Emas Guidelines IT Venosa

Date: 2009-03-29

  A few notes about EMAS guidelines

The work of Venosa’s Emas group isn’t meant to be an “opera omnia”. It’s only a first moment of reflection on the several steps a school has got to take in order to adopt an Environmental Management System, which can be both an Emas or an Iso 14001 according to what your expectations are. Of course, you’d better achieve Emas rather than Iso 14001. The very first step is the Environmental Initial Analysis, in other words, an actual portrait of the school. It identifies the environmental aspects typical of a school, pointing out, in the meanwhile, what indicators are useful to measure them. These aspects may be “direct” or “indirect”. The former don’t seem to have a really meaningful impact, but, actually, they are very useful to improve a school’s environmental performance. For instance, last year in our school, we found out, by chance, a loss in the water system. The latter – the indirect ones – the ones we consider the real pillar of our ten years’ work, concern the real process of environmental education and formation we try to give all our school staff – from teachers to janitors, from students to students’ parents. At this stage, I’d like you to pay attention to what we do in a very concrete way to implement the EMS at school. I’m talking about the specific E.S.D. units (see page 10). These units are part of the school curricula, with real marks. In other words E.S.D. is just another school subjects. In the meanwhile, as a sort of parallel activities, students put into practice what they’ve learnt as far as it’s possible. For instance, they visit specific sites where people collect separate waste, they take part in real labs of separate waste collections, or just in graphical contests which stimulate their creativity. Last but not least, we have created new professional figures post – diploma (see page 11) as we want students to look at environmental safeguard also as a new chance to find a job. I don’t want to mention all the steps you can easily find in your booklet. We are very happy of what we have listened to in this congress, whose synthesis could be a statement someone did a couple of days ago, “what kind of children will we leave to our Earth?”. We’ve done so much, yet we’ve got so much to do, but, after all, it’s been worth the trouble! For further info, please visit our site, www.battaglinivenosa.it

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