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University of Winchester awarded 1st class in the People & Planet Green League 2011

Case Study from the University

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University of Winchester food poster

We believe the University is leading the HE Sector in the area of Sustainable Catering. We launched our LIFE brand last year and continue to be dedicated to sustainable food.

Our journey so far:

2005:

  • Started using only free range eggs

2007:

  • Fairtrade status awarded

2008

  • Use only UK reared chicken
  • Coffee grounds composted onsite
  • Start monitoring food miles and reducing deliveries to campus

2009:

  • Launch LIFE brand - Local, Independant, Fair, Ethical
  • Cooking oil sent off to disabled charity for conversion to biofuel

2010

  • Awarded Good Chicken Award for using only free range chicken in all freshly cooked food, we also only use free range pork and farm assured is minimum standard for all other meats
  • Catering department Ethical Procurement Policy created
  • Food waste collections for off-site composting
  • Provide bottled water for hospitality and conferencing from bottling system
  • Soil Association Silver accreditation for Conferencing and Wedding menus
  • Organic milk introduced for coffee outlets

Scorecard

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

Policy & Management Section

Could do better1. Environmental Policy

Total Score: 3/5 points.

Criteria

Score

Does University of Winchester 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

0

Could do better2. Environmental Management Staff FTE

Total Score: 6/8 points.

University of Winchester has 1.0 staff dedicated to environmental management per 5000 students (capped at 15,000 students), giving a score of 6 out of 8 points.

Poor performance3. Environmental Auditing and Management Systems

Total Score: 3/8 points.

Criteria

Score

University of Winchester 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

3

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

0

Could do better4. Ethical Investment

Total Score: 2/3 points.

Criteria

Score

Does University of Winchester 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 University of Winchester, 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: 5/7 points.

Criteria

Score

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

2

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

2

The scope of University of Winchester’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)

1

Could do better6. Fairtrade & Ethical Procurement

Total Score: 1/2 points.

Criteria

Score

Is University of Winchester an accredited Fairtrade University with the Fairtrade Foundation.

1

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

0

Is University of Winchester 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 University of Winchester 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

University of Winchester 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 University of Winchester:

  • 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) Yes

  • 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 No

  • 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 Yes

  • 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) No

  • 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 No

  • 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

Could do better9. Curriculum

Total Score: 1/2 points.

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

  • Is there a commitment to integrate sustainability into the curriculum in their Corporate or Strategic Plan? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Performance Section

Could do better10. Renewable Energy

Total Score: 3/6

Criteria

Score

University of Winchester purchases 92.00% of its electricity from renewable sources.

3/3

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

0/1

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

0/2

Could do better11. Waste & Recycling

Total Score: 6/8

Criteria

Score

University of Winchester recycles 52.19% of its total waste.

3/4

University of Winchester produces 87.38 kg of waste per head

3/4

Poor performance12. Carbon Reduction

Total Score: 4/10

Criteria

Score

University of Winchester's average carbon emissions per head is 725.31kg CO2eq

4/6

University of Winchester has increased its emissions since 2005 by 16.3%

0/4

Poor performance13: Water Consumption

Total Score: 1/6

Criteria

Score

University of Winchester uses 16.91kl water per head.

1/4

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

0/2

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