staff and hr

It has been repeatedly demonstrated that without the expertise and championing of professional staff dedicated to environmental sustainability, initiatives in universities are unlikely to be systematic, well-coordinated and resourced, or have significant long-term success.

Scores are awarded with recognition that institutions vary in their size, financial resource and approach to human resource management. People & Planet appreciate that a broad range of staff may take on responsibility for sustainability and that for some universities, taking a holistic approach to embedding sustainability is the best cultural fit.

 

Governance - senior staff

1. Is sustainability included within the portfolio of responsibilities of a member of the university senior management team?

Score 25%

Clarifications

  • Sustainability may be described by universities in a number of ways (environmental sustainability, sustainable development, environmental and ethical management or social and environmental responsibility are all acceptable definitions).

  • Senior management with responsibilities limited to energy, utilities or carbon management will not be accepted.

  • Senior management is defined as heads of department, or those sitting on the executive board.

  • We will look for the name and role of the senior manager responsible for sustainability at the university on the university website and will award scores only where it is clear that environmental sustainability is one of their areas of responsibility.

 

Dedicated and expert staff

2. Who is working on environmental sustainability?

Score 60%

Staff working in dedicated sustainability roles are listed on the university website with the following info:

  • job title / role

  • contact information

  • area of sustainability (i.e. what aspects of sustainability is this person responsible for)

NB We expect to see a job title and area of responsibility for each member of staff. A departmental sustainability email address is acceptable for contact details.

Clarifications:

Sustainability staff could be working in the following areas:

*Sustainability / environment director/manager/coordinator or similar – overseeing the sustainable development of the university *Sustainable travel *Energy/carbon reduction and management *Environmental management systems *Waste reduction and reuse *Paid internships *Assistants, officers, project officers etc *Behaviour change / sustainability communications

The following roles are not accepted:

Building management, groundskeeping, recycling operatives, departmental eco-champions.

Academic staff in sustainable fields will not be counted unless they can demonstrate a role in promoting sustainability within the university beyond teaching.


Universities with fewer than 500 staff should receive:

  • Full marks (60%) for showing they have more than 2 or more members of staff dedicated to environmental sustainability (not including energy or Building management).

  • 30% for showing they have at least 1 member of staff dedicated to environmental sustainability (not including energy or Building management).
Number of students (teaching FTE) No. sustainability staff Score
less than 5000 1 25%
  2 35%
  3 45%
  4 or more 60%
Between 5-10,000 1 15%
  2 to 3 25%
  4 to 5 35%
  6 to 7 45%
  8 or more 60%
Between 10-15,000 1 to 2 15%
  3 to 5 25%
  6 to 7 35
  8 to 9 45%
  10 or more 60%
Over 15,000 1 to 4 15%
  5 to 6 25%
  7 to 8 35%
  9 to 11 45%
  12 or more 60%

Universities with fewer than 500 staff should receive:

  • Full marks (60%) for showing they have more than 2 or more members of staff dedicated to environmental sustainability (not including energy or Building management).

  • 30% for showing they have at least 1 member of staff dedicated to environmental sustainability (not including energy or Building management).

All staff

3. Does the university supports a staff engagement scheme to involve staff in improving the environmental performance of the university?

Score 15%

Clarifications:

  • People & Planet will look for recent evidence of this scheme in action, on the university website.

  • To score, we will need to find evidence that the scheme has taken place in the last 12 months.

  • People & Planet remains open to what staff engagement schemes are accepted, but will look for schemes that have been taken part in by multiple departments.

  • These could include: departmental eco-champions; Carbon Literacy Training; Staff tracking actions; Membership of sustainability-related working groups / project groups

 

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