The American academy in Larnaca is the first educational institution in the district included in the national and European registers for certified environmental and ecological management systems.
Following the implementation of a programme of activities aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of its daily operations, the academy was last month included in the national and European registers of organisations with certified Environmental and Ecological Management Systems since last month.
“We are very proud to have achieved these certifications,” said the president of the board of directors of the American Academy of Larnaca, Elena Patsalou.
“Apart from excellent students, at the American Academy we are shaping characters and we strongly believe that the development of environmental awareness is an important element that we must at every opportunity instil in tomorrow’s citizens”.
The programme involves the implementation of ecological practices in the management of energy, pollutants, waste and recycling issues, a press release by the American academy said.
For example, a large proportion of the school’s daily electricity needs are met by self-generation from renewable sources, while waste management and recycling of materials is managed in a structured manner based on best practices.
As for the reduction of pollutants, the academy said it implements preventive maintenance programmes and systematic replacement of energy-intensive appliances, machinery and equipment.
The Environmental and Ecological Management System of the American Academy of Larnaca has been officially validated by the National Certification Society (ISO 14001:2015) and the International Quality Network (IQNet).
The school also voluntarily participates in the European Parliament’s Eco Management & Audit Scheme (EMAS), which recently certified the school’s environmental policy and as a result the academy has been included, apart from the national register, in the list of all other approved organizations from all other countries of the European Union.
“Inclusion and retention on these registers is not an easy task as the protocols and regulations are very demanding,” the press release said.
Participating organisations must be in full compliance with all national environmental legislation and this compliance must be audited and certified by a public authority. Their environmental performance must be continuously monitored and improved, published annually and of course verified by independent experts.