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TAFE NSW Online NSW Technical and Further Education Commission October 2015 | Version 1.0 Page 1 of 2 A vision of sustainability Extract from an interview with Cathy Horan - Northern Sydney Institute - describing the development of an environmental policy. What are the first steps in determining the policy framework? One of the first things is to determine what the scope of this policy is going to be, what’s the exten t that this policy is going to govern. Will it be all of your operations, all of your activities at all of your locations and you really need to see that is the extent that you’re going to manage and control to reduce its environmental impact. At Northern Sydney Institute, for us now in our Horticulture and Hospitality School at Ryde College we ll have an Environmental Poli cy and a Management System to implement that policy, because our student’s expect it, we want it and the community would expect anyone working in the natural resources and hospitality area to have the very best practice for environmental management. But as the group sat together and talked about their policy they thought how can Northern Sydney have a policy for just one college in terms of environmental improvement and so they thought well if that’s our value to care for the environment that we really have to broaden the scope and include every one of our colleges and the operations, activities and the products that we produce there that it would govern those; so having that scope identified that’s really important. The next thing is looking at yourself and asking yourself some hard questions. Well what are we actually doing now and is it actually harming the environment. So you need to do an initial environmental review of what you’re
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