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Oxford Brookes University awarded 1st class in the People & Planet Green League 2013

Scorecard

So how did Oxford Brookes University score against the 13 Policy & Performance criteria in the People & Planet Green League 2013? Full breakdown below.

Policy & Management Section

Could do better1. Environmental Policy

Total Score: 3/3 points.

Criteria

Score

Does Oxford Brookes University have a publicly available environmental policy? Yes: www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/sustainability/about-net-positive-impact/resources/

0.5

Is it reported on annually at a senior level? Yes

0.5

Does it set SMART targets to 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: 6/8 points.

Oxford Brookes University has 1.09 staff dedicated to environmental management per 5000 students, giving a score of 6 out of 8 points.

Excellent performance3. Environmental Auditing and Management Systems

Total Score: 8/8 points.

Criteria

Score

Oxford Brookes University has audited its environmental impacts in the following areas within the last five years (0.5 points for each area with comprehensive audit and baseline figures established):

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

4

Points received by Oxford Brookes University for operating an externally audited Environmental Management System such as ISO14001, EMAS, Ecocampus, Green Dragon, IEMA Acorn Scheme [BS8885]

4

Could do better4. Ethical Investment

Total Score: 2/3 points.

Criteria

Score

Does Oxford Brookes University have a publicly available ethical investment policy? Yes: fls.jamkit.com/hb/ChapterIndex/Treasurymanagement/Ethicalinvestment

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 Oxford Brookes University, 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

Excellent performance5. Carbon Management

Total Score: 6/6 points.

Criteria

Score

Does Oxford Brookes University have a publicly available Carbon Management Plan which meets the Carbon Trust and Capital Investment Framework requirements? www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/sustainability/about-net-positive-impact/resources/

1

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

2

The scope of Oxford Brookes University’s carbon management plan baseline & targets cover emissions from the following areas:

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

3

Excellent performance6. Fairtrade & Ethical Procurement

Total Score: 2/2 points.

Criteria

Score

Is Oxford Brookes University an accredited Fairtrade University with the Fairtrade Foundation. Yes

1

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

0.5

Is Oxford Brookes 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? Yes

0.5

7. Sustainable Food

Total Score: 3/3 points.

Criteria

Score

Does Oxford Brookes University have a publicly available Sustainable Food policy which sets specific timebound targets for improvements? www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/sustainability/about-net-positive-impact/resources/

0.5

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

0.5

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

  • Food for Life Accreditation Yes

  • All whole/liquid/dried eggs are purchased from a free-range production system Yes

  • Purchase fish/fish products with MSC certification Yes

  • All food offers/menus change with the availability of seasonal produce Yes

  • University does not offer purchased bottled water in its hospitality service No

  • Purchasing 100% organic milk Yes

  • Less and better meat and dairy Yes

2

Excellent performance8. Staff & Student Engagement

Total Score: 3/4 points.

The following activities to engage students and staff in sustainability issues are taking place at Oxford Brookes 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) 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 Yes

  • Student representation on all university committees concerned with estates, planning, finance and resource allocation. No

  • 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) Yes

  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing moni- toring of Carbon Management Plan. Yes

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

  • All staff inductions cover sustainability policy and issues Yes

  • Engagement with recognised Trade Union environment reps (eg. GreenReps) or engagement with trade unions on sustainability issues. No

Excellent performance9. Sustainability Education and Learning

Total Score: 2/3 points.

The following activities to integrate sustainability issues throughout the curriculum are taking place at Oxford Brookes 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Is there a review and reporting process in place to monitor the integration of sustainability into the curriculum? Yes

Performance Section

Excellent performance10. Renewable Energy

Total Score: 5/6

Criteria

Score

Oxford Brookes University purchases 100.00% of its electricity from renewable sources.

3/3

Oxford Brookes University generates 2917450 kWh of its energy by Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

1/1

Oxford Brookes University generates 0.08% energy on-site from Low or Zero-Carbon energy sources.

1/2

Poor performance11. Waste & Recycling

Total Score: 8/8

Note: Construction waste has been removed from the figures for 11b Waste Mass Per Head.

Criteria

Score

Oxford Brookes University recycles 93.07% of its total waste.

4/4

Oxford Brookes University produces 48.62 kg of waste per head

4/4

Poor performance12. Carbon Reduction

Total Score: 3/10

Criteria

Score

Oxford Brookes University's average carbon emissions per head is 913.67kg CO2eq

3/6

Oxford Brookes University has increased its emissions since 2005 by 1.02%

0/4

Could do better13: Water Consumption

Total Score: 4/6

Criteria

Score

Oxford Brookes University uses 8.59kl water per head.

2/4

1.0359% of Oxford Brookes University's water comes from grey or rain water sources.

2/2

Their proudest green achievement this year

Sustainable Tea and Scones with Shami Chakrabarti

Oxford Brookes Sustainability Team welcomed Shami Chakrabarti – Chancellor of the University and Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) – to mark the launch of Oxford Brookes’ Sustainability Report 2010/11.

Oxford Brookes is one of the few universities in the UK to produce a report of this kind, which provides information on the sustainability priorities for the University and its performance in areas such as waste, food and transport. This is the third annual sustainability report and for the first time includes data from students. 72.4% of students believe that knowledge of sustainability is important to their future job prospects.

The launch event took place in the Student’s Union and included a feast of sustainable tea and scones. Alongside this was a panel debate and discussion on the topic of how students and universities can work together to make their institution more sustainable. Beside Shami Chakrabarti, other members of the panel included Paul Mason (President of the Students’ Union), Freya Alexander (Students’ Union Environment Officer), Dr Simon Kovesi (Head of the Department of English and Modern Languages), David Shiers, (Reader in Sustainable Property in the Department of Real Estate) and Harriet Waters (Sustainability Manager).

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