Environmental Management services improve and enhance the university’s environmental stewardship.
Compliance audits improve campus environmental stewardship by identifying program deficiencies and reducing non-compliance liabilities. Environmental audits consist of records review and facility site visits. Audit checklists are used to identify potential violations and to generate corrective action measures.
Internal and external audits are available. Internal audits consist of Self Audit Checklists and/or review by a university audit team. External audits are performed by a qualified environmental consulting firm. Please refer to the Self Audit and Field Inspection links for additional information and contact the Division of Safety and Compliance regarding interest in an external audit.
Self Audit Checklists
You can perform an internal Self Audit of your own facility. To conduct a Self Audit, complete a facility site walkthrough and use the relevant Self Audit Checklists as guidance tools. If you forward the completed checklists to us, Environmental Compliance will recommend appropriate corrective action measures and whether to seek benefits under the USEPA Audit Policy.
Please contact the Division of Safety and Compliance for additional information.
If you are a university project manager, project coordinator, or a professional services consultant who performs construction, demolition or renovation activities on campus, then a Safety and Compliance Checklist can help you identify potential compliance requirements early in the project life cycle.
The checklist is organized into three parts that should be completed according to the project activities:
- new facility construction
- new facility operations.
The Environmental Checklist Process details how to use this tool.
As necessary or when notified, Environmental Compliance performs field inspections at various outdoor campus locations. These inspections are intended to discover open dumping and improper material/waste storage. Environmental Compliance will contact the appropriate campus unit to coordinate site clean up including disposal recommendations. This collaborative effort mitigates potential violations. Please refer to the Material Storage & Disposal Guide for additional information.
A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (also known as a due diligence environmental assessment, a Phase 1 Study, or a Phase 1 Investigation) is commonly required when purchasing or selling property. Its purpose is to identify any environmental issues associated with a parcel thereby minimizingone’s exposure to future environmental liabilities.Assessments must be performed according to ASTM Standard E 1527-05 and the latest All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) protocol. A Phase I assessment includes the following components:
- An inspection of the subject property.
- A review of pertinent records for evidence of present and historical use of the subject and adjacent properties.
- Interviews with current owners and occupants as well as local government officials.
- Evaluation of information gathered and development of a report.
Environmental Compliance coordinates environmental site assessments on an as needed basis.