Environmental Management System Policy

Basic information

Calvin University has developed and implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) in order to ensure compliance with existing and new environmental requirements, to reduce the impact of its operations, activities and services on the environment and to better satisfy the requirements and expectations of its faculty, staff, students, alumni and trustees. The EMS was designed to meet the overall requirements of the international standard ISO 14001 (2004). View the EMS manual and all related materials »

Calvin University will continue to strive to:

  • Meet and exceed (where practical) compliance with all local, State and Federal environmental regulations.
  • Prevent and reduce pollution on university property and prevent uollege activities from polluting the local environment.
  • Minimize to the greatest extent practicable the use of toxic substances on university property and seek alternatives to such products where available. Where the use of toxic substances cannot be avoided, the substances will be managed to avoid human exposure and releases to the environment.
  • Encourage continued participation in recycling and waste reduction programs.
  • Conduct education and research in an environmentally responsible way
  • Continually strive to reduce the University’s impact on the natural environment.
  • Strive to decrease energy demands through increased energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Meet pollution prevention goals which follow the hierarchy of: prevention, recycling/reuse, treatment and disposal.
  • Review the EMS policy when planning, designing and constructing university facilities.

This policy will be reviewed annually by the EMS team and administration.

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Jennifer Ambrose, (616) 526-6342



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