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Assisting sustainability through achievement of an Integrated Health, Safety and Environmental Management System at Cardiff University

Hopkinson, Lara and Gwilliam, Julie 2015. Assisting sustainability through achievement of an Integrated Health, Safety and Environmental Management System at Cardiff University. In: Filho, Walter Leal ed. Transformative Approaches to Sustainable Development at Universities, Vol. 2. World Sustainability Series, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 349-363. (10.1007/978-3-319-08837-2_24)

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Abstract

Universities use a multitude of methods to assist in driving sustainability forward. As large organisations, it can often be difficult to instigate change covering all aspects of the institution, without using a systematic method for implementation. This paper investigates the approach used by Cardiff University over a 5-year period to implement an integrated Health, Safety and Environmental Management System. It will show the approach used to ensure coverage across every academic school and professional service, and discuss this in terms of being one of the first UK Universities to achieve such integrated certification. It will then investigate how this approach has assisted in the development of wider sustainability issues and programmes across the entire institution, including “Green Impact”, through detailed investigation within three academic schools and a professional service. The problems and barriers encountered during the process will be discussed, along with approaches to mitigation of these. A brief analysis of Cardiff’s progression towards sustainable development compared to other Universities in Wales is also considered. Finally, some recommendations for further improvement at Cardiff will be discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability; Environmental management; Institution approach.
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319088365
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:54
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/66140

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