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University of Bedfordshire awarded 1st class in the People & Planet Green League 2012

Scorecard

So how did University of Bedfordshire score against the 13 Policy & Performance criteria in the People & Planet Green League 2012? Full breakdown below.

Policy & Management Section

Excellent performance1. Environmental Policy

Total Score: 5/5 points.

Criteria

Score

Does University of Bedfordshire have a publicly available environmental policy? Yes: www.beds.ac.uk/aboutus/strategic/environment

1

Is it reported on annually at a senior level? Yes

2

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

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

2

Could do better2. Environmental Management Staff FTE

Total Score: 4/8 points.

University of Bedfordshire has 0.77 staff dedicated to environmental management per 5000 students (capped at 15,000 students), giving a score of 4 out of 8 points.

Could do better3. Environmental Auditing and Management Systems

Total Score: 4/8 points.

Criteria

Score

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

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

4

Does University of Bedfordshire 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 Bedfordshire have a publicly available ethical investment policy? Yes: Links provided: www.beds.ac.uk/aboutus/qa/foi/finance www.beds.ac.uk/aboutus/qa/foi/policies/uni-bus

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? Yes

1

Has University of Bedfordshire, on ethical grounds: a) divested, b) invested, c) engaged with companies as a shareholder, or d) changed banking provider in the last year? No

0

Could do better5. Carbon Management

Total Score: 4/7 points.

Criteria

Score

Does University of Bedfordshire have a publicly available Carbon Management Plan which meets the Carbon Trust and Capital Investment Framework requirements? Links provided: www.beds.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/7107/carbon-manplan020211.pdf www.beds.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/7113/hecmp-strategicplan240408.pdf

2

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

2

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

  • Procurement : No
  • Staff and student business trips e.g. flights to conferences and field trips: No
  • Staff and students commuting to university on a daily basis: No
  • 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) : No

0

Could do better6. Fairtrade & Ethical Procurement

Total Score: 1/2 points.

Criteria

Score

Is University of Bedfordshire an accredited Fairtrade University with the Fairtrade Foundation. Yes

1

Does University of Bedfordshire have a joint staff/student steering group with the remit of going beyond Fairtrade and increasing the sustainability of all procurement categories? No

0

Is University of Bedfordshire 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? No

0

Could do better7. Sustainable Food

Total Score: 1/2 points.

Criteria

Score

Does University of Bedfordshire have a publicly available Sustainable Food policy which sets specific timebound targets for improvements? www.beds.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/7115/SustainableFoodPolicy2012.pdf

0.5

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

0.5

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

  • only purchasing/using free-range eggs No

  • only purchasing/using sustainable fish No

  • Menus change with the availability of seasonal produce Yes

  • not selling bottled water through its hospitaility services No

  • purchasing 100% organic milk No

  • less and better meat Yes

  • working towards Food for Life accreditation with the Soil Association No

0

Poor performance8. Staff & Student Engagement

Total Score: 1/3 points.

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

  • 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 No

  • 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) No

  • 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 No

  • Coursework linked to sustainability projects within the university/estates department. No

  • 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 Bedfordshire:

  • 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? No

Performance Section

Excellent performance10. Renewable Energy

Total Score: 5/6

Criteria

Score

University of Bedfordshire purchases 100.00% of its electricity from renewable sources.

3/3

University of Bedfordshire generates 158126 kWh of its energy by Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

1/1

University of Bedfordshire generates 0.01% energy on-site from Low or Zero-Carbon energy sources.

1/2

Could do better11. Waste & Recycling

Total Score: 2/8

Note: Construction waste has been removed from the figures in the waste data below.

Criteria

Score

University of Bedfordshire recycles 39.43% of its total waste.

1/4

University of Bedfordshire produces 130.12 kg of waste per head

1/4

Could do better12. Carbon Reduction

Total Score: 6/10

Criteria

Score

University of Bedfordshire's average carbon emissions per head is 527.95kg CO2eq

6/6

University of Bedfordshire has increased its emissions since 2005 by 22.68%

0/4

Excellent performance13: Water Consumption

Total Score: 6/6

Criteria

Score

University of Bedfordshire uses 4.90kl water per head.

4/4

4.5121% of University of Bedfordshire's water comes from grey or rain water sources.

2/2

Their proudest green achievement this year

The University of Bedfordshire continues to reduce its absolute carbon emissions.

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