GY444 Class programme for session 2007-8

GY444: Environmental Assessment Class programme
Course manager Dr Simon Dietz E-mail: s.dietz@lse.ac.uk Office hours in Michaelmas Term: Wednesdays 1100-1230 in Room S414 Outline The class programme will focus on environmental auditing and environmental management systems, increasingly used by individual organisations from a variety of sectors to measure and manage their environmental and sustainability performance. In particular, you will gain practical experience in implementing an environmental management system at LSE – you will actively take part in an assessment of the LSE’s environmental impacts and sustainability, working with the LSE’s Environmental and Sustainability Manager. At the end of term, we will report back to the LSE with our findings. You will assist the LSE in its ongoing implementation of ‘Ecocampus’ (http://www.ecocampus.co.uk/), an environmental management system (EMS) specifically designed for, and being piloted across a number of, UK universities. Ecocampus is designed to take participating universities step-by-step towards implementation of a fully fledged, internationally recognised EMS, like ISO 14001. The LSE has already achieved Ecocampus’ ‘bronze’ award, which means roughly that it has secured senior management commitment, conducted a baseline environmental review and produced a draft environmental policy. Your job is to take the LSE to a ‘silver’ award, culminating in the adoption of a full environmental policy. The core task at this stage of implementing an EMS is to identify the organisation’s significant environmental ‘aspects’ and ‘impacts’, with special (but not exclusive) reference to legal requirements and compliance. Unlike other courses, the timetabled meetings are only part of the class programme. They provide a forum for the explanation of tasks, discussion and feedback, but you will be expected to carry out several tasks in your own time. Homework will be distributed at the end of each class. Detailed programme 2. Introduction, and legal compliance issues • Introduction to class exercise and to Ecocampus; • Introduction to legal compliance issues and task of preparing compliance register; • Homework: prepare compliance register 4. Establishing ‘aspects’ and ‘impacts’ • Introduction to identifying aspects and impacts;

GY444 Class programme for session 2007-8

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Presentation of existing LSE aspects and impacts list; Introduction to ‘significance calculator’ tool Homework: create management priorities using significance calculator

6. Prioritising aspects and impacts: calculating significance • Discussion of homework 8. Setting objectives and targets • Introduction to task of setting objectives and targets • Homework: set objectives and targets 10. Presentation and feedback • Presentation of work to clients Reading For background on environmental auditing and environmental management systems, you could browse Schaltegger, S., R. Burritt and H. Petersen (2003). An Introduction to Corporate Environmental Management: Striving for Sustainability. Sheffield, Greenleaf (especially chapters 17 and 18) The websites for EMAS, ISO 14001 and Ecocampus also contain useful information. Two useful journals are Environmental Quality Management and Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management (formerly Eco-Management and Auditing).