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The environmental representative’s role

At every department and unit in the University, there must be at least one environmental representative to support and conduct local environmental work in cooperation with the University’s environmental coordinator.

Functions of the representative (here in Swedish)

  • To support the head of department in implementing environmental policy.
  • To give the head of department progress reports on the work.
  • To coordinate and pursue environmental work at department level.
  • To serve as a liaison and link between the local and central level where the University’s environmental work is concerned.
  • To convey central information to employees at department level.
  • To feed back from local to central level the former’s views on the environmental work that is done.
  • To take part in training, briefing sessions etc. arranged by the University for environmental representatives.
  • To plan, coordinate and develop documentation at department level ahead of and in the course of environmental audits.

Environmental representatives at the University thus have a key part to play. However, the person ultimately responsible for local environmental work is the head of department or equivalent. The environmental representative’s role is thus to support the head of department and pursue policy issues.

How to become an environmental representative

  • Contact the head of department or equivalent to see whether the tasks can be fitted into your present position.
  • Fill in the requisite form (in Swedish) and submit it according to instructions given on the form. Note: The environmental representative may master the Swedish language in order to success with this task.

When these steps are completed, the environmental representative will gain access to a group area in the staff portal where there are tools for the environmental work, details of meetings and other information relevant to the task.

As an environmental representative, I’m able to influence environmental measures at my workplace and, jointly with my colleagues, improve our ways of working. For instance, we discuss how we can shape our study programmes to make them more sustainable, by digitising them more and in other ways. Being able to help achieve progress in the University’s environmental work feels worthwhile. At the representatives’ meetings and in the in-service training, I learn a whole lot of new things that are useful and beneficial in my private life as well.

Karin Folcker, Environmental Representative