University of East Anglia People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 100
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 5
5. Carbon Management 45
6. Workers Rights 30
7. Sustainable Food 65
8. Staff and Student Engagement 65
9. Education for Sustainable Development 100
10. Energy Sources 62.5
11. Waste and Recycling 37.5
12. Carbon Reduction 42.5
13. Water Reduction 11

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

We looked at University of East Anglia's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here if we found one:

www.uea.ac.uk/documents/3154295/9533899/UEA+Environmental+Policy+June+2016_signed.pdf/84fdcd36-3b3e-44b2-b31d-dde0658b603b

We wanted to see that the policy wasn't just sitting in a dusty desktop year after year and we needed to know that the policy meant something to staff, students and decision makers at the university. So to score 50% here, the policy needed to have been published within the last 5 years and demonstrate that it was reviewed regularly by someone sitting in a senior position at the university (because if the university is failing to uphold their policy, then someone should know about it ..... and be able to do something about it).

1) University of East Anglia scored: 50 / 50% for their environmental policy

Next we looked at whether the policy was accompanied with a plan for action or Sustainability Strategy, you can read it here if we one found one:

(N/A)

The university could only score 50% if they had set SMART targets in all 8 of key areas below, and if we could see that the strategy had been reviewed in the last 5 years, (much like the environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date:

  • Construction & Refurbishment
  • Emissions & Discharges
  • Community involvement
  • Biodiversity
  • Waste management
  • Travel and Transport
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Water

We found that University of East Anglia is working towards targets in the following areas:

Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Construction and Refurbishment and Community involvement

Therefore...

2) University of East Anglia scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

100% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

100%

The full methodology for how we score this section here.

Having a policy on environment and ethics is a good start - working out how to meet the policy with a strategy is a great start - next we wanted to see how well University of East Anglia resource their policy and strategy. You can't meet your targets without dedicated staff to do all the hard work!

We looked to see whether environmental sustainability if someone in the university senior management team has responsibility for sustainability. It really helps when climate and social justice issues are the responsibility of someone who can make decisions about how the action can be resourced. If we found that someone, you can read about them here: www.uea.ac.uk/about/sustainability/people-planet-uni-league

1) University of East Anglia scored 20/20% for senior responsibility for sustainability

We also wanted to see how many staff were currently employed to work on sustainability issues, and whether students and staff could find them easily online and contact them. We thought the number of sustainability staff should also be shown in relation to the number of staff and students at the university.

University of East Anglia has 12780 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 11 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of East Anglia - we looked for the following info:

  • job title / role
  • contact info
  • specific area of sustainability

If we found that information, here's the link: www.uea.ac.uk/about/sustainability/who-are-we/meet-the-team

2) University of East Anglia scored 55/55% for numbers of sustainability staff

Once a university has employed staff, it can be hard for them to do their job without money available. People & Planet looked for evidence that the sustainability strategy was resourced with a budget and that costs were included as part of the commitment.

3) University of East Anglia scored 10/10% for evidence of a budget to fund the sustainability strategy.

It isn't just the job of sustainability staff ... the whole university community is key to the culture of sustainable development, and when properly supported, they can make all the difference!
We looked at whether the university supported a staff engagement scheme (like Eco-Champions or inter-departmental green team competitions) to engage all staff across the university in environmental and ethical practice through training, workshops and projects.

4) University of East Anglia scored 15/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

100% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

100%

The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well University of East Anglia manages and audit their environmental performance and progress. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it!

University of East Anglia is accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS). It scored 100/100% for the level and coverage of its EMS.

P.S We know this all sounds very technical ... find out more about Environmental Management Systems

5% Section 4. Ethical Investment

5%

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Investments in the fossil fuel industry or arms trade can be contradictory to an institutions broader sustainability aims and goals. A strong ethical investment policy ensures an institution’s investments and banking practices are conducted transparently and in an economically-viable, socially-responsible manner.

1a) University of East Anglia scored 0/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: (N/A)

1b) and  0/60% for including specifics within the policy, including: (N/A)

2) University of East Anglia scored 0/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: (N/A)

3) 5/20% for making a public announcement that it won't invest in fossil fuels and or arms, and if they have, you'll find it here: Arms www.theguardian.com/education/2001/nov/13/businessofresearch.highereducation

When looking at our Fossil Free university campaign aims, here's University of East Anglia's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment full
Divested from all fossil fuels

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of East Anglia

Investments

£288,964
Invested in fossil fuels. Including:
  • £65,304 Shell
  • £58,060 Rio Tinto
  • £31,100 BHP Billiton
That’s 3.2% of total endowment fund of £8,897,939
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

£131,253 Public-funded research into fossil fuel industry.

