University of Sussex People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 90
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 45
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 20
4. Ethical Investment 20
5. Carbon Management 55
6. Workers Rights 30
7. Sustainable Food 45
8. Staff and Student Engagement 35
9. Education for Sustainable Development 30
10. Energy Sources 82.5
11. Waste and Recycling 25
12. Carbon Reduction 65
13. Water Reduction 11

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

90%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.sussex.ac.uk/webteam/gateway/file.php

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 Sussex 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.sussex.ac.uk/webteam/gateway/file.php

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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 Sussex 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 Sussex scored 40 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

45% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

45%

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 Sussex 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.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/247066

1) University of Sussex 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 Sussex has 12910 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 1 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of Sussex - 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.sussex.ac.uk/sef/services/sustainability

2) University of Sussex scored 10/55% 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 Sussex 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 Sussex scored 15/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

20% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

20%

The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well University of Sussex 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:

 

20% 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 Sussex scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.sussex.ac.uk/webteam/gateway/file.php

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

2) University of Sussex scored 10/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: www.sussex.ac.uk/internal/bulletin/staff/2015-2016/150416/socially-responsible-investment-policy

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 Sussex's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment full
Divested from all fossil fuels

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Sussex

Investments

£118,253
Invested in fossil fuels. Including:
  • £30,233 Shell
  • £14,908 BP
  • £10,443 Rio Tinto
That’s 1.3% of total endowment fund of £9,446,000
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

£3,692,096 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

£5,000
received in donations from fossil fuel industry 2009-2014 including Exxon Mobil.

Banking

Barclays £Money in bank ATMs on campus Branches on campus
Lloyds £Money in bank
DC Payments ATMs on campus
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding does not include all oils and gas research. Data will be available soon.

55% Section 5. Carbon Management

55%How well is University of Sussex 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.sussex.ac.uk/webteam/gateway/file.php

1) University of Sussex 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 Sussex 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 Sussex scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) University of Sussex scored 15/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Procurement, Travel. business trips and Travel. commute.

University of Sussex  scored 10/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including Procurement and Travel. business trips.

30% Section 6. Workers Rights

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

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

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

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

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

45% Section 7. Sustainable Food

45%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of Sussex?

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

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

4c) University of Sussex 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.sussex.ac.uk/hso/emergencies/firstaid/drinkingwater

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

If they are, you can find out more here: www.sussexstudent.com/organisation/roots/

35% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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

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1) University of Sussex scores 15/60% 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:

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

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

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

30% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

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

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

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

2b)

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

4) University of Sussex 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

82.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

82.5%Where does University of Sussex get its energy from?

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

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

3) University of Sussex scores 20.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

25% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

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

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1) University of Sussex scores 0.0/50% for recycling 22.49% of its waste.

2) University of Sussex scores 25.0/50% 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 Sussex 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 19.03% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

11% Section 13. Water Reduction

11%How responsibly is University of Sussex 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)

The University of Sussex has continued to reduce its calculated CO2 emissions, reported for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme - by over 1,900 tCO2 against 2014-15. It represents an 8.9% reduction on last year’s reported figure and is in spite of an increasing student populous and major campus refurbishment works. The University will be progressing with ‘big ticket’ projects over the next few months, to ensure continued improvement across campus to increase the scale of data collection from sub meters on campus, which will enable clearer information about energy consumption at a building and service level. Data is already being collected on a 30 minutes basis which was previously being manually read monthly. The University is also committed to improving environmental activity and awareness through its continued involvement within the Green Impact Scheme (following a successful initial first year) and supporting a newly formed Environmental Forum (which has a cross section of student and staff with involvement and interest in the local and wider environment), which started in October 2016 and has direct links into the University’s Environmental Committee meetings

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