, and operate our facilities and conduct our activities taking into consideration the safe and efficient use of energy and materials, the sustainable use of renewable resources, the minimization of adverse environmental impact and waste generation, and the safe and responsible reuse, recycling, or disposal of wastes or by-products.
- Promote the adoption of these guiding principles by agents or contractors acting on behalf of the University, encouraging and, where appropriate, requiring improvements in their practices to make them consistent with those of the University, and encourage the wider adoption of these principles by suppliers.
- Encourage pollution prevention and waste abatement through institutional changes, such as purchasing policies and specifications.
- Require University students, employees, tenants, and others using University property or engaging in University activities to comply with applicable safety, health, and environmental laws, and regulations.
- Contribute to the development of public policy and to business, governmental programs, and educational initiatives that enhance environmental awareness and protection.