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CEBTS guideline Environmental Policy

Preamble

Flowing from our Mission Statement, CEBTS in our witnessing to life in ( setting) recognises our responsibility to educate, enable, encourage and set an example to our staff, students, visitors and neighbours in the stewardship of God's world as an essential element in Christian discipleship and kingdom ministry. The Board of Trustees, Rector and Staff respects this responsibility and we are committed to the following Environmental Policy as a governing factor in our management systems.

Our Environmental Policy embraces the notion of Sustainable Development, which is different from sustainability and more accurately reflects our understanding of being made in the image of God and invited by Him to be partners with Him in both the maintenance and development of His creation. God means us and allows us to take what He gives us and responsibly to develop it in such a way that it is enriching for us without damaging or impoverishing the whole creation now or in the future. Nor must the exercise of this God given liberty and role diminish the variety and quality of His creation (which has so delighted and nurtured us) for future generations. Development which is not sustainable has been popularly described as "cheating on our children" or "treating the planet as though we do not intend to stay".

(Note: The Preamble does not form part of the policy)

1 Overall framework

The Environmental Policy of the seminary consists of three elements that will be absorbed into the Seminary's culture:

  1. our Curriculum and Education Programme using the book “The Place of Environmental Theology" (IBTS, 2007)
  2. the management of the institution, our estate and buildings
  3. our involvement with and encouragement of good environmental practice in the Prague region and the local community.

2 Specific activities

To deliver each of the foregoing elements of the Policy, the seminary will address a number of issues and devise a range of specific activities.

2.1. Curriculum Development and Education Programmes

The Seminary will:

  1. include within our worship, prayers, songs and theological programmes an understanding that caring for and partnering God in the wonder of creation is an essential part of Christian discipleship and ministry.
  2. ensure that the notion of stewardship is inherent in all our teaching and training programmes, not just in some with an ecological tag.
  3. recognise that in both the Old and the New Testament studies God has an abiding interest in the world He created and for which His Son died.
  4. will encourage all who come within its community, as lecturers, students, visitors or workers to carry out a personal environmental check up and discharge their duties in such a way as to contribute to the life of the Seminary as an environmentally sensitive contributor.
  5. have a constant programme of training and alerting our staff, students and visitors in such matters as good waste management, energy conservation, pollution reduction and environmental enhancement.

2.2. Management of the Institution, its Buildings and Campus

The seminary will:

  1. develop and operate this environmental policy which embraces the notion of Sustainable Development, removing bad practices and will seek to ensure that the seminary functions safely, reliably and provides a healthy environment for all within our own micro environment.
  2. in seeking to preserve and enhance the environment, use the best available, economically feasible and environmentally sensitive technology.
  3. seek to reduce our use of water and minimise the adverse environmental effects of such water as goes to waste.
  4. seek to reuse and recycle materials and so reduce the waste it produces.
  5. develop strategies and management practices that reduce the use of energy from fossil fuels and explore alternative energy sources, and seek to use them whenever possible.
  6. reduce our impact on the environment by using environmentally friendly raw materials and supplies and by controlling emissions from our heating and ventilation systems.
  7. select wherever possible contractors and suppliers who take a concern for the environment into their production, purchasing and sales methods.
  8. seek to ensure that healthy food when available and possible will be served to those living or visiting the campus.

2.3. the seminary's involvement with and encouragement of good environmental practice in the local region and the local community

The seminary will:

  1. keep the environmental laws of the European Union.
  2. use the experience and knowledge gained by our own practices to offer advice to the wider Christian community, regional bodies and municipalities and the general public.
  3. cooperate with other Christian groups and people of goodwill to promote concern for the environment.

3 Methodology

The seminary will:

  1. conduct a baseline survey in all three activity areas to establish current practices including costs.
  2. set targets and deadlines for achieving change and improvement in all the activity areas
  3. annually review the effectiveness and performance within each activity area
  4. seek external validation of our performance and be ready to respond to constructive criticism from interested parties
  5. within the annual budget attempt to provide the necessary resources for realising the aims of this Environmental Policy and the goals, targets and programmes within it.

4 Conclusion

In adopting this Environmental Policy the Board of Trustees asks the Rector and the staff to provide an annual report on this policy, its implementation and the extent to which goals and targets are being met and programmes being conducted.

CEBTS Guideline Policy
June 2007.

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