Pollution Prevention and Waste Abatement

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Waste Management and Recycling
Added May 3, 1996

University of Minnesota

Board of Regents' Policy


Pollution Prevention and Waste Abatement

Adopted June 11, 1992

The University of Minnesota is committed to excellence and leadership in protecting the environment. Our objective is to reduce all types of waste and emissions. We strive to minimize adverse impact on the air, water, and land through excellence in pollution prevention and waste abatement. By preventing pollution at the source, we can save resources, increase operational efficiencies, and maintain a safe and healthy work place for our students and employees. By abating those wastes that cannot be eliminated at the source, we can recover useful resources and reduce the environmental and economic burden of waste disposal.

We believe that environmental protection is everyone's responsibility. Its manifestation is valued and displays commitment to the University.

The University of Minnesota will achieve pollution prevention
and waste abatement under the following guidelines. We will:

* Include the reduction of both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes and emissions at the source as a prime consideration in teaching, research, service and operations. The University is committed to identifying and implementing pollution prevention opportunities through encouragement and involvement of all students and employees.

* Give top priority to technologies and methods which substitute non-hazardous materials and utilize other source reduction approaches in addressing all environmental issues.

* Vigorously pursue waste abatement programs such as recycling, reuse, and purchase of recycled materials to reduce the need for disposal of waste that cannot be reduced at the source.

* Encourage pollution prevention and waste abatement through changes in purchasing policies and specifications.

The University of Minnesota seeks to demonstrate its leadership role in the State of Minnesota by aggressively adhering to all environmental regulations. We promote cooperation and coordination among higher education, industry, government, and the public toward the shared goals of preventing pollution and abating waste.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Board of Regents directs the President to establish effective pollution prevention and waste abatement programs and to develop policies, plans and resources to achieve that goal.


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