Sheffield Hallam 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 35
5. Carbon Management 65
6. Workers Rights 15
7. Sustainable Food 80
8. Staff and Student Engagement 55
9. Education for Sustainable Development 55
10. Energy Sources 24.2
11. Waste and Recycling 50
12. Carbon Reduction 45
13. Water Reduction 78

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/policy-planning-and-reporting

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) Sheffield Hallam 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.shu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/policy-planning-and-reporting

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Waste management, Transport, Water and Construction and Refurbishment

Therefore...

2) Sheffield Hallam 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 Sheffield Hallam 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.shu.ac.uk/university/overview/hallampeople/executive/mark-swales.html

1) Sheffield Hallam 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.

Sheffield Hallam University has 23900 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 4 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Sheffield Hallam 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.shu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/contact-us

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

Sheffield Hallam 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

35% Section 4. Ethical Investment

35%

Want more? The full methodology for this section is here.

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) Sheffield Hallam University scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.shu.ac.uk/~/media/home/about-us/sustainability/files/ethical-investment-policy-march-2017.pdf

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

2) Sheffield Hallam University scored 10/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: www.shu.ac.uk/~/media/home/about-us/sustainability/files/ethical-investment-policy-march-2017.pdf

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: www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/news/sheffield-hallam-continues-to-move-away-from-fossil-fuels

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

Divestment Commitment full
Divested from all fossil fuels

Fossil Free Scorecard: Sheffield Hallam University

Investments

£0
Invested in fossil fuels.
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

£45,888 Research funding from fossil fuel industry, including: Total, BP, Anglo American

£236,508 Public-funded research into fossil fuel industry.

£1,461,316 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

£85,801
received in donations from fossil fuel industry 2009-2014 including BP, Total, Tata.
Honorary degrees awarded to: Lord John Browne, Chief Exectuve of BP (1998-2007)
Board positions given to Fossil Fuel industry: No positions on boards/committees awarded to fossil fuel company executives.

Banking

HSBC £78.0m in bank
Notemachine ATMs on campus
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding may not include all oils and gas research. Updated data will be available soon.
University made public announcement.

65% Section 5. Carbon Management

65%How well is Sheffield Hallam 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.shu.ac.uk/~/media/home/about-us/sustainability/files/carbonmanagementplan200809.pdf

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

3) Sheffield Hallam University scored 15/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste , Water and Travel. business trips.

Sheffield Hallam University  scored 15/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including Waste , Water and Travel. business trips.

15% Section 6. Workers Rights

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

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

2) Sheffield Hallam University scores 15/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

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

80% Section 7. Sustainable Food

80%How sustainable is the food and catering at Sheffield Hallam University?

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

If we found one, it should be here: www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/food-and-drink

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

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

4c) Sheffield Hallam 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): www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/food-and-drink

5) Sheffield Hallam 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.shu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/food-and-drink

55% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

55%

How well is Sheffield Hallam University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) Sheffield Hallam 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:

b sustainability policy and strategy, c student induction 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) Sheffield Hallam 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) Sheffield Hallam University scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

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

55% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

55%

How well is Sheffield Hallam University including sustainability in its education?

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

2a) Sheffield Hallam University scores25/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) Sheffield Hallam University scores 10/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Sheffield Hallam 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

24.2% Section 10. Energy Sources

24.2%Where does Sheffield Hallam University get its energy from?

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

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

3) Sheffield Hallam University scores 6.7/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

50% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

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How does Sheffield Hallam University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) Sheffield Hallam University scores 0.0/50% for recycling 23.69% of its waste.

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

45% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

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How well is Sheffield Hallam 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) 25.0/50% for achieving a 20.62% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

78% Section 13. Water Reduction

78%How responsibly is Sheffield Hallam 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) 11.0/33% for use of grey water (like rain water harvesting)

![Photo: Sheffield Hallam staff hold their certificates](180-hallam-iso14001-certificates.jpg) Sheffield Hallam University prides itself on sustainable values that run through the core of all operations. The 2015/16 year has been both challenging but hugely successful in bringing these values to the forefront of the business. The largest achievement has been the successful transition of the university wide ISO 14001 environmental management system, to the revised 2015 requirements. This involved a thorough overhaul of both the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, and ISO 50001 Energy Management System that runs in conjunction with it. Both systems have now been expanded to incorporate the new requirements which include embedding a life cycle assessment into activities and a greater level of senior management involvement. The university also launched a new Environmental Policy in July 2016. This replaced a previous suite of policy documents to combine all environmental commitments and aspirations into a single stream, based on areas of significance as identified by the management systems. The new policy includes detailed commitments and responsibilities of all stakeholders across the university to ensure continued reduction of environmental impacts from the top of the university, as approved by the Vice-Chancellor. In line with these developments, a university wide communications campaign was launched to increase knowledge and understanding of the work we do as an organisation to reduce our environmental impacts, the 'Working to Reduce our Environmental Impacts' campaign underpins all communications and projects and has helped to reinvigorate our network of 100 Green Champion volunteers, who help to embed sustainable behaviour into operations across the university.

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