University of Exeter People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 90
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 65
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 35
5. Carbon Management 60
6. Workers Rights 25
7. Sustainable Food 70
8. Staff and Student Engagement 40
9. Education for Sustainable Development 75
10. Energy Sources 80
11. Waste and Recycling 50
12. Carbon Reduction 65
13. Water Reduction 33.5

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

90%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/campusservices/sustainability/pdf/2017_Environment_Policy.pdf

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 Exeter 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:

www.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/campusservices/sustainability/201606_Objective_and_Targets_APPROVED_web.pdf

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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 Exeter is working towards targets in the following areas:

Waste management, Transport, Water, Construction and Refurbishment, Emissions and Discharges, Community involvement and Biodiversity

Therefore...

2) University of Exeter scored 40 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

65% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

65%

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 Exeter 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.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/campusservices/sustainability/pdf/2017_Environment_Policy.pdf

1) University of Exeter 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 Exeter has 18480 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 5 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of Exeter - 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.exeter.ac.uk/sustainability/people/keycontacts/

2) University of Exeter scored 20/55% 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 Exeter 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 Exeter 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 Exeter manages and audit their environmental performance and progress. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it!

University of Exeter 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

35% Section 4. Ethical Investment

35%

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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 Exeter scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/financeservices/pdfs/Investment_Policy__Facet_December_2016_coloured.pdf

1b) and  15/60% for including specifics within the policy, including: Students on committee 10 and Public investments 5

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

3) 0/20% 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: (N/A)

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

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Exeter

Investments

£2,124,800
Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £33,200,000
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

£452,491 Research funding from fossil fuel industry, including: Statoil, Rio Tinto, Anglo American

£118,804 Public-funded research into fossil fuel industry.

£5,382,963 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Banking

Barclays £Money in bank
NatWest £Money in bank ATMs on campus Branches on campus
Lloyds £Money in bank
HSBC £Money in bank
Santander £Money in bank ATMs on campus Branches on campus
Close Brothers £Money in bank
Nationwide £Money in bank
Standard Chartered £Money in bank
Coventry Building Society £Money in bank
Leeds Building Society £Money in bank
Credit Suisse £Money in bank
Nordea Bank Finland £Money in bank
Toronto Dominion Bank Ltd £Money in bank
Triple-A Rated Money Market Fund £Money in bank
J.P. Morgan £Money in bank
YourCash ATMs on campus
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding may not include all oils and gas research. Updated data will be available soon.

60% Section 5. Carbon Management

60%How well is University of Exeter 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: www.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/campusservices/sustainability/pdf/Carbon_Management_Plan_2010-2020.pdf

1) University of Exeter 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 Exeter 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: www.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/campusservices/sustainability/Carbon_Management_Plan_-_Projects_Final.xlsx

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

3) University of Exeter scored 25/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste , Water , Travel. business trips, Travel. commute and Travel. student end of term.

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

25% Section 6. Workers Rights

25%Is University of Exeter behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

2) University of Exeter scores 15/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

4) University of Exeter scores 0/20% for improving workers rights in an area of the university supply chain other than electronics

70% Section 7. Sustainable Food

70%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of Exeter?

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1) University of Exeter scores 0/10% for having a publicly available sustainable food policy meeting set standards

If we found one, it should be here: www.exeter.ac.uk/sustainability/sustainablefoodanddrink/ab3

2) University of Exeter scores 35/50% 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 Exeter scores 10/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

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

4c) University of Exeter 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.exeter.ac.uk/sustainability/sustainablefoodanddrink/ab4

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

If they are, you can find out more here: sites.google.com/a/exetercommunitygarden.com/exetercommunitygarden/

40% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

40%

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

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1) University of Exeter scores 20/60% 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, d go green or environment themed week and e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community

  • 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 Exeter scores 10/10% for evidence that the university sustainability policy is included in staff inductions, and if it is, you can see more here: www.exeter.ac.uk/induction/process/

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

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

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

75% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

75%

How well is University of Exeter including sustainability in its education?

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

2a) University of Exeter scores25/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

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

4) University of Exeter 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

80% Section 10. Energy Sources

80%Where does University of Exeter get its energy from?

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

2) University of Exeter scores 35.0/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

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

50% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

50%

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

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1) University of Exeter scores 12.5/50% for recycling 36.68% of its waste.

2) University of Exeter scores 37.5/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

65% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

65%

How well is University of Exeter reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 40.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 25.0/50% for achieving a 25.49% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

33.5% Section 13. Water Reduction

33.5%How responsibly is University of Exeter using water?

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1) 33.5/67% for its use of water per head (staff and students) compared to other universities

2) 0.0/33% for use of grey water (like rain water harvesting)

---Below is the text your uni submitted last year. It might not still be relevant/true/up to date, and is only included here for your convenience. It is your responsibility to edit/remove/update it for an accurate submission this year. Please also delete this note.--- Partnerships for Re-Use Success The University of Exeter has developed a very successful re-use and recycling project, building on the original scheme set up by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1999. The Student Re-Use Project, now in its sixth year, diverts reusable and recyclable items (stationery, kitchen ware, clothing & bedding) collected during the summer term as students move out of their from Halls of Residence, from landfill. In 2011 a unique partnership was set up with a local Devon charity, Hospiscare. The use of Hospiscare’s central warehouse, logistics and network of shops enabled us to further develop the already successful model, to increase the volume and type of items that could be collected from students. Many items are sold in Hospiscare shops and small electrical items are PAT tested for resale at a ‘pop up shop’ during the Free Stuff events. In 2012 Hospiscare raised £3,000 from the re-sale of the University’s donations in their local stores. Other reusable items were then stored and redistributed to students at ‘Free Stuff’ events held throughout the year The partnership has continued into 2013 and the project has gone from strength to strength with two smaller Free Stuff events being held so far: a January an event for new international students and a stationary event in Go Green Week. In the project’s lifetime over 20 tonnes of reusable items have been diverted from landfill benefitting students, staff and the local community and engaging them with re-use and recycling issues. [247 words] www.exeter.ac.uk/sustainability/campaigns/studentre-useproject/ http://www.exeter.ac.uk/sustainability/newsandevents/archive/title_238947_en.html http://www.exeter.ac.uk/sustainability/newsandevents/archive/title_261374_en.html February newsletter- International event 2013 Photo caption: 2012 Re-Use Team

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