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Thames Valley University

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  • Total Score 17.0 (out of 70 possible points)
  • Rank: 119

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Page contents: Green League Indicators 2010

  1. Publicly Available Environmental Policy
  2. Full Time Environment Management Staff
  3. Comprehensive Environmental Auditing
  4. Ethical Investment Policy
  5. Carbon Management
  6. Sustainable Procurement and Fairtrade accreditation
  7. Student and Staff Engagement
  8. Energy sources
  9. Waste
  10. Carbon emissions per head
  11. Water consumption per head

Analysis information:

Management and Policy

1. Publicly Available Environmental Policy

Area

Score

1 a) Does the institution have a publicly available environmental policy published in the last five years? (out of 2 points)

2

1 b) Does the institution report on the environmental policy annually at a senior level of university administration? (out of 2 points)

0

1 c) Does the institution set targets to reduce environmental impact in all the following areas: waste management, transport, sustainable procurement, water, construction & refurbishment, emissions & discharges, community involvement and biodiversity? (out of 2 points)

0

Total out of 6 points

2

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2. Staff

Area

Score

2) How many Environmental Management Staff does the University have? (out of 8 points)

  • 0 points = Institution has less than 0.5 FTE members of staff per 5000 students

  • 4 points = Institution has at least 0.5 FTE members of staff per 5000 students.

  • 6 points = Institution has at least 1.0 FTE members of staff per 5000 students.

  • 8 points = Institution has at least 2.0 FTE members of staff per 5000 students

0

Total out of 8 points

0

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3. Comprehensive Environmental Auditing

Area

Score

3 a) Has the University audited the environmental impacts of the following areas in the last five years? (0.5 points for each area covered)

Waste management

0

Transport

0.5

Sustainable Procurement

0

Energy

0.5

Water

0

Construction & Refurbishment

0

Emissions & Discharges

0

Biodiversity

0

3 b) Is the University part of an external environmental management system (e.g. ISO14001, EMAS, Ecocampus, Green Dragon, etc) (out of 4 points)

0

Total out of 8 points

1

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4. Ethical Investment Policy

Area

Score

4 a) Does the University have a publicly available ethical investment policy published in last five years. (out of 1 point)

0

4 b) Does the University have a publicly available ethical investment policy which is reported on annually or are there are ongoing opportunities for staff, students and other stakeholders to engage with the policy. (out of 1 point)

0

4 c) Has institution on ethical grounds: a) divested, b) invested, c) engaged with companies as a shareholder, or d) changed banking provider. (out of 1 point)

0

4 d) Does the ethical investment policy make specific reference to taking action due to environmental considerations (out of 1 point)

0

Total out of 4 points

0

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5. Carbon Management

Area

Score

5 a) Does the University have a publicly available carbon management plan with a specific percentage time bound carbon reduction target with a baseline that includes direct energy use (out of 2 points)

2

5 b) How ambitious is the institutions short term percentage carbon reduction target (0 to 3 points depending on how target compares to the sector wide targets)

1

5 c) Does the scope of the carbon management plan baseline include the following areas:

Procurement (out of 1 point)

0

Staff and student business trips e.g. flights to conferences and field trips (out of 1 point)

0

Staff and students commuting to university on a daily basis (out of 0.5 points)

0

Carbon emissions associated with the travel between students’ homes and the university at the start and end of term (including international students’ travel to and from their home country) (out of 0.5 points)

0

Total out of 8 points

3

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6. Sustainable Procurement and Fairtrade accreditation

Area

Score

6 a) Does the institution have a publicly-available Sustainable Food Policy or a Sustainable Procurement Policy which integrates sustainability criteria for food? (if over 50% of catering is outsourced, then similar sustainability specifications should be built into catering contracts) (out of 0.5 point)

0

6 b) Does institution do two or more of the following: (1 point)

  • Working towards Soil Association Food for Life catering mark.

  • 75% of dishes are ‘freshly’ prepared.

  • Menus are seasonal.

  • A range of local and organic is served.

  • No fish is served from MCS ‘fish to avoid’ list.

  • At least 30% of ingredients are organic or MSC certified.

  • At least 50% of ingredients are locally sourced.

  • Non-meat dishes are being promoted as part of a balanced, climate-friendly diet.

