University of Sunderland People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 0
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 10
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 30
4. Ethical Investment 0
5. Carbon Management 65
6. Workers Rights 0
7. Sustainable Food 5
8. Staff and Student Engagement 10
9. Education for Sustainable Development 0
10. Energy Sources 0
11. Waste and Recycling 87.5
12. Carbon Reduction 60
13. Water Reduction 33.5

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

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The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

services.sunderland.ac.uk/facilities/sustainability/declarationofcommitment/

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 Sunderland scored: 0 / 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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 University of Sunderland is working towards targets in the following areas:

Sustainable Procurement

Therefore...

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

10% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

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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 Sunderland 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.sunderland.ac.uk/university/ourpeople/executive/

1) University of Sunderland scored 0/20% 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 Sunderland has 9470 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 0 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of Sunderland - we looked for the following info:

  • job title / role
  • contact info
  • specific area of sustainability

If we found that information, here's the link: services.sunderland.ac.uk/facilities/sustainability/

2) University of Sunderland 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) University of Sunderland scored 10/10% 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 Sunderland scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

30% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

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The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well University of Sunderland 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:

 

0% Section 4. Ethical Investment

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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 Sunderland 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) University of Sunderland 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 Sunderland's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Sunderland

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

Barclays £Money in bank ATMs on campus
HSBC £Money in bank
Lloyds £Money in bank
Santander £Money in bank
Handelsbanken £Money in bank
Bank of Scotland £Money in bank
Note: Although their are no current investments in fossil fuel companies, there is no policy in place to prevent future investments.

65% Section 5. Carbon Management

65%How well is University of Sunderland 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: services.sunderland.ac.uk/images/services/hr2015/documents/UoS%20CMP%20Update%202016.pdf

1) University of Sunderland 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, University of Sunderland 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) University of Sunderland scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

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

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

0% Section 6. Workers Rights

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

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

2) University of Sunderland scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

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

5% Section 7. Sustainable Food

5%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of Sunderland?

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1) University of Sunderland 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 Sunderland scores 0/50% 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 Sunderland scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) University of Sunderland scores 5/5% for being certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standards - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate

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

4c) University of Sunderland 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) University of Sunderland 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)

10% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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

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1) University of Sunderland scores 10/60% 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 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) University of Sunderland 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 Sunderland scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

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

0% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

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

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

2a) University of Sunderland scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

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

4) University of Sunderland 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

0% Section 10. Energy Sources

0%Where does University of Sunderland get its energy from?

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

2) University of Sunderland scores 0.0/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

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

87.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

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

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1) University of Sunderland scores 50.0/50% for recycling 85.50% of its waste.

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

60% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

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How well is University of Sunderland 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) 50.0/50% for achieving a 38.81% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

33.5% Section 13. Water Reduction

33.5%How responsibly is University of Sunderland 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)

---Below is the text your uni submitted last year. It might not still be relevant/true/up to date, and is only included here for your convenience. It is your responsibility to edit/remove/update it for an accurate submission this year. Please also delete this note.--- ![Sunderland university logo] In March 2011 the new Waste Management contractor began servicing all aspects of the University. After 12 months worth of research, planning and development the **new contract was more ambitious** and saw a move away from multiple waste contractors servicing the University to a single contractor managing one contract. A joint working approach across services and faculties when developing the tender for the new contract ensured that all waste streams were accounted for and desired service level agreements were included into the tender. This approach enabled the University to improve the data collection of waste produced and removed from site, whilst also allowing for greater control over the Duty of Care Regulations that cover waste produced by the University. The new waste management contract ensures that all waste produced by the University is **diverted away from landfill wherever possible**. All general waste is sent to a Material Recycling Facility where it is passed across a process line where materials that can be recycled but have not been segregated are removed from the waste stream and transferred to a pile for recycling. A **‘closed shop’ exercise** was conducted in May and December 2011 where a selection of University general waste bins were emptied and taken to the Material Recycling Facility and were processed in isolation from any other customers general waste streams. This exercise established that **88% and 82% receptively, of the University’s general waste can be further processed for recycling**. Thus, between twelve and eighteen percent of University waste is destined for final disposal at present.

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