An environment-friendly language school

EMAS registrationIH Barcelona is now registered under the European Union's Eco—Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

The scheme is designed to recognise organizations that "go beyond minimum legal compliance and continuously improve their environmental performance" — and to encourage others to join them.

"You can help us, too," says Alberto Marin, who co-ordinates the scheme at IH Barcelona, "by saving paper by not printing things you really don't need, and not making unnecessary photocopies, to give two small examples."

There's a great pro-environment advertising campaign on TV here in Spain at the moment in which — for example — someone chucks away a drinks can, saying "Total, por una lata…", to which the reply is "El total es lo que cuenta…"

It's the total that counts…

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5 Comments

  1. I think you should ban people from entering the building with Starbucks coffee cups! It's completely crazy to use — and trash — one of those every time you drink a coffee.

    You should NOT allow people to bring them into the school!!!!

  2. People shouldn't eat crazy things like apples from china and kiwis from new zealand. It's completely mad to air transport that stuff here. Eat local produce ONLY!

  3. I agree, Kate! Go to the supermarket next door and check out where their fresh produce comes from — not too much of it is even from within Spain!

    Personally, I never buy fruit or veg which is from further than 150km away. Pears from Lleida does get a bit boring though ,-) !

  4. PROHIBICIÓN TOTAL DE LA VENTA DE LOS 4X4 — CONTAMINAN 4 O 5 VECES MÁS QUE UN COCHE NORMAL

  5. People on my teacher training course wasted a huge amount of paper printing stuff out and making photocopies.

    You should stop them from doing that — otherwise it's hypocritical of you to say you've got an environment policy!

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