University of The West of England, Bristol People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 100
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 100
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 20
5. Carbon Management 60
6. Workers Rights 10
7. Sustainable Food 80
8. Staff and Student Engagement 75
9. Education for Sustainable Development 100
10. Energy Sources 17.5
11. Waste and Recycling 62.5
12. Carbon Reduction 40
13. Water Reduction 16.8

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

100%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

We looked at University of The West of England, Bristol's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here if we found one:

www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/Marketing/about-us/pdf/Sustainability%20documents/Environmental-Policy-2015.docx

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 The West of England, Bristol 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:

www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/Marketing/about-us/pdf/Sustainability%20documents/UWE-Bristol-Sustainability-Plan-2013-2020.pdf

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Waste management, Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water, Construction and Refurbishment, Emissions and Discharges, Community involvement and Biodiversity

Therefore...

2) University of The West of England, Bristol scored 50 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

100% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

100%

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 The West of England, Bristol 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: www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/corporateinformation/structureandgovernance/seniormanagers.aspx

1) University of The West of England, Bristol 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.

University of The West of England, Bristol has 20145 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 13 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of The West of England, Bristol - we looked for the following info:

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

If we found that information, here's the link: www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/corporateinformation/sustainability/sustainabilitycontacts.aspx

2) University of The West of England, Bristol scored 55/55% 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 The West of England, Bristol 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 The West of England, Bristol 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 University of The West of England, Bristol manages and audit their environmental performance and progress. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it!

University of The West of England, Bristol 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

20% Section 4. Ethical Investment

20%

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) University of The West of England, Bristol scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/Marketing/about-us/pdf/Sustainability%20documents/Ethical-Investment-Policy.pdf

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

2) University of The West of England, Bristol 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: (N/A)

When looking at our Fossil Free university campaign aims, here's University of The West of England, Bristol's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of The West of England, Bristol

Investments

£0
Invested in fossil fuels.
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

£372,626 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Banking

Nat West £Money in bank
Lloyds £Money in bank
Barclays £Money in bank
Santander £Money in bank
Clydesdale £Money in bank
Handelsbanken £Money in bank
Coventry Building Society £Money in bank
Nationwide £Money in bank
NatWest ATMs on campus Branches on campus
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding does not include all oils and gas research. Data will be available soon.
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 University of The West of England, Bristol 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: www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/corporateinformation/sustainability/sustainabilityservices/carbonmanagement.aspx

1) University of The West of England, Bristol 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 The West of England, Bristol reported emissions from: waste, 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 The West of England, Bristol scored 5/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) University of The West of England, Bristol scored 20/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste , Water , Procurement and Travel. commute.

University of The West of England, Bristol  scored 0/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including (N/A).

10% Section 6. Workers Rights

10%Is University of The West of England, Bristol behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 0/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

3) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 10/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

4) University of The West of England, Bristol 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 University of The West of England, Bristol?

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1) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 10/10% for having a publicly available sustainable food policy meeting set standards

If we found one, it should be here: www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/corporateinformation/sustainability/policiesplansandtargets.aspx

2) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 30/50% 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 The West of England, Bristol scores 10/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) University of The West of England, Bristol 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 The West of England, Bristol scores 5/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) University of The West of England, Bristol 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): www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visionandmission/sustainability/sustainabilityservices/hospitality-sustainablefood.aspx

5) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 15/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

If they are, you can find out more here: www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/corporateinformation/sustainability/getinvolvedinsustainability.aspx

75% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

75%

How well is University of The West of England, Bristol engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 55/60% 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, d go green or environment themed week, e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community, f providing resources or funding for student or staff led sustainability projects 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) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 10/10% for evidence that the university sustainability policy is included in staff inductions, and if it is, you can see more here: imp.uwe.ac.uk/imp_public/displayEntry.asp

3) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

5) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 10/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

100% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

100%

How well is University of The West of England, Bristol including sustainability in its education?

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1) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 20/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) University of The West of England, Bristol scores50/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 10/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) University of The West of England, Bristol 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

17.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

17.5%Where does University of The West of England, Bristol get its energy from?

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1) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

2) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 17.5/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

3) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 0.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

62.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

62.5%

How does University of The West of England, Bristol perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) University of The West of England, Bristol scores 25.0/50% for recycling 51.31% of its waste.

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

40% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

40%

How well is University of The West of England, Bristol 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) 0.0/50% for achieving a -8.90% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

16.8% Section 13. Water Reduction

16.8%How responsibly is University of The West of England, Bristol using water?

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1) 16.8/67% 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)

UWE Bristol Centre for Sports: award winning energy and water saving programme. In late 2015 and 2016 our Energy team focussed on reducing the electricity and water consumption in our Centre of Sport. A new meter was fitted to measure the water consumption of the cannons used to water the astro turf. Fitting this, with the implications of accurate cross-charging to the Centre for Sport, immediately highlighted the large amount of water used daily and resulted in more mindful use of the hoses. In addition over Christmas 2015, the lighting in the sports halls and squash courts was replaced and smart controls put in place. Previously the lights were rarely switched off during opening hours. The project involved replacing 182 fittings (each containing four 55W lamps) with 97 fittings housing 108 W or 48 W LEDs. Full controls were installed, allowing appropriate lighting levels to be used according the activity, with PIR sensors ensuring unused space is kept unlit backed up by booking system ensuring that space is only lit during booked time. The new system has the additional benefit of reduced maintenance requirements with resulting further savings. So far for the period January to August 2016, 72878.31 kWh - the equivalent of £8,381 and 33.7 tonnes of C02 e have been saved. The University’s efforts have received recognition in a public arena at the Go Green awards organised by Low Carbon South West and Business West. info.uwe.ac.uk/news/uwenews/news.aspx

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