Back to Green League table

Award class badge: 21

Questions? Comments? Feedback?

anti-spam number must be copied

Durham University awarded 2:1 class in the People & Planet Green League 2011

Case Study from the University

Institutional change logo transition

Durham University has just completed its Carbon Management Plan for the Carbon Trust. There are 14 project areas which cover a very wide range of initiatives. This is clear evidence that the University has taken carbon emissions seriously and that there will be major effort to reduce emissions over the next few years, both via behavioural change and non-behavioural engineering.

In particular our Procurement Service have recently changed their sourcing of local foods. This has been widely reported in local papers

Scorecard

So how did Durham University score against the 13 Policy & Performance criteria in the People & Planet Green League 2011? Check out the full breakdown below.

Policy & Management Section

Excellent performance1. Environmental Policy

Total Score: 5/5 points.

Criteria

Score

Does Durham University have a publicly available environmental policy?

1

Is it reported on annually at a senior level?

2

Does it set SMART targets reduce environmental impacts in all the following areas?:

  • Biodiversity
  • Community involvement
  • Construction and refurbishment
  • Emissions and discharges
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Transport
  • Waste
  • Water

2

Excellent performance2. Environmental Management Staff FTE

Total Score: 8/8 points.

Durham University has 2.1 staff dedicated to environmental management per 5000 students (capped at 15,000 students), giving a score of 8 out of 8 points.

Could do better3. Environmental Auditing and Management Systems

Total Score: 5.5/8 points.

Criteria

Score

Durham University has audited its environmental impacts in the following areas within the last five years (0.5 points for each area):

  • Biodiversity
  • Construction and refurbishment
  • Emissions and discharges
  • Energy
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Transport
  • Waste
  • Water

2.5

Does Durham University operate an externally audited Environmental Management System (e.g. ISO14001, EMAS, Ecocampus, Green Dragon, IEMA Acorn Scheme [BS8885])?

3

Could do better4. Ethical Investment

Total Score: 2/3 points.

Criteria

Score

Does Durham University have a publicly available ethical investment policy?

1

Is the publicly available ethical investment policy reported on annually and/or are there ongoing opportunities for staff, students and other stakeholders to engage with the policy?

1

Has Durham University, on ethical grounds: a) divested, b) invested, c) engaged with companies as a shareholder, or d) changed banking provider in the last year?

0

Could do better5. Carbon Management

Total Score: 4/7 points.

Criteria

Score

Does Durham University have a publicly available Carbon Management Plan which meets the Carbon Trust and Capital Investment Framework requirements?

2

How ambitious is Durham University’s average annual % carbon reduction target (calculated from an institution’s short-term targets from a 2005 baseline)

2

The scope of Durham University’s carbon management plan baseline & targets includes emissions from the following areas:

  • Procurement
  • Staff and student business trips e.g. flights to conferences and field trips
  • Staff and students commuting to university on a daily basis
  • 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)

0

Could do better6. Fairtrade & Ethical Procurement

Total Score: 1.5/2 points.

Criteria

Score

Is Durham University an accredited Fairtrade University with the Fairtrade Foundation.

1

Does Durham University have a joint staff/student steering group with the remit of going beyond Fairtrade and increasing the sustainability of all procurement categories?

0.5

Is Durham University affiliated to the Worker Rights Consortium, in order to monitor the suppliers and parts of its garment supply chains that are not covered by Fairtrade certification?

0

Excellent performance7. Sustainable Food

Total Score: 2/2 points.

Criteria

Score

Does Durham University have a publicly available Sustainable Food policy which sets specific timebound targets for improvements?

0.5

Is the sustainable food policy reported on annually at a senior level?

0.5

Durham University is implementing the following sustainable food practices or is working towards Soil Association Food for Life catering mark:

  • only purchasing/using free-range eggs: Yes
  • only purchasing/using sustainable fish: Yes
  • Menus change with the availability of seasonal produce: Yes
  • not selling bottled water through its hospitaility services: Yes

1

Excellent performance8. Staff & Student Engagement

Total Score: 3/3 points.

The following activities to engage students and staff in sustainability issues are taking place at Durham University:

  • Students’ Union or Students’ Association associated to the institution has achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award in this year’s Green Impact Union Awards (or similar) No

  • University actively supports an annual Go Green Week or Environment Week Yes

  • Staff engagement scheme to involve staff in improving the environmental performance of the university- for eg. Green Impact Universities or departmental eco-champions Yes

  • Initiatives to increase energy saving behaviour of all students in halls of residence (eg. Student Switch Off) Yes

  • Initiatives to increase recycling behaviour of all students in halls of residence Yes

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

  • Environmental awareness-raising campaigns that reach all students and staff No

  • Coursework linked to sustainability projects within the university/estates department. Yes

  • Availability of university funds for student or staff-led practical sustainability projects (eg. campus allotments, recycling schemes etc) Yes

  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing moni- toring of Carbon Management Plan. No

  • Provision of space for student / staff food-growing projects Yes

  • All staff inductions cover sustainability policy and issues Yes

  • Trade Union climate action groups (eg. GreenReps) or time off to participate in Union- linked sustainability initiatives. No

no data9. Curriculum

Total Score: 0/2 points.

The following activities to integrate sustainability issues throughout the curriculum are taking place at Durham University:

  • Is there a commitment to integrate sustainability into the curriculum in their Corporate or Strategic Plan? No
  • Is there a commitment to integrate sustainability into the curriculum in their Teaching and Learning Strategy? No
  • Is there a commitment to integrate sustainability into the curriculum in the Environmental Policy? No
  • Is support or training made available to all staff to help them integrate sustainability into the curriculum? No
  • Is there a review and reporting process in place to monitor the integration of sustainability into the curriculum? No

Performance Section

no data10. Renewable Energy

Total Score: 0/6

Criteria

Score

Durham University purchases 0.00% of its electricity from renewable sources.

0/3

Durham University generates 0 kWh of its energy by Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

0/1

Durham University generates 0.00% energy on-site from Low or Zero-Carbon energy sources.

0/2

Could do better11. Waste & Recycling

Total Score: 4/8

Criteria

Score

Durham University recycles 82.21% of its total waste.

4/4

Durham University produces 407.93 kg of waste per head

0/4

no data12. Carbon Reduction

Total Score: 0/10

Criteria

Score

Durham University's average carbon emissions per head is 2108.74kg CO2eq

0/6

Durham University has increased its emissions since 2005 by 14.18%

0/4

no data13: Water Consumption

Total Score: 0/6

Criteria

Score

Durham University uses 25.05kl water per head.

0/4

0.0000% of Durham University's water comes from grey or rain water sources.

0/2

Back to Green League table