EA Environmental Practices - Exhibit 1
- Those responsible for purchasing goods will consider the issues of reducing, reusing, recovering, recycling and responsibility prior to ordering.
- Every effort should be made to purchase products that are manufactured from recycled materials.
- When evaluating products for purchase, both cost and potential impact on the environment should be considered.
- Prior to acquisition of potentially hazardous materials the Purchasing Department will ensure goods are safe as indicated in policy EBBD Hazardous Chemicals Management.
- The District will arrange inservice for those responsible for purchasing.
- The Purchasing Department will make every effort to obtain suppliers policy/actions with respect to environment practices and support those which are pre-environment.
- Waste Management
- The District shall foster environmental practices based on the concepts of reduce, reuse, recover, recycle and responsibility.
- The District shall make every effort to reduce paper waste.
- Waste products should be recycled where possible.
- The District shall encourage the participation of staff, students and parents in a recycling program.
- Handling of hazardous materials will be done in accordance with District policy EBBD Hazardous Chemicals Management.
- Facilities Management
- The construction of new District plants should be planned/reviewed to ensure adherence to sound environmental guidelines.
- The District shall practice energy conservation in the operation of all facilities and equipment (Destination Conservation).
- Where possible the District will use environmentally friendly products for all facilities, equipment and grounds.
- The District shall ensure that minimal damage occurs to building sites at the time of construction and that grounds will be developed based on sound environmental considerations.
- The District shall have an active BQRP (Building Quality Restoration Program) to update and retro-fit facilities to the highest possible environmental standard.
- The District shall incorporate environmentally enhancing landscaping around buildings and on properties.
- District Vehicles
- District vehicles shall be maintained for maximum efficiency and longevity.
- District vehicles will use recycled SAE coded motor oils.
- Where possible clean fuels will be used in vehicles.
- Director of Plant will establish idling policy with respect to vehicles.
- Integrated Environmental Studies
- The District shall encourage teachers to identify, adopt and/or create interdisciplinary environmental studies units and themes emphasizing sustainable development, to be utilized at various levels, and within appropriate curriculum.
- The District shall encourage Teachers/Librarians to include environmental education resources in their purchasing plans.
- The District shall identify sites in the Fort McMurray area which teachers may utilize for environmental field trips.
- The District shall create curricularly relevant learning materials and activities to support field trips to the identified sites in the Fort McMurray area.
- The District shall examine the feasibility of the establishment and operation of an Environmental Outdoor Education Centre.
- Environmental and Outdoor Education
- Schools are encouraged to consider this as a complementary course in Junior High School.
- The District shall provide teacher inservice to assist in the development of local expertise.
- The District encourages consideration of environmental impact in the planning of all operational and educational decisions.
- The District encourages school-based leadership (Destination Conservation) in environmental education and appropriate use of resources at each school.
- The District shall respond to identified environmental education needs as follows:
- Promoting environmental awareness in the District.
- Monitoring and promoting District recycling programs.
- Providing appropriate environmental learning resources to schools.
- Encourage teachers to adapt interdicts environmental curriculum units at all levels.
- Providing instructional assistance and inservice training to classroom teachers and administrators.
- Coordinating external environmental agencies and environmentally related government programs with the District.
- Providing fiscal incentives to schools and District departments for environmentally supportive demonstration projects (Destination Conservation).
- Develop a means of recognizing organizations and individuals, both within and outside the District, who make significant contributions to sound environmental practices or education within the community.
- The District will endeavor to work with community and Government agencies in supporting appropriate environmental practices.
- District school administrators are encouraged to return to suppliers excess copies of materials or packaging material that is deemed excessive. In both cases a note reminding the supplier to become more concerned for the environment should be included.
- Provide District with a list of activities undertaken.
- The District will develop a means by which individuals and groups are recognized for achievements.
- Advise community of District initiatives.
- Schools will prepare a financial statement for the expenditure of Destination Conservation funds.
- Questions will be included on District surveys.
- Teacher inservice will be incorporated for ongoing development.
- Lead teachers will provide school administration with an annual report.
- Awards for students participation in school and Regional Science Fairs will be maintained by the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support.
- Environmental audits will be added to the District matrix.
- Reduce - Decreasing consumption
- Reuse - Putting a particular item to use again
- Recover - Using the entire product. Using all components
- Recycle - Making New things from old items
- Responsibility - What we as individuals must do an attitude