Pollution prevention in higher education is multi-faceted -- campuses are mini-communities
subject to the same regulations governing other industries and everyday operations
present many opportunities to prevent pollution. Examples are:
- purchasing practices
- construction and maintenance of buildings
- operation of facilities (repair shops, chemistry labs, offices, residence
- energy conservation and transportation
- landscaping and groundskeeping
They also have the opportunity to integrate pollution prevention into the curriculum
imparting a mindset students will take into their careers. The campus is also
a place where students can affect the policies and governance of the institution
through student activism. Campuses are different than small communities in that
dramatic changes are possible if the administration is supportive.
The decreased costs and increased efficiencies possible through pollution
prevention, make it a desirable alternative for schools who are generally operating
under tight budgets. Since pollution prevention is holistic and crosses traditional
boundaries of department and governance, the hurdles for adopting a campus pollution
prevention program are leadership and organization. These pages offer some resources
to help overcome these hurdles.
Results of a survey of public, private and non-profit vocational and technical
schools in the region. The survey was conducted to assess if and how pollution
prevention and regulatory compliance issues are integrated into career training
curriculum. We continue to accept survey input; download a pdf version here
and fax it to us.
This survey was conducted as a benchmark of P2 issues in higher education in
Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. A summary of
the survey results is presented here.
Suitable for high school and tech school educators, this resource outlines
how to analyze teaching lab wastes and implement a pollution prevention program
in the teaching laboratory. It offers a self-audit instrument for instructors
and lab managers.
A collection of links with more detailed information on pollution prevention
in higher education including:
- principles involved
- campus operations - programs and tools
- curriculum integration training and examples
- student involvement
- professional organizations
- hard-copy resources