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Although colleges and universities produce “knowledge” rather than “widgets” they are still required to comply with all applicable environmental requirements.  As many schools have discovered, failure to do so can be costly.  For example, the University of Georgia faced a $2.62 million cleanup of hazardous waste in a landfill that polluted groundwater.  Penn State University must spend more than $1 million to clean up a well contaminated with fire-fighting chemicals used during a training program.  The University of New Hampshire may face a penalty of over $300,000 for hazardous waste violations. 

In June, 2003 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified “Colleges and Universities” as one of the seven categories included in its new multi-media “Sector Strategies Program.”   The EPA will work with each sector to address three priority areas:

  • Promote environmental management systems;
  • Overcome regulatory or other barriers to performance improvement; and
  • Explore ways to measure progress through performance indicators.
To assist colleges and universities with compliance issues, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is partnering with US EPA Region 4 and the South Carolina Sustainable Universities Initiative to host a two-day conference -- Making the Grade: Environmental Compliance at Colleges and Universities -- on January 21-22, 2004 at the University of South Carolina Daniel Management Center in the Moore School of Business.  The agenda will include sessions on hazardous waste compliance, air quality regulation, and concurrent sessions on the use of environmental management systems and facility management issues. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Clarion Townhouse, within easy walking distance of the Daniel Management Center. The Clarion Townhouse is offering a special Environmental Compliance Conference rate of $67.00.   Please call the Clarion Townhouse directly at 1-800-277-8711 to make your reservations and ask for the Environmental Compliance conference rate to receive the special rate.

Questions?  Call Trish Jerman (SUI) at 803.777.7760 or Claire Prince (DHEC) at 803.896.1132. 
 



Prepared by:  Kim Buchanan
Document URL:  http://www..sc.edu/2004ComplianceWkshp.htm
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