Leeds Beckett 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 45
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 5
6. Workers Rights 0
7. Sustainable Food 35
8. Staff and Student Engagement 10
9. Education for Sustainable Development 0
10. Energy Sources 82.5
11. Waste and Recycling 37.5
12. Carbon Reduction 67.5
13. Water Reduction 61.3

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/student-hub/sustainability/161215sustainabilitypolicysigned.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) Leeds Beckett 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:

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Waste management, Transport, Water and Biodiversity

Therefore...

2) Leeds Beckett University scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

45% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

45%

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 Leeds Beckett 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: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staffsite/-/media/files/staff-site/human-resources/about/about/nn_executive_group_structures.pdf

1) Leeds Beckett 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.

Leeds Beckett University has 19306 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 1 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Leeds Beckett 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: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/mark-warner/

2) Leeds Beckett University 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) Leeds Beckett 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) Leeds Beckett 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 Leeds Beckett University manages and audit their environmental performance and progress. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it!

Leeds Beckett 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) Leeds Beckett 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) Leeds Beckett 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 Leeds Beckett University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: Leeds Beckett 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.)

Banking

Lloyds £51.5m in bank
Yorksire Bank ATMs on campus
Cardtronics ATMs on campus
Note: Although their are no current investments in fossil fuel companies, there is no policy in place to prevent future investments.

5% Section 5. Carbon Management

5%How well is Leeds Beckett 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: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/about/sustainability/170109-11447-carbonmanagestrategy-4-lores.pdf

1) Leeds Beckett 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, Leeds Beckett University reported emissions from: waste, business travel , staff commute, student commute 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) Leeds Beckett University scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

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

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

0% Section 6. Workers Rights

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

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

2) Leeds Beckett University scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

4) Leeds Beckett University 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 Leeds Beckett University?

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

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

4c) Leeds Beckett University 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): (N/A)

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

If they are, you can find out more here: www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/groups/student-led-allotment

10% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

10%

How well is Leeds Beckett University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) Leeds Beckett University scores 0/60% 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:

(N/A)

  • 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) Leeds Beckett University 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) Leeds Beckett University scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

5) Leeds Beckett University scores 0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

0% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

0%

How well is Leeds Beckett University including sustainability in its education?

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1) Leeds Beckett University scores 0/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) Leeds Beckett University scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) Leeds Beckett University scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Leeds Beckett University 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) 0/10% for supporting or highlighting School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainability, including the pedgagogy of sustainability

82.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

82.5%Where does Leeds Beckett University get its energy from?

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

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

3) Leeds Beckett University scores 20.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

37.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

37.5%

How does Leeds Beckett University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) Leeds Beckett University scores 25.0/50% for recycling 51.53% of its waste.

2) Leeds Beckett University scores 12.5/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

67.5% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

67.5%

How well is Leeds Beckett University 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) 37.5/50% for achieving a 34.57% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

61.3% Section 13. Water Reduction

61.3%How responsibly is Leeds Beckett University using water?

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1) 50.3/67% 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)

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