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Action for Sustainability

Implementation of the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy requires its stakeholders to implement actions and processes with regard to the following:

  1. Sustainability Education and Research

  2. Water Sustainability

  3. Energy Sustainability

  4. Sustainable Waste Management

  5. Biodiversity

  6. Sustainable Travel

  7. Organisational Sustainability

  8. Sustainable Procurement

1. Sustainability Education and Research 

Rhodes University is committed to embracing sustainability as a critical focus of its teaching, research and community engagement, in order to improve human well-being and environmental health within the university and in the broader community.

RU faculties - Commerce, Education, Humanities, Law, Pharmacy, Science - and academic departments are responsible for enhancing the environmental and sustainability focus in teaching, learning and research - in line with the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy.

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2. Water Sustainability 

Rhodes University is committed to reducing its ecological footprint in terms of its water usage strategies.

RU Infrastructure and Operations is responsible for implementing water sustainability measures - in line with the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy. This includes: 

  1. Monitor and minimise the university’s water consumption.

  2. Review opportunities for reducing the use of mains water, and install alternative water systems on campus wherever feasible.

  3. Plant indigenous flora to reduce water usage.

  4. Promote water efficiency practices to all the university’s stakeholders.

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3. Energy Sustainability 

Rhodes University is committed to reducing its ecological footprint in terms of its energy usage strategies.

RU Infrastructure and Operations is responsible for implementing energy sustainability measures - in line with the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy‌. This includes:

  1. Monitor and minimise the university’s electricity consumption.

  2. Implement the best available energy technology for all new buildings and in existing structures wherever possible and affordable.

  3. Promote electricity efficiency practices and reduction of the university’s carbon footprint to all stakeholders.

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4. Sustainable Waste Management 

Rhodes University is committed to reducing its ecological footprint in terms of its waste generation.

RU Infrastructure and Operations is responsible for implementing waste sustainability measures - in line with the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy‌‌. This includes:

  1. Minimise (reduce and/or recycle) wherever possible the university’s solid and liquid waste streams at all discharge points on campus.

  2. Use recycled products wherever feasible.

  3. Identify and minimise hazardous wastes on campus.

  4. Apply systems for safe and environmentally responsible disposal of wastes (hazardous and general) that cannot be re-used or recycled.

  5. Work towards minimising paper use through promotion of double-sided printing and use of online systems, iPads and other efficient technologies.

  6. Promote waste reduction practices to all the university’s stakeholders.

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5. Biodiversity 

Rhodes University is committed to reducing its ecological footprint in terms of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

RU Infrastructure and Operations is responsible for supporting biodiversity conservation and enhancing ecosystem functioning - in line with the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy‌‌. This includes:

  1. Minimise wherever possible the university’s impact on natural ecosystems.

  2. Plant indigenous flora wherever possible.

  3. Promote biodiversity conservation to all the university’s stakeholders.

  4. Promote the reduction of the university’s ecological footprint to all stakeholders.

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6. Sustainable Travel 

Rhodes University is committed to reducing its ecological footprint in terms of minimising greenhouse gas emissions and reducing traffic and parking congestion on campus.

RU Infrastructure and Operations is responsible for promoting opportunities for efficient public and communal transport, cycling and walking - in line with the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy‌‌. This includes:

  1. Support the use, wherever possible, of efficient public and communal transport, bicycles and walking, and car-sharing – especially with regard to work-related travel and use of university vehicles. 

  2. Discourage unnecessary use of both private and university vehicles during the day, thus reducing traffic and parking issues on campus. 

  3. Liaise with the local municipality with regard to shared public transport strategies.

  4. Promote sustainable practices and invest in technologies required for university stakeholders to engage in practices such as Skype meetings and video conferencing.

  5. Encourage university stakeholders travelling internationally to contribute to the RU Green Fund as a way of offsetting their carbon emissions.

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7. Organisational Sustainability 

Rhodes University is committed to promoting organisational sustainability.

RU Infrastructure and Operations is responsible for implementing integrated planning on a university-wide basis - in line with the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy‌. This includes:

  1. Integrate development with good municipal planning processes, wherever possible. 

  2. Include environmental scoping in development plans and adopt sustainable building best practice, wherever possible.

  3. Support integrated planning on a university-wide basis in order to harmonise the natural and the built environment, and create spaces that are ecologically and socially acceptable to all.

RU Senior Management is responsible for environmental sustainability leadership - in line with the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy‌‌‌. This includes:

  1. Continue to uphold the university’s environmental responsibilities in its vision and mission statement, “to play a leading role in establishing a culture of environmental concern by actively pursuing a policy of environmental best practice”.

  2. Continue to uphold the university’s responsibilities as a signatory of the Talloires Declaration.

  3. Promote an environment which is healthy, safe and conducive to excellent scholarship and provides good working conditions.

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8. Sustainable Procurement

Rhodes University is committed to reducing its ecological footprint in terms of its procurement practices.

RU Infrastructure and Operations is responsible for implementing sustainable procurement measures - in line with the RU Environmental Sustainability Policy‌‌. This includes:

  1. Support opportunities for sustainable procurement by purchasing products and contracting services that will assist where possible in reducing the University’s environmental impact.

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Environmental Sustainability Resources 

Go to the Rhodes University ENVIRONMENT front page. Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)ru.ac.za

 

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