Environmental Protection


  • To establish procedures that will ensure consistent response to environmental issues and demonstrate responsibility and due diligence
  • To ensure compliance with all applicable environmental regulations, at all sites, as a minimum standard
  • To provide communication and education about environmental issues

Departmental Requirements – Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The University is committed to developing an environmental management system that will ensure compliance with legislation, demonstrate due diligence, and establish a process of continuous improvement resulting in environmental stewardship. There are five components of this system which are outlined below along with the department’s responsibilities.

1) Policy

Policy #6 (Environmental Protection Compliance) states that:

“UBC will act responsibly and demonstrate accountable management of the property and affairs of UBC in protecting the environment. All individuals in the University community share the responsibility for protecting the environment, Administrative heads of unit are responsible for ensuring compliance with legislation and UBC procedures both on and off campus.”

Approved January 1994, See page viii for the policy document.

All individuals in the department are to be made aware of the policy on Environmental Protection Compliance and other relevant policies (e.g. policy #5 – Sustainability). It is a goal of the University that all administrative heads of the unit, or their designates, attend the session on “Environmental Responsibilities at UBC”. For information on upcoming sessions contact the Manager Environmental Programs (822-9527).

All individuals within the department are responsible for reporting incidents, and serious issues immediately to the administrative head of the unit. The administrative head of the unit shall advise the Manager of Environmental Programs immediately of any serious issues.

2) Planning

The administrative head of the unit, or their designate, must contact a legal review annually. The review will consist of:

  • A review of the UBC Environmental Legislation Handbook and other resources to determine legislation, codes of practice, guidelines and UBC policies and procedures that are applicable to operations and activities within the faculty.
  • Notification and distribution of applicable legislation, codes of practice, guidelines and UBC policies and procedures, to all affected Faculty, Staff and Students in the faculty.
  • Completion of the regulatory review form in appendix.

The environmental impact of all new projects or activities will be assessed by the principal investigator. Where possible efforts will be taken to minimize any adverse impacts. For assistance or further information on conducting an assessment contact the Environmental Programs Advisory Committee, c/o the Manager Environmental Programs (822-9527).

The department will complete a Unit Environmental Management Plan as required by the University (this process is currently being developed by Environmental Programs) to identify significant environmental impacts and to set targets for mitigation.

3) Implementation and Operation

Disposal of hazardous wastes will be conducted in accordance with all applicable legislation and UBC procedures (contact the Environmental Programs Officer, 822-9280 for hazardous waste disposal procedures). All individuals handling hazardous materials are also referred to the UBC Spill Reporting Procedures.

All individuals must be trained prior to conducting activities that could impact the environment. Training records are to be documented and maintained up to date.

All individuals, where applicable, are encouraged to participate in the following programs:

  • Solvent recovery (contact 822-1285)
  • Photochemical Treatment and Recovery (contact 822-1285)
  • Chemical Exchange (contact 822-6306)
  • Waste Reduction (contact (822-3827)

Individuals are directed to the following resources to remain aware of environmental issues

  • Waste Watchers newsletter (contact 822-9280)
  • Environmental Programs website
  • Environmental Programs Annual Reports (contact 822-9527)

Additional information regarding environmental issues and initiatives will be posted on the safety boards or distributed by the faculty safety program administrator.

4) Monitoring and Corrective Action

Plans will be developed by the local Safety Program Administrator (SPA) for bringing all identified deficiencies into compliance with legislation. The local SPA is responsible for ensuring issues identified through the UBC environmental audit program are addressed.

5) Management Review and Reporting

Environmental issues will be reviewed at the Department Safety meetings. Serious issues are to be reported immediately to the Manager of Environmental Programs and the unit’s applicable Vice President.


The responsibilities of the University community as defined under the Environmental Protection Compliance Policy and its associated procedures include:

All Individuals In The University Community (including faculty, staff and students):

  • To protect the environment.

Principal Investigators

  • To apply to the Environmental Programs Advisory Committee for a certificate of environmental protection for off-campus activities that have unknown or potentially harmful impacts by researchers.

Administrative Heads of Units

(including Director of a service unit, Head of an academic department, Director of a centre, institute or school, Principal of a college, a Dean, an Associate Vice President, the Registrar, the University Librarian, a Vice President or the President):

  • To ensure compliance with environmental legislation within their unit.
  • To communicate compliance goals to persons working or studying within their unit.
  • To provide plans in response to non-compliances identified by environmental audits.
  • To establish monitoring systems and procedures to handle and report accidents and incidents that may affect the environment and to prevent and reduce environmental impacts.
  • To ensure training of persons working or studying within their unit in relevant environmental issues and procedures for recognizing, responding to and reporting accidents that may affect the environment.
  • To notify affected individuals (including the Environmental Programs Manager and the appropriate Vice President) when potentially harmful conditions arise or are discovered and keep them aware of corrective actions.