University of Chester People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 90
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 75
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 85
4. Ethical Investment 45
5. Carbon Management 35
6. Workers Rights 15
7. Sustainable Food 65
8. Staff and Student Engagement 65
9. Education for Sustainable Development 100
10. Energy Sources 48.3
11. Waste and Recycling 62.5
12. Carbon Reduction 50
13. Water Reduction 44.5

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

90%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.greenchester.co.uk/sites/default/files/Sustainability%20policy%202016-17%20PRINT.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 Chester 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.greenchester.co.uk/sites/default/files/Sustainability%20Targets%202017-2020.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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 University of Chester 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 Chester scored 40 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

75% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

75%

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 Chester 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.chester.ac.uk/sites/files/chester/Proposed%20Sustainability%20Network%20at%20the%20University%20of%20Chester_0.pdf

1) University of Chester 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 Chester has 9865 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 5 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of Chester - 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.chester.ac.uk/sites/files/chester/Sustainability%20Network%20at%20the%20University%20of%20Chester.pdf

2) University of Chester scored 30/55% 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 Chester scored 10/10% 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 Chester scored 15/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

85% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

85%

The full methodology for this section is here.

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

University of Chester is accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS). It scored 85/100% for the level and coverage of its EMS.

P.S We know this all sounds very technical ... find out more about Environmental Management Systems

45% Section 4. Ethical Investment

45%

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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 Chester scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.chester.ac.uk/sites/files/chester/Policy%20for%20Socially%20responsible%20investment_rotated.pdf

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

2) University of Chester scored 10/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: peopleandplanet.org/fossil-free-declaration

3) 15/20% 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: peopleandplanet.org/fossil-free-declaration

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

Divestment Commitment full
Divested from all fossil fuels

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Chester

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.)

Note: No data received on request about fossil fuel research funding. Data will hopefully be available soon.

35% Section 5. Carbon Management

35%How well is University of Chester 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.chester.ac.uk/sites/files/chester/carbon-management-plan-2015.pdf

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

3) University of Chester scored 5/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Water .

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

15% Section 6. Workers Rights

15%Is University of Chester behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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

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

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

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

65% Section 7. Sustainable Food

65%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of Chester?

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

If we found one, it should be here: www.chester.ac.uk/sites/files/chester/Sustainable_food_action_plan.pdf

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

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

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

4c) University of Chester 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.chester.ac.uk/sites/files/chester/Sustainable_food_action_plan.pdf

5) University of Chester 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)

65% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

65%

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

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1) University of Chester scores 45/60% 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:

a carbon management plan, b sustainability policy and strategy and c student induction

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

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

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

100% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

100%

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

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

2a) University of Chester scores50/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

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

4) University of Chester 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

48.3% Section 10. Energy Sources

48.3%Where does University of Chester get its energy from?

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1) University of Chester scores 0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

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

3) University of Chester scores 13.3/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

62.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

62.5%

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

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1) University of Chester scores 37.5/50% for recycling 61.79% of its waste.

2) University of Chester scores 25.0/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

50% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

50%

How well is University of Chester reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 50.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 0.0/50% for achieving a -64.10% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

44.5% Section 13. Water Reduction

44.5%How responsibly is University of Chester using water?

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1) 33.5/67% 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)

Campus The University of Chester, received an Educate North Award for Environmental Sustainability 2016, for a second year, for its collaborative approach to the Carbon Innovation lab work, monitoring, managing and reporting on the University’s energy management. The team have implemented a number of successful initiatives, including installing LED lighting and Solar Panels to 10 buildings across the Parkgate, campus. The impact of these are being closely monitored and will be presented in the University’s Sustainability report. www.greenchester.co.uk/node/93 The Thornton Transport Innovation Challenge encouraged students to create a cleaner, greener, flexible and more efficient way to travel between Chester and the Thornton Science Park. Two Mechanical Engineering students, were voted the winners. The pair came up with a car share system between staff and students. Run by an app and/or a website, people could either advertise when they were driving to or from Thornton, or when they would like to travel. Curriculum & Cultures The University of Chester has been shortlisted in three categories at the Green Gown Awards. Final year Geography student, Karen Elliot, was nominated for ‘Sustainability Champion’ as a result of her volunteer work with Green Chester, as well as supporting environmental initiatives beyond the University. Alex Lerczak was nominated in the ‘Research and Development Student Category’ for his MSc project ‘Staff and Student perceptions of Sustainability and its integration into University Curricula’ and its subsequent influence on the Responsible Futures curriculum review project. Hospitality and Residential Services were nominated in the ‘Food and Drink’ category for its wide range of sustainability initiatives from food waste, procurement and community work. This is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of these achievements and everyone that has supported the work to get this far. Green Tie Awards Sixteen teams of employees received awards at the University’s Sustainability Unit’s fourth annual Green Tie Awards ceremony, which recognises staff committed to making an impact through the actions they complete in their departments. Four teams and two individuals also received Special Awards for their efforts in engagement and leadership. The awards were presented before the official switch on of the solar panels on both Churchill House and Bridge House. Community Catering Services were awarded Gold at the Green Tie Awards for Community Engagement, They were also finalists in the Food and Drink Category of the Green Gown Awards 2016 for their approach to embedding sustainability in their day-to-day business, with particular recognition supporting local homeless shelters. Along with Health 4 All we delivered the Christmas Live Well Fair, encouraging staff and students as well as the wider community (local schools were invited) to explore how they could live better both in terms of healthy lifestyles and reducing their negative environmental impacts www.greenchester.co.uk/node/84. The Students' Union delivered a successful Want Not Waste Not campaign collecting unwanted items left by students at the end of term. Some of which were donated to the British Heart Foundation, while other items were donated to International students arriving at the start of the new academic year.

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