Green League Oversight Group
The Green League Oversight Group 2013. Each year, a GLOG is recruited from among sector stakeholders, with members selected to represent the widest possible diversity of the sector in terms of:
- Geographical: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, rural, urban
- Range of role holders: Sustainability professionals, Directors of Estates, Energy Managers etc.
- Size & Type of institution: eg. from large research-intensive ones to small specialist colleges.
The GLOG has a remit of providing:
- Advisory capacity to People & Planet Green League team.
- Consensus position to assist People & Planet rather than each university looking out for their own interests.
- Consultation over wording, evidence requirements and weighting of different criteria.
- Role in validation of Green League – eg. helping to design and agree on an Appeal Process by which universities check scoring before publication.
- Scoring – provide advice on evidence requirements for each criteria.
“I signed up to the GLOG because I wanted to make sure that the voice of the small specialist institution is taken into account as the Green League develops. The GLOG provided an excellent forum for a frank exchange of views between representatives of a wide cross section of HEIs, and it was clear that both the staff at People and Planet and the members of the GLOG were equally committed to getting the survey right. I guess it will never be perfect in such a diverse sector, but hopefully the 2011 survey will be seen as coming close.” Clive Russell, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
GLOG Membership 2013
- Adrian Davis, University of Ulster, Sustainability Manager, Performance Metrics and Carbon Management & Reduction.
- Alice Golightly, Cranfield University, Environment Advisor, Estates, Performance Metrics and Procurement & Food.
- Amanda Williams, Bournemouth University, Environment & Energy Manager, Carbon Management & Reduction, Transport, and Food & Procurement.
- Prof. Daniella Tilbury, University of Glostershire, Director of Sustainability, Performance Metrics and Engagement, Education & Research.
- David Stutchfield, University of St. Andrews, Energy Officer, Carbon Management & Reduction and Energy.
- Donna Gutteridge, Liverpool John Moores University, Assistant Environmental Manager, Transport and Engagement, Education & Research.
- Emily Rye, University of Huddersfield, Environment and Sustainability Coordinator, Transport and Procurement & Food.
- Gareth Ellis, Cranfield University, Energy & Environment Manager, Energy and Carbon Management & Reduction.
- Huw Evans, Keele University, Environmental Manager, Performance Metrics.
- James Dixon-Gough, University of Leeds, Sustainable Development Officer, Procurement & Food, Energy and Carbon Management & Reduction.
- Jon Emmett, London School of Economics ,Sustainability Projects Officer, Engagement, Education & Research and Performance Metrics.
- Jonathan Mills, Lancaster University, Environment manager.
- Karen Gallagher, University of Exeter, Sustainability Manager, Transport and Procurement & Food.
- Katherine Thorne, University of Greenwich, Head of Sustainability, Engagement, Education & Research, Transport & Energy.
- Lisa Brannan, University of Leeds, Sustainable Transport Officer, Transport.
- Lynette Jones, Aston University, Environment & Sustainability Officer.
- Michael Dick, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Director of Strategic Projects.
- Peter Rands, Canterbury Christ Church University, Director of Sustainability Development, Transport.
- Rebecca Bennett, University of Salford, Environment and Sustainability Officer, Food & Procurement and Engagement, Education & Research.
- Rosemary Willatt, University College London, Sustainability Stakeholder and Communications Coordinator, Performance Metrics.
- Sophie Leigh, Manchester Metropolitain University, Environment Team Coordinator, Performance Metrics, Food & Procurement and Engagement, Education & Research
Non-university stakeholders include representatives from external organisations with relevant expertise as required, for example:
- Higher Education Academy
- Carbon Trust
- Environmental Management Schemes
- Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges
- Universities and Colleges Union
- National Union of Students
- Soil Association
Interview with a previous GLOG member
Why did you join the GLOG?
I joined the GLOG because I think the Green League has been pivotal to driving sustainability in the Higher Education sector up the agenda. I would like to see the league improve and hope I have some contribution to make towards that.
What do you think of the Stakeholder consultation and transparency levels of this year’s Green League process?
Consultation and transparency has vastly improved since previous years.
How has the Green League changed/improved in the last year or so?
The big difference has to be asking institutions about their curriculum content and making the criteria more testing which is obviously the way to go.
What does People & Planet still need to improve on?
Making this a league which encompasses sustainability in a wider sense - is an institution which has fantastic environmental management systems but no integration with its local community truly a sustainable one?
What benefits has the People & Planet Green League brought to your institution/business/organisation, if any?
he league has added to the weight of evidence for a more sustainable approach in many areas within the University. Areas within the University where the sustainability profile has vastly improved over the last few years are capital projects and catering.
With funding cuts already threatening sustainability budgets within the higher education sector, how important do you feel the People & Planet Green League’s role is as a high-profile, independent tool for keeping sustainability on the sector’s agenda?
The sector needs a high profile tool for showing progress towards being more sustainable. As institutions we need to move towards being much more sustainable and on the way share best practice and set challenging targets; a tool that compares the sustainability profile of different organisations is a vital part of this process.