University of York People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 25
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 30
4. Ethical Investment 20
5. Carbon Management 55
6. Workers Rights 0
7. Sustainable Food 35
8. Staff and Student Engagement 55
9. Education for Sustainable Development 30
10. Energy Sources 80
11. Waste and Recycling 62.5
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 York's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here if we found one:

www.york.ac.uk/media/abouttheuniversity/governanceandmanagement/documents/Sustainability_Strategy_final_Oct%202012%20forweb.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 York 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:

(N/A)

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Transport, Sustainable Procurement and Construction and Refurbishment

Therefore...

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

25% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

25%

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 York 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.york.ac.uk/about/organisation/management/meeting-the-board/

1) University of York 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 York has 13540 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 2 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of York - 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.york.ac.uk/about/sustainability/policy/

2) University of York 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 York 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 York scored 15/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

30% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

30%

The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well University of York 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

20%

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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 York scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.york.ac.uk/staff/finance/policies/ethical-investment/

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

2) University of York 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 York's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of York

Investments

£4,200,000
Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 640.0% of total endowment fund of £656,256
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

? The university has not disclosed how much research funding goes into fossil fuels.

£799,442 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Banking

Lloyds £18.0m in bank
HSBC £2.8m in bank ATMs on campus
Yorkshire Bank £5.0m in bank
Royal Bank of Scotland £5.0m in bank
Santander £5.0m in bank ATMs on campus Branches on campus
Nationwide Building Society £0.0 in bank
Barclays ATMs on campus

55% Section 5. Carbon Management

55%How well is University of York 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.york.ac.uk/media/abouttheuniversity/governanceandmanagement/documents/University%20of%20York%20Carbon%20Mgt%20Plan.pdf

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

In the most recent year, University of York reported emissions from: waste, business travel 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 York scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) University of York scored 20/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste , Water , Travel. business trips and Travel. commute.

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

0% Section 6. Workers Rights

0%Is University of York behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

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

3) University of York scores 0/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

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

35% Section 7. Sustainable Food

35%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of York?

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

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

4c) University of York 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): www.york.ac.uk/about/sustainability/procurement/

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

If they are, you can find out more here: www.york.ac.uk/students/campus-city/sustainable-york/get-growing/edible-uni/

55% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

55%

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

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1) University of York scores 25/60% 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, c student induction, d go green or environment themed week, e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community and f providing resources or funding for student or staff led sustainability projects

  • 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 York 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.york.ac.uk/admin/hr/new-starters/induction/new-staff/orientation/

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

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

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

30% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

30%

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

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

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

2b)

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

4) University of York scores 0/10% 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 York get its energy from?

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

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

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

62.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

62.5%

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

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1) University of York scores 37.5/50% for recycling 57.65% of its waste.

2) University of York 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 York 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 5.65% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

16.8% Section 13. Water Reduction

16.8%How responsibly is University of York 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.--- ## Carbon Emissions Reduction The University of York is **committed to sustainability** and we have placed this at the heart of our university’s plan for the decade. As part of this our Carbon Management Plan is finding new ways of reducing our carbon footprint. One of our biggest achievements this year is that we have been successful in gaining approval for two major projects which will be carried out this year and result in the most significant carbon savings we will have achieved so far: the installation of two 1.5 MW Combined Heat and Power plants and one 850 kW biomass plant. As a result of this our **carbon emissions will be reduced by almost 7,400 tonnes per year** which is almost 30% of our current annual emissions. Both initiatives will exceed our carbon reduction targets which were set in line with HEFCE requirements. We have also been very successful working with our students and staff, enabling them to change their behaviour. The **“Student Switch Off”** campaign is running in our Colleges, channelling the students’ competitive spirit to see who can save the most electricity and win awards and prizes and this has resulted in a significant reduction in electricity consumption. Amongst our staff we are running the **Green Impact** programme with teams in departments achieving improvements in their environmental performance.

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