Southampton University Students’ Union recognises that its activities have ethical and environmental implications at local, regional and global levels. The Students’ Union realises that it has a responsibility to minimise the negative environmental impact of its activities, and to promote higher ethical standards.
Theethical and environmental policy applies to all premises, activities and services within the control of the Students’ Union. The Students’ Union will comply fully with all ethical and environmental legislation and will act to encourage the use of sustainable resources and discourage wasteful or damaging practices. In order to achieve this, the Students’ Union has the following key objectives.
- 1. Waste Management
1.1. To minimise waste production as far as is practicable
1.2. To reduce the consumption of all materials
1.3. To re-use or recycle waste wherever appropriate
1.4. To regulate the treatment and disposal of residual waste
1.5. To discourage littering
- 2. Emissions
2.1 To minimise avoidable pollution to air, land and water and to comply with all relevant legislation in this respect
2.2 To avoid the unnecessary use of hazardous substances and processes. Consideration will be given to using products which minimise environmental damage such as biodegradable cleaning products
2.3 To prevent damage to both public and ecological health where damaging substances and processes are in essential use
- 3. Energy and Water
3.1 To make efficient and environmentally responsible use of energy and water
3.2 To reduce the consumption of fossil fuels through improved energy efficiency
3.3 To endeavour when purchasing goods to ensure that they are the most efficient currently available
- 4. Noise
4.1. To ensure noise pollution is kept to minimal levels recognising the location of the main sites of the Students’ Union in residential areas
- 5. Transport
5.1 To encourage methods of transport by staff and students which minimise environmental impact
5.2 To encourage the use of public transport
5.3 To maintain and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to include retaining bicycle storage at all Students’ Union sites
- 6. Purchasing of Good and Services
6.1 To promote environmentally responsible procurement of goods and services
6.2 To encourage the use of recyclable and renewable sources of supply
6.3 To endeavour when purchasing goods to ensure that they are the most efficient currently available.
- 7. Buildings
7.1 To promote ethically and environmentally sound materials in any new or continuing union maintenance and development.
- 8. Environmental Education
8.1 To increase the awareness of environmental responsibilities amongst staff and students
8.2 To promote individual good practice
8.3 To work with other agencies locally, nationally and internationally to further environmental good practice
The Students’ Union will continuously seek to improve its understanding of its impact on the environment and fulfil its role in developing a sustainable future.
The main responsibility for the implementation of this policy lies with the Students’ Union executive (particularly the Environmental Officer) and Union Council. Individual staff and students all have an important role in co-operating with those responsible for safeguarding the environment. Individuals and all clubs and societies are expected to abide by the rules and requirements made under the authority of this policy whenever appropriate.