Audit of the Office of the Prime Minister

SCP leader:                          Ms Elizabeth Agius & Mr Josef Azzopardi

Participating school:      St Ignatius College Ħandaq Middle School

Students’ Age:                    11-13 years

Project time frame:          Project Year 1

  • Research question: What was the research question? What are the underlying regional problems? 
  1. How are principles of sustainability implemented at the work place?
  2. How can the wellbeing of employees be safeguarded through sustainable work practices?

The project aims to help students to:

  • explore real-life sustainability issues/dilemmas that challenge the ‘textbook’ approach 
  • promote change in the community
  • share experiences and suggestions about sustainability issues
  • Approach: How did you proceed?

A group of six students accompanied by their educators carried out an environmental audit at the Office of the Prime Minister and other areas within Auberge de Castille, including the quarters of Hon. Dr. Carmelo Abela, Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister.

After liaising with the Office staff, two students conducted a reconnaissance visit to the site to familiarize themselves with the place and identify issues that need to be looked into more detail during the actual audit exercise. Together with their teachers they developed a checklist that they will be using during the audit.

On the day of the audit, the students toured and examined the building and audited various areas including: the front offices, the reception area, the Prime Minister’s office, the staterooms, the boardrooms, the kitchenettes, the bathrooms, the restrooms, the corridors, the fire exits, the waiting rooms, the terraces and various other facilities. The students also had the opportunity to interview staff members to further understand in which way the existing building design, operations and in-house policies are contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Back at school the students analyzed their observations and compiled an action plan that they presented to the Hon. Dr. Robert Abela (Prime Minister of Malta) and Hon. Dr. Carmelo Abela (Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister) in the presence of their staff. In a year’s time the students will once again visit the OPM to verify if any of the recommendations they put forward were taken aboard.

  • Solution: What are your findings?

The solutions proposed were grouped under the following categories:

  • measures to ensure energy and water conservation 
  • procedures related to waste management
  • measures related to safety
  • green procurement
  • practices that promote the wellbeing of employees 
  • Recommendation: What solutions have you developed for the regional problem(s)?

Besides listing the issues found (organized per areas visited), the Action Plan presented relevant actions that need to be taken to promote sustainable choices and habits. 

  • Dissemination: How did you promote your recommendations?

The event was reported on the Prime Minister’s personal FB page, on newspapers, on national TV and on the EkoSkola website.

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