Environmentally Sustainable University
 
This Association Notes:
 
That unsustainable environmental practice is damaging the environment and contributing to climate change which threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.
 
That Higher Education institutions in the UK have a considerable impact on the environment, consuming £200 million worth of energy annually.
 
The pragmatic programme of the Students’ Association in taking action to achieve environmental performance, however the lack of an obligation for the Association to maintain coherent and continual improvement of environmental performance.
 
That the University is also working in an environmental manner, but similarly lacks an obligation to maintain coherent and continual improvement of environmental performance.
 
The technical and financial support available from the Business Environment Partnership to assist EUSA in developing an Environmental Management System in compliance with ISO14001.
 
That ISO 14001 accreditation provides an Environmental Management System, which ensures a structured system of planning, implementing and managing environmental policy, in areas such as recycling, energy efficiency and energy consumption.
 
That establishing an effective Environmental Management System may provide cost savings, increase efficiency, keep the Association in line with environmental legislation, and lead to a better public perception of the Students’ Association and University.
 
 
This Association Believes:
 
That to maintain enduring improvement in environmental performance, EUSA requires an internationally recognised Environmental Management System.
 
ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised and valuable award that would define the requirements for establishing, implementing and operating an Environmental Management System and is currently the best available model for EUSA to pursue.
 
That EUSA should implement a comprehensive Environmental Management System and pursue ISO 14001 accreditation, which would define the requirements for establishing, implementing and operating an Environmental Management System.
 
That EUSA should be ambitious in the targets established under such a management system – seeking to reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, increase recycling and reduce waste – and strive to increase these targets through improved performance year after year. 
 
That EUSA should monitor the effectiveness of this system and remain open to other Environmental Management Systems as long as they proved more effective in delivering environmental improvement and the related cost savings.
 
That EUSA should be additionally required to publish an annual publication outlining performance levels and targets of the environmental management system.
 
That EUSA should encourage Edinburgh University to also follow the beliefs as outlined above.
 
 
This Association Resolves:
 
To mandate the Association to commitment to establishing an Environmental Management System through the ISO 14001 for as long as there is no better environmental management available to deliver environmental performance and the related cost savings.
 
To mandate the President, in conjunction with those involved in the Environmental Management System to produce an annual environmental statement, available for the public, that outlines current performance levels, and future targets.
 
To work with the University to ensure that it can gain ISO 14001 accreditation by establishing an effective Environmental Management System.
 
To promote environmental issues more widely amongst the student body.
 
 
Passed at the November 2004 General Meeting