Improving the Environmental Work at University of Passo Fundo, Brazil - Towards an Environmental Management System
Keywords:Sustainable university, Environmental management system, Environmental planning, Practices, PDCA
an important issue in Institutions of Higher Education (IHE). This paper aims to analyze the
sustainable practices already implemented by the University of Passo Fundo (UPF), located
in the Southern Brazil, and then, points out the guidelines for a sustainable environmental
management, involving academic activities and the campus infrastructure. The analysis
and diagnosis has been produced through the application of a methodology embedded in
PDCA cycle, in order to verify on which way UPF has been facing such subjects. The basis
of the proposal is a survey on national and international benchmarks with good practices of
environmental sustainability at university campus Finally, are proposed some guidelines to
review the environmental assessment process to following-up of the implementation of an own
Environmental Management System. The research presents the conclusion that initiatives of
sustainable principles have been adopted by several universities, but with an isolated approach,
and the UPF the main problem is the absence of a consistent Environmental Policy that must
concentrate these actions and efforts towards an effective EMS. Some actions are suggested
to UPF for improved your EMS.
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