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Auditing Rhodes University Environmental Policy

The Rhodes University Environmental Policy and its implementation is scrutinised on an ongoing basis. This is a participatory process which involves staff and students. Various departments and institutes at Rhodes University also take the initiative to conduct research on various environmental concerns.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science III students at Rhodes University conduct regular Environmental Policy audits. Their findings are written up and presented at seminars attended by peers and staff, including key leadership figures. The project reports have been made available, with kind permission from the Department of Environmental Science and the relevant students.

Environmental Learning and Research Centre

Students in the ELRC also conduct investigations on various aspects of environment and sustainability at Rhodes University.

PhD scholar, Muchaiteyi Togo, investigated systemic approaches to integrating environment and sustainability across institutional functions and operations at Rhodes University. She developed a Unit-based Sustainability Assessment Tool to assess the level of integration of sustainability in university functions. Recommendations emerging from this research include the following points: be upfront about mainstreaming environment and sustainability in university written statements, build a shared understanding of sustainability, define what contextual sustainable development issues there are in your organisation and its context, and adopt a holistic approach to mainstreaming and sustainability, for example, by developing interdisciplinary curricula, making it a campus-wide initiative, and supporting collaborative work in sustainable development issues. The Unit Based Sustainability Tool developed through this research has been more widely used in other African university contexts within the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities Programme (a UNEP/UNESCO/AAU partnership project - see www.unep.org/training). 

Journalism and Media Studies

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies is involved in ongoing scrutiny of environmental practice, both on campus and in the wider community. Their students are involved in a wide range of investigations and environmental reporting.

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

Last Modified: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:28:48 SAST