In its mission to promote and support a safe and healthy campus environment, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) works with the campus community to support and implement the goals and provisions of the Bemidji State University Environmental Policy Statement (see below). EHS’s contributions include environmental management activities that help the university meet regulatory compliance, and advance the protection and enhancement of the natural environment. Specific areas of involvement include:
- Hazardous Waste
- Compliance with Federal Community Right-to-Know reporting requirements
- Compiling and submitting the University’s annual Pollution Prevention Report as required by Governor’s Executive Order 99-4
In addition, the EHS Coordinator serves as a permanent member on the University’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC).
Bemidji State University Environmental Policy Statement
Bemidji State University enjoys a high quality natural setting in the northern lakes region of Minnesota. Bemidji State University is committed to excellence and leadership in protecting the natural environment. The university community affirms the belief that faculty, staff and students are responsible to provide this leadership in environmental stewardship and in promoting environmental awareness, local action and global thinking. Bemidji State University will endeavor, as far as resources will allow, to improve our stewardship roles in the areas of: education (including the infusion of environmental content into appropriate curriculum), operations (including day-to-day use of resources associated with the functioning of the university), and communication (including raising environmental awareness, especially through example and modeling good stewardship practices in partnership with the broader community.) In our general operations, Bemidji State University will strive, wherever possible, to:
- conserve natural resources and support sustainable practices,
- conduct affairs in ways which safeguard the environmental health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader community,
- reduce the generation of wastes and the use of toxic substances and promote strategies to reuse and recycle those wastes which cannot be avoided; and purchase renewable, reusable, recyclable and recycled materials.
In pursuing our educational and research missions, Bemidji State University will strive, wherever possible, to:
- foster an understanding of and responsibility for the natural environment,
- convey knowledge regarding environmental and health issues relevant to various academic disciplines,
- encourage environmental research,
- conduct teaching and research in an environmentally responsible way,
- provide a forum for the open flow of information within the university community and the community at large regarding environmental issues and their relationships to other social issues.