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Sustainability Policy of „George Emil Palade” UMFST of Târgu Mureș
 
Practical steps
 
Objectives
 
Sustainable development report of „George Emil Palade” University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology of Târgu Mureș
 
Framework for sustainable development
 
Certificate 2019 UI GreenMetric
 
„George Emil Palade” University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology of Târgu Mureș is founding member of International Association for Water, Environment, Energy, and Society (IAWEES)
 
„George Emil Palade” University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology of Târgu Mureș is member of Sustainable Romania Coalition
Practical steps for UMFST sustainability

In order to put UMFST's sustainability principles into practice we will:
• Establish and maintain a web page for UMFST sustainability, which publishes sustainability policy, principles, activities and reports;
• Continuous evaluation of university courses with the help of the "Framework for sustainable development";
• Adopting administrative measures for economic use of resources, reducing the ecological footprint of UMFST and its academic community.

Criteria to select training materials
• The vision of the paperless class and office is topical: "Going Paperless" can save money and space by producing electronic documentation and information which are easier to share and which minimize the environmental damage;
• The use of "green computers" is a key requirement.

Use of recycled materials and Waste recycling
• To use immaterialized learning supports that reduce paper consumption. There is strong support for the recycling of printed paper, but also the delivery of materials electronically rather than on paper;
• To promote and ensure recycling, waste separation and circular economy;
• To install energy efficient toilets in the building infrastructure;
• To take back used products proper for recycling, like toner cassettes for printers, copiers, faxes;
• To use of recycled plastic/paper garbage bags, reuse of printing and copying materials, packaging materials, boxes, etc.

Staff travels and students' travels accessibility
• To make the intra-organizational mobility sustainable in the context in which UMFST possesses several course locations;
• To use of a "university bus" when necessary or increasing information regarding public means of transport, motivating employees to carpool or use public transport, bicycles or similar means;
• To reduce travel by employing different remote meeting methods: Skype meeting, internet conference, etc.; it also promised to find means to develop "remote working".

Mechanisms to monitor energy consumption and waste
• The course locations are continuously analyzed and optimized in terms of heating, water consumption and current supply, as well as "energy education": how to save energy and how to educate the staff and course participants in this respect (e.g. turning off the lights when leaving the office, avoiding stand-by, etc.), using commandments for energy saving;
• To work on decreasing electricity consumption by using energy efficient equipment: fluorescent lamps, lighting control in rooms with low traffic by installing detectors, signs for turning off the lights.

Purchasing policy/supply chain management
• When buying new technological devices for the office (e.g. computers, mobile phones), attention is paid to the energy consumption and energy-saving potential of the devices;
• UMFST should search for providers who offer clean energy supply. If available and affordable, a change of current provider should be initiated;
• integrating environmental concerns into the decision making process of businesses "Green Business";
• To encourage sustainable consumption by providing students and employees with the possibility to purchase in the cafeteria during course breaks Fair-Trade products and locally produced and cultivated fruits;
• To include a copy of our Sustainability Policy in all our proposals to providers/clients;
• UMFST encourages suppliers to improve the environment by imposing relevant environmental requirements for their supplied products which cause reduced environmental impact.

Periodic assessment of sustainability and corrective actions:
• Labeling activities with negative impact on the environment, this initiative eliminating or at least limiting influences;
• Training of staff and trainees on environmental issues so as to inform them that UMFST boosts environmental actions which contribute to the development of sustainability;
• Development of a sustainability improvement plan addressed to the internal activity, targeting all employees and management in their daily work.