University of Derby People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 55
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 20
5. Carbon Management 70
6. Workers Rights 15
7. Sustainable Food 40
8. Staff and Student Engagement 25
9. Education for Sustainable Development 70
10. Energy Sources 17.5
11. Waste and Recycling 87.5
12. Carbon Reduction 10
13. Water Reduction 33.5

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.derby.ac.uk/media/derbyacuk/contentassets/images/community/Environmental-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) University of Derby 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.derby.ac.uk/media/derbyacuk/contentassets/documents/environmentalservices/carbonmanagement/CMP3-2015.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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 Derby is working towards targets in the following areas:

Waste management, Transport and Water

Therefore...

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

55% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

55%

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 Derby 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.derby.ac.uk/about/environment/people/

1) University of Derby 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 Derby has 11515 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 5 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of Derby - 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.derby.ac.uk/about/environment/people/

2) University of Derby scored 20/55% 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 Derby 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 Derby 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 University of Derby manages and audit their environmental performance and progress. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it!

University of Derby 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

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 Derby scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.derby.ac.uk/about/environment/policies/

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

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

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Derby

Investments

£1,579,677
Invested in fossil fuels. Including:
  • £414,469 Shell
  • £225,222 BP
  • £185,604 BG Group
That’s 10.2% of total endowment fund of £15,500,000
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

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

(No research funding into renewables industry since 2001.)

Note: Although their are no current investments in fossil fuel companies, there is no policy in place to prevent future investments.

70% Section 5. Carbon Management

70%How well is University of Derby 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.derby.ac.uk/media/derbyacuk/contentassets/documents/environmentalservices/carbonmanagement/CMP3-2015.pdf

1) University of Derby 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 Derby reported emissions from: (N/A) 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 Derby scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

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

University of Derby  scored 20/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including Waste , Water , Procurement and Travel. business trips.

15% Section 6. Workers Rights

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

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

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

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

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

40% Section 7. Sustainable Food

40%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of Derby?

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

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

4c) University of Derby 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.derby.ac.uk/about/.../operationalactivitiesguidance/

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

If they are, you can find out more here: www.derby.ac.uk/about/community/fund/casestudies/casestudies14-15/friendsmarkeatonpark/#/media/derbyacuk/contentassets/images/community/fomp/FoMP-1-copy-516x291.jpg

25% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

25%

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

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1) University of Derby 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:

a carbon management plan, b sustainability policy and strategy and d go green or environment themed week

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

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

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

70% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

70%

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

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

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

2b)

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

4) University of Derby 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

17.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

17.5%Where does University of Derby get its energy from?

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

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

3) University of Derby scores 0.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

87.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

87.5%

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

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1) University of Derby scores 50.0/50% for recycling 89.82% of its waste.

2) University of Derby scores 37.5/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

10% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

10%

How well is University of Derby reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 10.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 0.0/50% for achieving a -17.40% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

33.5% Section 13. Water Reduction

33.5%How responsibly is University of Derby 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) 0.0/33% for use of grey water (like rain water harvesting)

This is an exciting and busy year at the University of Derby working with the Student Union. The new web pages covering all aspects of environmental work at the University including information from Estates, events and research have been created. We are working on our new Environmental Management System to improve our environmental performance. In the summer we had a Bumble Bee Conference which highlighted the plight of bumble bees nationally with options for how we could help locally. We also celebrated the natural world with our two day Nature Connections Festival. It combines nature with art, history, health, wellbeing and science. Hosted by TV presenter, famed naturalist and photographer, Chris Packham, with live music, films, arts and crafts, workshops, competitions and nature talks to inspire you to get closer to the nature that is all around us. We have a student growing area at Markeaton Street that has been operational for 3 months. It is a joint project between the Chaplaincy and UDSU to engage students with growing food and produce that isn’t taken home from the site goes to the multi faith centre food bank. The SU also ran some Community Impact training sessions and the 25 Students who attended made pledges to include sustainability actions within their club or society. Sustainability is now a requirement in all UDSU training. As part of their efforts the UDSU gained silver in Green Impact this year and are now set to aim for gold.

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