Anglia Ruskin University People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 35
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 10
6. Workers Rights 50
7. Sustainable Food 55
8. Staff and Student Engagement 40
9. Education for Sustainable Development 100
10. Energy Sources 69.2
11. Waste and Recycling 62.5
12. Carbon Reduction 20
13. Water Reduction 67

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

web.anglia.ac.uk/estates/downloads/environment/management/enrinonmental_policy.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) Anglia Ruskin University 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:

web.anglia.ac.uk/estates/downloads/environment/strategy/Waste%20Action%20Plan%20September%202014.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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 Anglia Ruskin University is working towards targets in the following areas:

Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Construction and Refurbishment and Community involvement

Therefore...

2) Anglia Ruskin University scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

35% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

35%

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 Anglia Ruskin University 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: web.anglia.ac.uk/estates/downloads/environment/ISO14001/EM22-02%20Responsibilities%20Matrix.pdf

1) Anglia Ruskin University 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.

Anglia Ruskin University has 15605 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 0 sustainability staff

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

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

If we found that information, here's the link: web.anglia.ac.uk/estates/downloads/environment/ISO14001/EM22-02%20Responsibilities%20Matrix.pdf

2) Anglia Ruskin University scored 0/55% 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) Anglia Ruskin University 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) Anglia Ruskin University scored 15/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

100% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

100%

The full methodology for this section is here.

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

Anglia Ruskin University 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

0% Section 4. Ethical Investment

0%

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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) Anglia Ruskin University 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) Anglia Ruskin University 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 Anglia Ruskin University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment full
Divested from all fossil fuels

Fossil Free Scorecard: Anglia Ruskin University

Investments

£0
Invested in fossil fuels.
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

(No research funding into renewables industry since 2001.)

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

Honorary degrees awarded to: No honorary degrees awarded.
Board positions given to Fossil Fuel industry: No positions on boards/committees awarded to fossil fuel company executives.

Banking

Barclays £Money in bank
Signed Fossil Free Declaration 9/3/18 Note: Although their are no current investments in fossil fuel companies, there is no policy in place to prevent future investments.

10% Section 5. Carbon Management

10%How well is Anglia Ruskin University 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: web.anglia.ac.uk/estates/downloads/environment/management/carbon_energy_plan.pdf

1) Anglia Ruskin University scored 0/25% 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, Anglia Ruskin University 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) Anglia Ruskin University scored 5/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

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

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

50% Section 6. Workers Rights

50%Is Anglia Ruskin University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) Anglia Ruskin University scores 25/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) Anglia Ruskin University scores 15/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

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

55% Section 7. Sustainable Food

55%How sustainable is the food and catering at Anglia Ruskin University?

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

If we found one, it should be here: web.anglia.ac.uk/estates/downloads/Sustainable%20Food%20Policy.pdf

2) Anglia Ruskin University scores 35/50% 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) Anglia Ruskin University scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) Anglia Ruskin University scores 0/5% for being certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standards - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate

4b) Anglia Ruskin University scores 5/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) Anglia Ruskin University 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): (N/A)

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

If they are, you can find out more here: web.anglia.ac.uk/estates/environment/getinvolved/campusallotments.php

40% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

40%

How well is Anglia Ruskin University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) Anglia Ruskin University scores 20/60% 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 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) Anglia Ruskin University 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.google.co.uk/url

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

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

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

100% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

100%

How well is Anglia Ruskin University including sustainability in its education?

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

2a) Anglia Ruskin University scores50/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) Anglia Ruskin University scores 10/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Anglia Ruskin University 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

69.2% Section 10. Energy Sources

69.2%Where does Anglia Ruskin University get its energy from?

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

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

3) Anglia Ruskin University 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 Anglia Ruskin University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) Anglia Ruskin University scores 12.5/50% for recycling 35.58% of its waste.

2) Anglia Ruskin University scores 50.0/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

20% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

20%

How well is Anglia Ruskin University reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 20.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 0.0/50% for achieving a -0.10% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

67% Section 13. Water Reduction

67%How responsibly is Anglia Ruskin University using water?

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1) 67.0/67% 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.--- GoGreen Pilot '12 is a project co-funded by the Higher Education Academy and led by Anglia Ruskin University in collaboration with NUS and the University of Bristol. The focus of this pilot is the application of the NUS 'Green Impact' workbook for improving environmental practices. We recognise the responsibility of higher education institutions concerning the development of practical and innovative strategies to promote education for sustainable development in passionate, creative and critical ways. GoGreen Pilot’12 aims at providing opportunities of education for sustainable development to students, organisations and practitioners interested in enhancing their knowledge and practices on environmental management. In particular, this pilot’s objectives concern the development of action-learning opportunities for 12 students supporting processes of environmental practices in 12 organisations of the third sector in the East of England. The focus of the project is the application of the Green Impact, a pro-environmental behaviour change programme coordinated by the NUS, operating in students’ unions, universities and colleges. Green Impact empowers sustainability champions, providing them with a framework of practical actions whilst playing in the competitive aspect of teams made of staff members. The students will be supporting the organisations in the process of applying the Green Impact while doing their dissertation or final project, thus gaining critical and reflective skills and obtaining valuable work experience in the green jobs sector. At the same time, the organisations participating in this pilot will enhance their environmental credentials and will gain potential benefits in energy saving and embedding sustainable practices.

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