The University Comprehensive Environmental Management Plan
For more than 10 years now, the university through the RM-CARES has made significant progress in environmental management in response to the global call for environmental protection and conservation. In 1998 the RM-CARES initiated the Waste Management Project which focused on waste paper recycling. This evolved into the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program of the University in 2000.
Other units/colleges followed in the implementation of the “clean and green” program. Meanwhile, the EMI focused on biodiversity conservation and conducted researches on biodiversity. The University experienced orderliness and cleanliness, but after several years environmental stresses were once again observed despite the tremendous efforts made in the program.
Sustaining the initiative has to be carried on. A unified action is thus needed to promote awareness on resource conservation and proper care and management of the environment. Hence, this University Comprehensive Environmental Management Plan.
Unify all efforts of the different units of the university by developing personal behavior for wise and sustained management of the resources of the university through a “multifaceted” participatory approach.
- Create awareness and advocacy on environmental issues and concerns among stakeholders.
- Encourage and implement conservation and recovery of resources by systematizing the control and handling of waste for sanitary retrieval and safe disposal.
- Restrict the use of non-environmentally acceptable packaging to reduce waste particularly plastics and other nonbiodegradable at a significant level until total elimination or “zero waste” is attained.
- Promote energy conservation and increase utilization efficiency of all resources.
- Effect coordinated development activities to include green productivity and clean technologies.
- Integrate an environmental education principles and concepts in all subjects/courses.
- Advocate a paradigm shift or “environmental cultural revolution” to bring about change in behavior.
- Environmental Non-formal Education Program (ENFEP)
- Ecological Solid Waste Management Program (ECOSWAMP)
- Dark Green School Program(DGS)
- Green Technology and Productivity for Environmental Enhancement Program GTPEEP)
- Biodiversity Conservation and Management (BIOCOM) Program
- Adoption of “community-based” approach
- Laws enacted related to the programs will be strictly implemented as well as policies related to the components shall be adopted
- Clear definition of jurisdictional arrangements for the task identified
- Clear difinitions of functions responsibilities and authority at all levels
- “Polluter pays principle” implementation
- Pre-implementation Phase
- Implementation Phase
- Environmental Performance Audit (EPA)