The University of East Anglia (UEA) embraces the broadly accepted Bruntland Commission definition of Sustainable Development, “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
(United Nations General Assembly (1987) Report of the World Commission on environment and Development: Our Common Future)
This means being conscious of our actions now and being aware of the impact these will have in the longer term.
Sustainability at UEA may be thought of in terms of economic sustainability, social sustainability and environmental sustainability. Sustainable Development can only be achieved within a stable, unpolluted and biodiverse environment. One of the first things we are doing to work towards this is to implement an Environmental Management System
Our key objective is to develop the sustainability agenda at UEA.
Our current target is to develop a tangible vision of a sustainable UEA by December 2012.
We are committed to embedding wider sustainable thinking into all our decision-making processes and we have set up a Working Group to develop a vision of what a truly sustainable campus could look like in order to make this goal tangible. We’ll keep you informed of progress.
As a large and complex organisation we have a wide variety of stakeholders with whom we need to engage to ensure accountability of our actions. By identifying and prioritising these stakeholder groups we can focus our available resources whilst simultaneously meeting the needs of as many stakeholders as possible. Prioritisation is not intended to suggest that any one group of stakeholders is of higher overall value than another, but simply reflect stakeholders’ ability to directly influence UEA environmental impacts.
Priority group 1
: Staff, students, future students, The Sportspark, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, contractors and suppliers, associate partner organisations e.g. The Adapt Group, The John Innes Centre, visitors to campus (including schools), the local community, The People and Planet Green League, Eco-Campus.
Priority group 2
: Academia, Non-Governmental Organisations (e.g. The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership), business (including other Higher Education Institutions), employers of graduates, the financial community (e.g. The Higher Education Funding Council for England and investors), regulators and policy makers, local & national media, alumni and the general public.
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