The paper "Environmental Impacts of an Organisation" is an engrossing example of coursework on environmental studies. Universities and organizations around the world have various environmental impacts on the immediate environment. We settled on the University of Tripoli which is in Libya a third world country in North Africa. It is the largest university in Libya with a student population of more than 45000 students and located in the center of Tripoli (the capital city of Libya). Having been formed as a branch of the University of Libya in 1957 and later became independent in 1973. Environmental impact refers to the effect of a given feature on the immediate environment.
It involves analyzing how a particular project affects, that is its impact and the extent to which it will have on the physical environment, the biochemical, and the socioeconomic environment. Especially around the area of the project. Most of the times the environmental impact assessment gets carried out before the construction begins, as the building is constructed and after the construction. However, the environmental impacts are felt continuous to the immediate environment as long as the institution exists.
Here, we will concentrate on the consequences after the facility is constructed. This is because at the moment the university is already up and running and thus the data of the solid waste during construction is not possible to ascertain. Therefore our research will be considering the solid waste generated after construction. Case Study – Solid Waste After consultation with the other group members, we settled on pollution due to waste disposal. Each person had their proposal as shown in the summary of the minutes taken out of the group meeting.
Minutes of a meeting held on 15th of January, 2016 to determine the environmental impact problem to discuss among many others that may arise. Each of the group members had their suggestions, and thus, we had to come up with the most deserving environmental impact. A suggested that we look at the noise pollution and its effect on the environment. Noise is one of the menaces affecting most of the urban centers. However, being an institution of higher learning, noise is highly reduced, and most of the noise coming from the busy Tripoli city.
Therefore, noise pollution was not an important factor affecting the institution. I suggested water pollution. Being in an environment that is well built, and having various institutions such as the school of medicine, chemicals from the University of Tripoli. It would lead to acid rains caused by released gases such as SO2, CO2, etc. Also, if the chemicals are released into the water bodies without being treated can damage the ecosystem of the water body. It can also lead to eutrophication which causes a rapid growth of phytoplankton that can be detrimental to the survival of aquatic life. M suggested air pollution which is a result of the chemicals released into the air.
The toxicants such as COx, SOx, when released into the air from the laboratories, can lead to pollution of the air. However, this effect is at a very low rate that the effects are less significant. Mitigation measures have been put in place, and thus, air pollution is minimal.
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