£2,737,787 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Banking

Barclays £9.4m in bank ATMs on campus Branches on campus
NatWest £711.0k in bank
Post Office Branches on campus
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding does not include all oils and gas research. Data will be available soon.

45% Section 5. Carbon Management

45%How well is University of East Anglia managing its carbon emissions?

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As it's a funding requirement, there aren't many universities that don't have a plan for managing and reducing carbon emissions, here's what we found: portal.uea.ac.uk/documents/6207125/6642429/Carbon+Reduction+Plan.pdf/419970d1-506e-4f53-a44a-d61511cb5dd5

1) University of East Anglia scored 25/25% for having a publicly available carbon management plan that meets set standards

Jargon buster: the following are examples of greenhouse gas emissions called 'scope 3' emissions: business travel, student and staff commute travel, student end of term travel home, supply chain (stuff the university buys) and waste (i.e. rubbish).

2a) 5/5% for including scope 3 emissions within the university Carbon Management Plan.

2b) 0/5% for reporting the university's scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

In the most recent year, University of East Anglia reported emissions from: (N/A) to HESA.

It's important that universities aren't forgetting their halls of residences or other student and staff accommodation when thinking about carbon emissions. If we found info on this, it will be here: (N/A)

2c) University of East Anglia scored 5/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) University of East Anglia scored 10/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste and Water .

University of East Anglia  scored 0/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including (N/A).

30% Section 6. Workers Rights

30%Is University of East Anglia behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) University of East Anglia scores 0/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) University of East Anglia scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

3) University of East Anglia scores 10/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

4) University of East Anglia scores 20/20% for improving workers rights in an area of the university supply chain other than electronics

65% Section 7. Sustainable Food

65%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of East Anglia?

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1) University of East Anglia scores 10/10% for having a publicly available sustainable food policy meeting set standards

If we found one, it should be here: www.uea.ac.uk/documents/3154295/9533899/Sustainable+Food+Policy/

2) University of East Anglia scores 20/50% for continual improvement in sustainable food across the university catering outlets and conference services through a sustainable food framework and for the level reached on that framework OR for sustainable food activities

3) University of East Anglia scores 10/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) University of East Anglia scores 0/5% for being certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standards - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate

4b) University of East Anglia scores 5/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) University of East Anglia scores 5/5% for providing free access to drinking water across the university and for highlighting where this can be found on the university website (here if we found it): www.uea.ac.uk/about/sustainability/campus/food

5) University of East Anglia scores 15/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

If they are, you can find out more here: www.uea.su/opportunities/society/7533/

65% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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How well is University of East Anglia engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) University of East Anglia scores 55/60% for having a strategy in place for student and staff engagement that includes a framework to track progress against smart targets and for including the following engagement actions:

a carbon management plan, b sustainability policy and strategy, c student induction, d go green or environment themed week, e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community and g university has set strategy and targets for student and staff engagement

  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing monitoring of the university Carbon Management Plan.
  • Oversight and involvement of students and staff in the development and ongoing monitoring of the university environment or sustainability policy / plan / strategy.
  • Engagement opportunities for sustainability are a component of student induction processes.
  • University actively supports an annual Go Green Week or environment / sustainability week.
  • The university runs environmental sustainability campaigns that reach all students and staff.
  • Availability of university funds and / or resources /support for student or staff-led practical sustainability projects

2) University of East Anglia scores 0/10% for evidence that the university sustainability policy is included in staff inductions, and if it is, you can see more here: (N/A)

3) University of East Anglia scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

4) University of East Anglia scores 0/10% for student representation on university committees concerned with estates, planning, finance and strategic decision making. 

5) University of East Anglia scores 10/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

100% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

100%

How well is University of East Anglia including sustainability in its education?

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1) University of East Anglia scores 20/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) University of East Anglia scores50/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) University of East Anglia scores 10/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) University of East Anglia scores 10/10% for evidence of student coursework linked to sustainability projects to improve the environmental manegement of the university (often called the Living Lab)

5) 10/10% for supporting or highlighting School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainability, including the pedgagogy of sustainability

62.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

62.5%Where does University of East Anglia get its energy from?

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1) University of East Anglia scores 45/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

2) University of East Anglia scores 17.5/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

3) University of East Anglia scores 0.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

37.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

37.5%

How does University of East Anglia perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) University of East Anglia scores 12.5/50% for recycling 38.38% of its waste.

2) University of East Anglia scores 25.0/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

42.5% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

42.5%

How well is University of East Anglia reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 30.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 12.5/50% for achieving a 1.03% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

11% Section 13. Water Reduction

11%How responsibly is University of East Anglia using water?

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1) 0.0/67% for its use of water per head (staff and students) compared to other universities

2) 11.0/33% for use of grey water (like rain water harvesting)

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