Model Environmental Policy

This is a brief summary of things that an ideal environmental policy should contain. There will be a full example model at the Knowledge Café in early April.

  • It should be accessible for all staff and play a significant part in the organisation’s decisions.
  • It should address the three R’s:

REDUCE – consider where to cut down on printing and packaging.

RE-USE – find a second life for items, especially stationery.

RECYCLE – the least preferred option – find someone who can monitor recycling.

  • It should address purchasing of recycled, Fair Trade and/or local products.
  • It should address travel of visitors and staff, as this can often be a big contributor to the organisation’s carbon footprint.
  • It should show a commitment to minimising energy consumption.

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