University of Southampton People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 20
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 5
5. Carbon Management 25
6. Workers Rights 10
7. Sustainable Food 0
8. Staff and Student Engagement 5
9. Education for Sustainable Development 30
10. Energy Sources 45
11. Waste and Recycling 50
12. Carbon Reduction 42.5
13. Water Reduction 16.8

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.southampton.ac.uk/susdev/index.page

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 Southampton 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.southampton.ac.uk/susdev/our-approach/waste-recycling-a-z.page

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Transport, Water and Construction and Refurbishment

Therefore...

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

20% 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 Southampton 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.southampton.ac.uk/about/our-people/vice-chancellor.page

1) University of Southampton 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 Southampton has 21300 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 5 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of Southampton - 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.southampton.ac.uk/susdev/contact-us.page

2) University of Southampton 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 Southampton scored 0/10% 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 Southampton scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

100% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

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The full methodology for this section is here.

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

University of Southampton 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

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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 Southampton 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 Southampton 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: isoton.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/university-appoints-new-fund-manager-for-its-endowment-investments/

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

Divestment Commitment partial
Divested from coal and tar sands but not other Fossil Fuels.

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Southampton

Investments

£717,680
Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £11,213,748
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

£3,204,589 Research funding from fossil fuel industry, including: Shell

(No research funding into renewables industry since 2001.)

Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding does not include all coal, oils and gas research. Data will be available soon.

25% Section 5. Carbon Management

25%How well is University of Southampton 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.southampton.ac.uk/susdev/our-approach/carbon/carbon-management-plan.page

1) University of Southampton 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) 0/5% for reporting the university's scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

In the most recent year, University of Southampton reported emissions from: Not applicable 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 Southampton scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

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

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

10% Section 6. Workers Rights

10%Is University of Southampton behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

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

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

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

0% Section 7. Sustainable Food

0%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of Southampton?

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

If we found one, it should be here: (N/A)

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

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

4c) University of Southampton 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): (N/A)

5) University of Southampton scores 0/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

If they are, you can find out more here: (N/A)

5% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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

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1) University of Southampton scores 5/60% 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:

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 Southampton 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 Southampton scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

5) University of Southampton scores 0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

30% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

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

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1) University of Southampton scores 10/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) University of Southampton scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) University of Southampton scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) University of Southampton 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

45% Section 10. Energy Sources

45%Where does University of Southampton get its energy from?

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

2) University of Southampton scores 0/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

3) University of Southampton scores 0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

50% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

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

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1) University of Southampton scores 25.0/50% for recycling 54.67% of its waste.

2) University of Southampton 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 Southampton 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 1.08% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

16.8% Section 13. Water Reduction

16.8%How responsibly is University of Southampton 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) 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.--- Blackout 2012 "For the past six years we have completed a waste audit at the University of Southampton, and we’ve always been impressed with the number of our students who are prepared to give up their Wednesday afternoon to sort through rubbish! So, what could be simpler than applying this to our energy usage?" This simple, unguarded comment led a small team of staff and students at Southampton to organise the Southampton Blackout – a major logistical exercise, designed to blackout our entire Highfield campus. On Friday 27 April, 250 of our staff and students gave up their evening to take part in the exercise, switching off all office equipment that had unnecessarily been left on before the weekend. We believe this was the biggest event of its kind in the higher education sector. The headline results We compared energy usage on the Highfield campus over the weekend of 28-29th April (after the Blackout) with the average of four comparable weekends: •We found that energy usage after the Blackout was 6% lower than the comparable weekends. •The 6% reduction over the weekend saved 7 tonnes of carbon and 16,000 kWh of energy – enough to power 5 family homes for a year. •In financial terms, the reduction saved more than £1,600 – that’s the equivalent of more than £84,000 over the course of a year. For more results gathered from the event, take a look at the Blackout Infographic. On 27th July 2012 the Southampton Blackout Team were awarded a Vice Chancellor award for the initiative. What does this mean? We didn’t power-down entire buildings, or any major pieces of equipment, during the blackout – our volunteers were simply turning off PCs, monitors and lights that had been left on before the weekend. The results are encouraging – they suggest that the majority of our staff are already in the habit of ensuring the things are switched off at the end of the day. However there is more to be done and we will strive to continue to demonstrate to our staff that just a few simple, individual acts can have a major impact on our carbon footprint. What’s next? We are planning Southampton Blackout 2013 for the evening of 26th April. It will be bigger and better than last year, with Avenue and WSA campuses included. We successfully completed a pilot Blackout on the evening of 21st February which will inform our plans for this year’s event. You will see and hear much more about Blackout 2013 in the coming months.

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