Administrative Procedure 546

Environmental Practices

Background

The protection and enhancement of our environment is necessary to maintain the quality of life.  Personnel shall promote and reinforce positive environmental awareness and practices that will improve the relationships between people, other living things and their natural surroundings.  Personnel shall promote this awareness and practices with District staff and the student body.

Definitions
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

Procedures

  1. Purchasing
    1. Those responsible for purchasing goods will consider the issues of reducing, reusing, recovering, recycling and responsibility prior to ordering.
    2. Every effort is to be made to purchase products that are manufactured from recycled materials.
    3. When evaluating products for purchase, both cost and potential impact on the environment is to be considered.
    4. Prior to acquisition of potentially hazardous materials the Purchasing Officer will ensure goods are safe as indicated in Administrative Procedure 545 – Hazardous Chemicals Management.
    5. The District will arrange inservice for those responsible for purchasing.
    6. The Purchasing Officer will make every effort to obtain suppliers policy/actions with respect to environment practices and support those which are pre-environment.
  2. Waste Management
    1. The District shall foster environmental practices based on the concepts of reduce, reuse, recover, recycle and responsibility.
    2. The District shall make every effort to reduce paper waste.
    3. Waste products are to be recycled where possible.
    4. The District shall encourage the participation of staff, students and parents in a recycling program.
    5. Handling of hazardous materials will be done in accordance with Administrative Procedure 545 – Hazardous Chemicals Management.
  3. Facilities Management
    1. The construction of new District plants is to be planned/reviewed to ensure adherence to sound environmental guidelines.
    2. The District shall practice energy conservation in the operation of all facilities and equipment (Destination Conservation).
    3. Where possible the District will use environmentally friendly products for all facilities, equipment and grounds.
    4. 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.
    5. The District shall have an active Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) Program to update and retro-fit facilities to the highest possible environmental standard.
    6. The District shall incorporate environmentally enhancing landscaping around buildings and on properties.
  4. District Vehicles
    1. District vehicles shall be maintained for maximum efficiency and longevity.
    2. District vehicles will use recycled SAE coded motor oils.
    3. Where possible clean fuels will be used in vehicles.
    4. Director of Operations and Maintenance will establish idling practices with respect to vehicles.
  5. Integrated Environmental Studies
    1. 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.
    2. The District shall encourage Teachers/Librarians to include environmental education resources in their purchasing plans.
    3. The District shall identify sites in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo area which teachers may utilize for environmental field trips.
    4. The District shall create curricularly relevant learning materials and activities to support field trips to the identified sites in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo area.
    5. The District shall examine the feasibility of the establishment and operation of an Environmental Outdoor Education Centre.
  6. Environmental and Outdoor Education
    1. Schools are encouraged to consider this as a complementary course in Junior High School.
    2. The District shall provide teacher inservice to assist in the development of local expertise.
  7. Environmental Leadership
    1. The District encourages consideration of environmental impact in the planning of all operational and educational decisions.
    2. The District encourages school-based leadership (Destination Conservation) in environmental education and appropriate use of resources at each school.
    3. The District shall respond to identified environmental education needs as follows:
      1. Promoting environmental awareness in the District.
      2. Monitoring and promoting District recycling programs.
      3. Providing appropriate environmental learning resources to schools.
      4. Encourage teachers to adapt interdicts environmental curriculum units at all levels.
      5. Providing instructional assistance and inservice training to classroom teachers and administrators.
      6. Coordinating external environmental agencies and environmentally related government programs with the District.
      7. Providing fiscal incentives to schools and District departments for environmentally supportive demonstration projects (Destination Conservation).
      8. 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.
    4. The District will endeavour to work with community and Government agencies in supporting appropriate environmental practices.
    5. Principals 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 is to be included.
  8. Communication
    1. Schools/Departments
      1. Provide the District with a list of activities undertaken.
      2. The District will develop a means by which individuals and groups are recognized for achievements.
      3. Advise community of District initiatives.
      4. Schools will prepare a financial statement for the expenditure of Destination Conservation funds.
  9. Evaluation
    1. Questions will be included on District surveys.
    2. Teacher inservice will be incorporated for ongoing development.
    3. Lead teachers will provide principals with an annual report.
    4. Awards for student participation in school and Regional Science Fairs will be maintained by the Assistant Superintendent, Education and Administration.
    5. Environmental audits will be added to the District matrix.

Adopted:

May 5, 1992

Amended:

August 26, 1996, March 10, 2009, December 16, 2015, September 21, 2016

Reference:

Section 20, 60, 61, 96, 113, 116, 117 School Act

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Public Health Act

Cross References:

AP 515 Appendix Purchasing of Hazardous Materials

AP 545 Hazardous Chemicals Management