London South Bank 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 40
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 5
4. Ethical Investment 10
5. Carbon Management 5
6. Workers Rights 80
7. Sustainable Food 45
8. Staff and Student Engagement 45
9. Education for Sustainable Development 100
10. Energy Sources 35
11. Waste and Recycling 37.5
12. Carbon Reduction 90
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 London South Bank University's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here if we found one:

www.lsbu.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/88621/environmental-ethical-sustainability-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) London South Bank 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.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/initiatives/waste-recycling

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Sustainable Procurement

Therefore...

2) London South Bank University scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

40% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

40%

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 London South Bank 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.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/people-finder/ian-mehrtens

1) London South Bank 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.

London South Bank University has 11825 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 3 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at London South Bank 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.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainabilityteering-group

2) London South Bank University 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) London South Bank 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) London South Bank University scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

5% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

5%

The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well London South Bank 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) London South Bank 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) London South Bank University scored 10/10% 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: 2016: www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/policies-and-reports 2017: ^^ this link is now inaccessible

When looking at our Fossil Free university campaign aims, here's London South Bank University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: London South Bank University

Investments

£79,850
Invested in fossil fuels. Including:
  • £8,314 BP
  • £6,578 Total
  • £6,231 Shell
That’s 10.8% of total endowment fund of £736,000
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

£484,452 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

5% Section 5. Carbon Management

5%How well is London South Bank 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.lsbu.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/17201/carbon-management-programme.pdf

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

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

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

80% Section 6. Workers Rights

80%Is London South Bank University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) London South Bank University scores 25/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) London South Bank University scores 15/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

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

45% Section 7. Sustainable Food

45%How sustainable is the food and catering at London South Bank University?

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

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

4c) London South Bank 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.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/food-water-catering

5) London South Bank 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.lsbu.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/116673/gardening-club-case-study.pdf

45% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

45%

How well is London South Bank University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) London South Bank University scores 25/60% 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, d go green or environment themed week and e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community

  • 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) London South Bank 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: www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/initiatives

3) London South Bank University scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

5) London South Bank University scores 0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

100% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

100%

How well is London South Bank University including sustainability in its education?

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1) London South Bank University scores 20/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) London South Bank University scores50/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) London South Bank University scores 10/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) London South Bank 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

35% Section 10. Energy Sources

35%Where does London South Bank University get its energy from?

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1) London South Bank University scores 0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

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

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

37.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

37.5%

How does London South Bank University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) London South Bank University scores 12.5/50% for recycling 40.17% of its waste.

2) London South Bank University scores 25.0/50% 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 London South Bank 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 43.75% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

33.5% Section 13. Water Reduction

33.5%How responsibly is London South Bank University 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)

London South Bank University (LSBU) is hosting the WHOLE EARTH? photography exhibition to raise awareness of sustainable development issues and give students and tutors an opportunity to express – through suggestions and developments to the curriculum - the kind of world they would like to live in. WHOLE EARTH? provides the evidence that students need to debate their future. The exhibition addresses 20 important sustainability questions that challenge the visitor to support global efforts to develop a resilient, healthy and just society, living within environmental limits Organised by LSBU’s Sustainability team and hosted at LSBU’s Clarence Centre until March 2017 – WHOLE EARTH? aims to deliver a set of key messages using photography to raise awareness among students, university staff and the public of the critical role they play in creating a more sustainable society. WHOLE EARTH? is supported by a partnership between The Hard Rain Project, The NUS and the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges. LSBU is one of only a handful of London universities to host it. LSBU is committed to weaving sustainability into all aspects of university life and is using the framework of ‘The 3Cs’ to drive sustainability change across our organisation; Campus, Community and Curriculum. LSBU is making good progress on reducing energy and water use, promoting recycling, purchasing goods and services with good social and environmental impacts and working with our local stakeholders on sustainability projects. To encourage people to visit and interact with the exhibition, The Sustainability Team is holding a monthly competition whereby people have to take a selfie, tag the LSBU Sustainability Team’s Facebook page and caption the photo with a pledge how they will make the world a more sustainable place – at university or at a change at home, for example. More info at www.lsbu.ac.uk/whole-earth

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