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).
Bangor University scored: 50 / 50% for an active 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 there isn't a link below then the university may not have had one)
The university could only score 50% if they had set SMART targets in all 8 of these key areas:
Construction & Refurbishment
Emissions & Discharges
Travel and Transport
Bangor University is working towards targets in the following areas:
Waste management, Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water, Construction and Refurbishment, Emissions and Discharges and Biodiversity
Bangor University scored 0 / 50% for an action plan with targets.
75% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability
We looked at how well Bangor University resource their environmental policy.
We looked to see whether there was public evidence that environmental sustainability is included within the portfolio of responsibilities of a member of the university senior management team.
Bangor University scored 15/15% for senior responsibility for sustainability
Bangor University has 8865 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 4 sustainability staff
When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Bangor University - we looked for the following info:
job title / role
specific area of sustainability
Bangor University scored 30/55% for employing contactable sustainability staff
People & Planet are keen to see that university sustainability budgets are not being cut at this crucial time for cutting carbon emissions and equipping students with sustainability education. We looked for evidence that staff were resourced with the finances needed to improve sustainability ..... this was a tricky thing to assess.
Bangor University scored 15/15% for providing a budget for sustainable development
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.
Bangor University scored 15/15% for supporting staff engagement with sustainability.
100% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems
We looked at how well Bangor University manages and audits its environmental performance and progress.
Bangor University is accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS). It scored 100/100% for the level and coverage of its EMS.