University of Leicester People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 40
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 55
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 40
4. Ethical Investment 10
5. Carbon Management 35
6. Workers Rights 30
7. Sustainable Food 30
8. Staff and Student Engagement 55
9. Education for Sustainable Development 100
10. Energy Sources 86.7
11. Waste and Recycling 62.5
12. Carbon Reduction 55
13. Water Reduction 27.8

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

40%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

(N/A)

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 Leicester scored: 0 / 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:

www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/Strategy/documents-and-images/SustainabilityDeliveryPlan.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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 Leicester is working towards targets in the following areas:

Waste management, Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water, Construction and Refurbishment, Community involvement and Biodiversity

Therefore...

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

55% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

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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 Leicester 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: le.ac.uk/about/governance-management/vc-office/provost-pvcs

1) University of Leicester scored 0/20% 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 Leicester has 12445 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 7 sustainability staff

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

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

If we found that information, here's the link: www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/Strategy/team

2) University of Leicester scored 30/55% 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 Leicester 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 Leicester scored 15/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

40% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

40%

The full methodology for this section is here.

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

is not accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS) so we scored it according to it's own management systems as described on their website (or not). We looked for regular auditing in 8 key areas. The audits needed to have established a baseline (i.e. measured where progress was at in that moment in time), and to have been undertaken or updated in the last 5 years.

scored /40% for auditing in the following areas:

 

10% Section 4. Ethical Investment

10%

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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 Leicester scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www2.le.ac.uk/offices/finance/staff/regulations/appendices/appendix-c-treasury-management-policy

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

2) University of Leicester scored 0/10% 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 Leicester's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Leicester

Investments

£835,968
Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £13,062,000
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

£268,533 Research funding from fossil fuel industry, including: BP, Rio Tinto, Statoil

£153,073 Public-funded research into fossil fuel industry.

£2,018,749 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

£20,000
received in donations from fossil fuel industry 2009-2014 including Tullow Oil.

Banking

Santander £15.0m in bank ATMs on campus Branches on campus
Barclays £20.0m in bank
HSBC £20.0m in bank
Lloyds Banking Group £20.0m in bank
Royal Bank of Scotland Group £10.0m in bank
Coventry Building Society £5.0m in bank
Nationwide Building Society £5.0m in bank
Federated Prime Rate Capital Management £7.0m in bank
Notemachine x2 ATMs on campus
YourCash ATMs on campus
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding may not include all oils and gas research. Updated data will be available soon.

35% Section 5. Carbon Management

35%How well is University of Leicester 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: www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/energy

1) University of Leicester 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) 0/5% for including scope 3 emissions within the university Carbon Management Plan.

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

In the most recent year, University of Leicester reported emissions from: waste and supply chain 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 Leicester scored 5/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) University of Leicester scored 0/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: (N/A).

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

30% Section 6. Workers Rights

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

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

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

3) University of Leicester scores 30/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

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

30% Section 7. Sustainable Food

30%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of Leicester?

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

If we found one, it should be here: www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/Strategy/documents-and-images/sustainable-food-policy/view

2) University of Leicester scores 0/50% 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 Leicester scores 10/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) University of Leicester 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 Leicester scores 0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) University of Leicester scores 0/5% 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): www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/student-opportunities/apples

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

If they are, you can find out more here: www.leicesterunion.com/hungry-for-change

55% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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

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1) University of Leicester scores 45/60% 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:

d go green or environment themed week, e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community, f providing resources or funding for student or staff led sustainability projects 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 Leicester 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 Leicester scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

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

100% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

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

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

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

2b)

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

4) University of Leicester 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

86.7% Section 10. Energy Sources

86.7%Where does University of Leicester get its energy from?

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

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

3) University of Leicester scores 6.7/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

62.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

62.5%

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

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1) University of Leicester scores 37.5/50% for recycling 69.26% of its waste.

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

55% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

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How well is University of Leicester 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) 25.0/50% for achieving a 22.00% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

27.8% Section 13. Water Reduction

27.8%How responsibly is University of Leicester using water?

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1) 16.8/67% 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)

In 2015/16 900 University of Leicester students overwhelmingly called for more opportunities and education on sustainability via the NUS Sustainability Skills survey. The large majority of students told us that everyone should have some knowledge of sustainable development. Students also reported needing sustainability literacy to become more desirable candidates for future employers. www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/news/2016-news/students-are-calling-for-more-on-sustainability The University is working hard to meet this demand and embed sustainability into University core business and student experience: 1. A sustainability competency has been introduced in the Transferable Skills Framework to ensure our taught courses help to develop student sustainable skills 2. A Sustainable Futures credit-bearing course is available to students across Science & Engineering and is being rolled out further www2.le.ac.uk/departments/interdisciplinary-science/sustainability/sustainable-futures-oers/sustainable-futures-front-page 3. The Sustainable Futures Online course had 182 participants in 2015/16 www2.le.ac.uk/departments/interdisciplinary-science/sustainability/sustainable-futures-short-courses 4. Sustainable Development Programme / Leicester Award is an extra-curricular activity that teaches about sustainability issues and how to recognise and solve sustainability challenges www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/student-opportunities 5. Student Sustainability Working Group is chaired by the Student Engagement Sabbatical Officer allows students to affect change within the organisation www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/student-opportunities/volunteering-1/student-sustainability-working-group-1 6. SEED Projects provides funding for student sustainability projects. www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/student-opportunities/projects-and-dissertations-1/the-seed-fund All our initiatives are HEAR accredited and contribute positively to student experience as well as providing them with skills that transfer into work-ready employable, sustainably-aware graduates. From 2017/18 students will also be able to participate in: 1. A Sustainability MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) 2. Sustainable year abroad (Initially available to students from Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences & Geography and planned to be rolled out to include any degree) 3. A Sustainability Minor pathway 4. Projects for Purpose – based on the NUS Dissertations for Good database, this project will develop a Leicester specific database matching local organisations’ project requirements with students who want to do real world dissertations or voluntary projects.

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