  • Removal of bottled water for sale.

0

6 c) Is the University an accredited Fairtrade University with the Fairtrade Foundation (out of 1.5 points)

0

Total out of 3 points

0

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7. Student and Staff Engagement

Area

Score

7) Which of the following happens at your institution:

  • Students’ Union or Students’ Association associated with the institution has achieved a Bronze standard, Silver standard or Gold Award in this year’s Sound Impact Awards

  • Environmental Awards (if not affiliated with NUS, evidence of similar environmental initiatives within union will be required).

  • University supports an annual Go Green Week or Environment Week

  • Staff engagement scheme - such as Green Impact or departmental eco-champions.

  • Trade Union climate action groups or time off to participate in Union-linked sustainability initiatives.

  • Interhalls energy saving competitions (eg. Student Switch Off)

  • Interhalls recycling competitions

  • Student representation on all university committees concerned with estates, planning, finance and resource allocation.

  • Awareness-raising campaigns that reach all students and staff

  • All staff inductions cover sustainability policy and issues

  • The university makes use of student involvement (e.g. course work or volunteering) in sustainability projects.

  • Availability of funds for student or staff-led sustainability projects

  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in development and monitoring of Carbon Management Plan.

  • Provision of land for student / staff food-growing projects

(0 points if doing none or only one. 1 point if doing 2 or 3. 2 points if doing 4-6. 3 points if doing 7 or more)

0

Total out of 3 points

0

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Performance

8. Energy sources

Area

Score

8 a) Percentage total energy from renewable energy sources subject to LECs (0 to 3 points depending on renewable energy compared to other institutions)

1

8 b) Institution has an onsite Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) (out of 1 point)

0

8 c) Percentage of total energy generated on-site from Low and Zero-Carbon (LZC) technologies (0 to 2 point compared to other institutions)

0

Total out of 6 points

1

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9. Waste

Area

Score

9 a) Percentage of waste an institution recycles (0 to 4 points depending on percentage of waste recycled compared to other institutions)

0

9 b) Waste mass per head (0 to 4 points depending on percentage change compared to other institutions)

2

Total out of 8 points:

2

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10. Carbon emissions per head

Area

Score

10 a) Institution’s carbon emissions per head (0 to 4 points depending on carbon emissions per head compared to other institutions)

4

10 b) Institutional carbon emissions reductions compared to sector-wide carbon reduction targets from 2005 baseline. (0 - 4 points)

0

Total out of 8 points:

4

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11. Water consumption per head

Area

Score

11 a) Water consumption per head (0 to 4 points awarded depending on water consumption per head compared to other institutions)

4

11 b) Percentage total water from grey or rain water (0 to 4 points compared to other institutions)

0

Total out of 8 points:

4

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Analysis information

Grades

Grade boundaries were set after the scores are collated.

Which universities are assessed?

People & Planet asked all UK universities to provide information for the Green League 2010. Of the 137 eligible to take part, 133 universities provided People & Planet and Hefce with enough information to be entered into the Green League 2010.

  • For both the University of London and the University of Wales, we have taken the constituent colleges.

How has the information been collected?

Research for criteria 1-5

Information for criteria 1-5 is gathered by the Green League 2010 which is submitted to universities as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act / Environmental Information Regulations. The responses to this questionnaire were analysed by a team of student researchers.

Research for criteria 6

Information for criteria 6 was gathered through Green League 2010 questionnaire which is submitted to universities as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act / Environmental Information Regulations. The responses to this questionnaire were analysed by a team of staff, student researchers and researchers at Sustain. Fairtrade University accreditation information is supplied directly by the Fairtrade Foundation. Information on universities working towards Soil Association Food for Life catering mark was supplied by the Soil Association.

Research for criteria 7

Information for criteria 7 is gathered through the Green League 2010 questionnaire which is submitted to universities as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act / Environmental Information Regulations. The responses to this questionnaire were analysed by a team of staff and student researchers. Sound Impact Environmental Award accreditation information is supplied directly by NUS Services Ltd.

Research for criteria 8-11.

The remaining criteria relate to on-the-ground environmental performance outcomes. This information comes from Estate Management Statistics (EMS), obtained through a freedom of information request to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and computed by People & Planet.

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