Setting Up Your Audit
Setting Up Your Audit
Classrooms and laboratories practicing pollution prevention are safer for students and in most cases easier on the school budget besides being fairly easy to implement. However, changes in thinking must occur to make the initial effort a success. Lay the groundwork for change before using the Self-Audit Checklists included in this resource. Start with some basic grassroots organizing using these suggestions or some of the many community development resources available. The result will be a program that works for your school community.
Deal With Regulatory Issues
First make sure you are in compliance with local, state and federal regulations concerning your wastes.
While there is no exact recipe for success, the following elements will make it easier:
Organize your Team
Preventing pollution will be easier and more effective if it is a team effort. Some team-building suggestions are:
Each team member will participate at a different level, but all should be committed to the goals of your program. Some promotion tips and a list of potential team members and tasks are included for your reference.
Do a Self-Audit
Employing as many team members as possible, use the checklists included in the Laboratory Self-Audit to assess areas where you can reduce and eliminate waste and manage your lab operations more efficiently and economically. Research each area identified and brainstorm possible solutions.
Create Your Plan
Review the notes you make at the end of General Housekeeping and each other section that applies to your facility. Develop a written plan to address each situation your audit reveals and strategies to continue to reduce waste and conserve resources. Some important elements of a successful plan are:
Organize and Document
Keep the following information together and organized:
Review your plan on a regular schedule. Document:
The next section covers housekeeping and conservation practices that apply to everyone. After you complete this section, choose the checklists that apply specifically to your your lab areas.
These contacts can answer questions about state and local regulations, recycling opportunities, disposal facilities and special collection opportunities. Look for them in the local and state government sections of your phone book.
County Extension Agent
Instructors: An instructor or laboratory manager is the ideal leader for the team. Their potential roles include:
Students: Students have a big opportunity to reduce waste at the source and make the plan work. Their potential roles include:
Partners: It very important to form partnerships. Local businesses, fellow academic programs, other schools, government agencies, parent/teacher organizations, and recyclers are examples of important partners. Some roles that partners may fill include:
Administration: Your administration can be proud of this contribution to a healthier school. Keep them updated on the team's efforts. Their involvement may include:
Spreading the Word
Make it easy
Monitor and Modify
The P2 audit for Agricultural and Vocational Educators is a project of the Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center, funded by the U.S. EPA. For more information contact Peaks to Prairies at the Montana State University Extension Service, Bozeman, Montana.