Liverpool John Moores 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 20
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 10
4. Ethical Investment 10
5. Carbon Management 60
6. Workers Rights 25
7. Sustainable Food 25
8. Staff and Student Engagement 55
9. Education for Sustainable Development 30
10. Energy Sources 17.5
11. Waste and Recycling 87.5
12. Carbon Reduction 90
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 Liverpool John Moores University's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here if we found one:

www.ljmu.ac.uk/~/media/sample-sharepoint-libraries/policy-documents/212.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) Liverpool John Moores 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:

www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/about-liverpool-john-moores-university/sustainability/recycling-and-waste-management

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Waste management and Transport

Therefore...

2) Liverpool John Moores University scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

20% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

20%

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 Liverpool John Moores 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.ljmu.ac.uk/~/media/sample-sharepoint-libraries/policy-documents/212.pdf

1) Liverpool John Moores 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.

Liverpool John Moores University has 18235 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 0 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Liverpool John Moores 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: (N/A)

2) Liverpool John Moores 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) Liverpool John Moores 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) Liverpool John Moores University scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

10% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

10%

The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well Liverpool John Moores University 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:

 

10% Section 4. Ethical Investment

10%

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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) Liverpool John Moores University scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.ljmu.ac.uk/~/media/sample-sharepoint-libraries/policy-documents/43.pdf

1b) and  0/60% for including specifics within the policy, including: (N/A)

2) Liverpool John Moores 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 Liverpool John Moores University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: Liverpool John Moores University

Investments

£0
Invested in fossil fuels.
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

£19,320 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Banking

Barclays £44.7m in bank
Note: Although their are no current investments in fossil fuel companies, there is no policy in place to prevent future investments.

60% Section 5. Carbon Management

60%How well is Liverpool John Moores 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.ljmu.ac.uk/~/media/sample-sharepoint-libraries/policy-documents/262.pdf

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

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

Liverpool John Moores University  scored 0/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including Waste , Water , Travel. business trips and Travel. commute.

25% Section 6. Workers Rights

25%Is Liverpool John Moores University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) Liverpool John Moores University scores 25/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) Liverpool John Moores University scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

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

25% Section 7. Sustainable Food

25%How sustainable is the food and catering at Liverpool John Moores University?

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

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

4c) Liverpool John Moores 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): www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/about-liverpool-john-moores-university/sustainability/water

5) Liverpool John Moores University 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)

55% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

55%

How well is Liverpool John Moores University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) Liverpool John Moores University 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, e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community and g university has set strategy and targets for student and staff engagement

  • 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) Liverpool John Moores 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: (N/A)

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

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

5) Liverpool John Moores University scores 0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

30% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

30%

How well is Liverpool John Moores University including sustainability in its education?

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1) Liverpool John Moores University scores 20/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) Liverpool John Moores University scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) Liverpool John Moores University scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Liverpool John Moores 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) 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 Liverpool John Moores University get its energy from?

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1) Liverpool John Moores University scores 0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

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

3) Liverpool John Moores University 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 Liverpool John Moores University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) Liverpool John Moores University scores 50.0/50% for recycling 76.49% of its waste.

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

90% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

90%

How well is Liverpool John Moores University reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 40.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 50.0/50% for achieving a 38.45% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

67% Section 13. Water Reduction

67%How responsibly is Liverpool John Moores 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)

Best Paper award at World Symposium The Faculty of Education, Health and Community’s Diane Boyd and Nicky Hirst have been awarded Best Paper at the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2016) held in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. Their section of the research paper was A transnational study of ECEfS within early years curriculum frameworks. The paper is part of Diane’s and Nicky’s ongoing work with the Transnational Dialogue team around Education for Sustainable Development, which includes the Eco-Schools initiative. This encourages children and young people to engage in their environment by giving them the opportunity to actively protect it. Following on from the conference, the academics have been invited to join the Inter-University Sustainability Development Research Programme (IUSDRP0) and the collaborative paper has been accepted for publication in the Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research. This publication will be part of the award-winning World Sustainability Series, published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers and the handbook will be fully peer-reviewed. Diane Boyd commented: "It is great to receive international recognition from high calibre researchers and colleagues in the field of education for sustainability demonstrating that the small patches of green related to early childhood education are growing." Nicky Hirst added: "The award is being shared with students to celebrate the value of research within the area of EfS. This recognition helps them to make sense of the links to their degree, theory and practice."

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