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Título: EcoESAB: Bragança higher school of agricultural engineering (Portugal) - An EMS project
Autor: Gonçalves, Artur
Rodrigues, Marisa
Palavras-chave: Environmental management systems
Higher education institutions
Campus greening
Issue Date: 2006
Editora: Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra
Citação: Gonçalves, Artur; Rodrigues, Marisa (2006) – EcoESAB: Bragança higher school of agricultural engineering (Portugal) - An EMS project. In The Quest for Sustainability - The Role of Environmental Management Systems and Tools. Coimbra: Escola Superior Agrária. p. 1-10
Resumo: Higher Education Institutions play an important role in modern societies being able to contribute to sustainability in a decisive manner. One of the possible contributions consists on the adoption of adequate environmental management practices, ensuring a higher level of control over environmental aspects. Environmental Management Systems can be an important tool in this process. Bragança's Higher School of Agronomics develops, since 2002, an Environmental Management System implementation project designated EcoESAB. This Project has developed from an initial environmental evaluation to the establishment of various environmental management programs and consequently reducing School’s environmental impact. Ever since the start of this Project it become clear that two essential structures should be developed, one organizational and other documental, adapted to Higher Education Institutions’ reality. In this sense, EcoESAB has an integrated participating structure adapted to school’s reality, based on a three layer structure and including an Environmental Commission, key element in environmental management. Both documental and organizational structure relate with each other, as most of the documents are discussed and approved at the Environmental Commission. Learning from EcoESAB experience some advantages and drawbacks are presented, as well as some limitations faced by this kind of projects.
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