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Learning and leading for environmental sustainability

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Rhodes University is committed to playing a leading role in the Eastern Cape and South Africa with respect to environmental responsibility, in order to promote practices that support a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for all who live in it - a social-ecological perspective of sustainability.

To this end, Rhodes seeks to pursue a policy of environmental best practice, and include social and ecological justice considerations in decisions relating to the University's curricula, research and management policies.

You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Nelson Mandela

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IWR Plastic Policy Statement

The Institute for Water Research supports calls for an end to the use of single-use plastic water bottles except in emergency situations. The environmental and health consequences of the manufacture, transportation, use and disposal of these bottles are well documented. The Institute does not supply single-use plastic water bottles for meetings, alumni events, conferences, etc, and requires catering suppliers to comply with this. Both staff and students are encouraged to make use of multi-use water bottles.

Information on single-use plastic can be obtained by following the link to the
Makana Plastic Action Group https://www.facebook.com/MakanaPlasticAction/

Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)ru.ac.za