University of Central Lancashire People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 70
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 50
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 10
5. Carbon Management 35
6. Workers Rights 0
7. Sustainable Food 60
8. Staff and Student Engagement 30
9. Education for Sustainable Development 30
10. Energy Sources 100
11. Waste and Recycling 75
12. Carbon Reduction 62.5
13. Water Reduction 61.3

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

70%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www5.uclan.ac.uk/ou/fm/resource-centre/External%20Library/FM%20ENV%20002%20UCLan%20Environmental%20Sustainability%20Policy.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) University of Central Lancashire 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:

www5.uclan.ac.uk/ou/fm/resource-centre/External%20Library/2015-16%20UCLan%20Annual%20Report%20on%20Environmental%20Sustainability%20Performance.docx

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Waste management, Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water and Construction and Refurbishment

Therefore...

2) University of Central Lancashire scored 20 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

50% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

50%

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 Central Lancashire 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.uclan.ac.uk/sustainable_development/environmental_management_system.php

1) University of Central Lancashire 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 Central Lancashire has 17125 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 5 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of Central Lancashire - 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.uclan.ac.uk/sustainable_development/environmental_management_system.php

2) University of Central Lancashire 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) University of Central Lancashire 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 Central Lancashire scored 0/15% 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 Central Lancashire manages and audit their environmental performance and progress. If you can't measure it, you can't improve it!

University of Central Lancashire 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

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) University of Central Lancashire scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.uclan.ac.uk/financial_information/index.php

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

2) University of Central Lancashire 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 Central Lancashire's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Central Lancashire

Investments

£598,900
Invested in fossil fuels. Including:
  • £148,174 Shell
  • £117,642 BP
  • £71,362 Rio Tinto
That’s 7.8% of total endowment fund of £7,643,663
Data direct from FoI

Research funding

£31,964 Research funding from fossil fuel industry, including: Quadrilla

£15,000 Research funding into renewables industry since 2001.

Banking

Abbey National £Money in bank
BlackRock £Money in bank
Close Brothers £Money in bank
Clydesdale Bank £Money in bank
Coventry Building Society £Money in bank
Handelsbanken £Money in bank
Leeds Building Society £Money in bank
Lloyds £Money in bank
NatWest £Money in bank
Nationwide £Money in bank
Peterhouse Asset Management Limited £Money in bank
Principality Building Society £Money in bank
Santander £Money in bank ATMs on campus
Scottish Widows £Money in bank
Skipton £Money in bank
Yorkshire Building Society £Money in bank
Tilney BestInvest £Money in bank
Barclays ATMs on campus
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding may not include all oils and gas research. Updated data will be available soon.

35% Section 5. Carbon Management

35%How well is University of Central Lancashire 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.uclan.ac.uk/sustainable_development/assets/CMP_2010.pdf

1) University of Central Lancashire 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) 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, University of Central Lancashire reported emissions from: waste, business travel , staff 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: Page 11: "The baseline carbon footprint for the University was 15,559 tCO2e in 2005/06 with 80% deriving from non-residential buildings; 19% from residential buildings and the remainder from University fleet vehicles.".

2c) University of Central Lancashire scored 5/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) University of Central Lancashire scored 0/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: (N/A).

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

0% Section 6. Workers Rights

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

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

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

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

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

60% Section 7. Sustainable Food

60%How sustainable is the food and catering at University of Central Lancashire?

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1) University of Central Lancashire scores 10/10% for having a publicly available sustainable food policy meeting set standards

If we found one, it should be here: www5.uclan.ac.uk/ou/fm/resource-centre/External%20Library/Healthy,%20Sustainable%20and%20Safe%20Food%20Policy.pdf

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

4a) University of Central Lancashire scores 0/5% for being certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standards - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate

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

4c) University of Central Lancashire 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): (N/A)

5) University of Central Lancashire scores 15/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

If they are, you can find out more here: www5.uclan.ac.uk/ou/fm/resource-centre/External%20Library/Footprint%20Issue%2011.pdf

30% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

30%

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

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1) University of Central Lancashire scores 20/60% 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:

c student induction, d go green or environment themed week, e climate or sustainability or social change campaigns reaching the whole university community and f providing resources or funding for student or staff led sustainability projects

  • 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 Central Lancashire 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) University of Central Lancashire scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

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

30% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

30%

How well is University of Central Lancashire including sustainability in its education?

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

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

2b)

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

4) University of Central Lancashire 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) 0/10% for supporting or highlighting School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainability, including the pedgagogy of sustainability

100% Section 10. Energy Sources

100%Where does University of Central Lancashire get its energy from?

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

2) University of Central Lancashire scores 35.0/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

3) University of Central Lancashire scores 20.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

75% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

75%

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

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1) University of Central Lancashire scores 25.0/50% for recycling 51.39% of its waste.

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

62.5% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

62.5%

How well is University of Central Lancashire reducing its carbon emissions?

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1) 50.0/50% for carbon intensity change over the last 12 months (since the last University League).

2) 12.5/50% for achieving a 15.00% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

61.3% Section 13. Water Reduction

61.3%How responsibly is University of Central Lancashire using water?

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1) 50.3/67% 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)

UCLan has received the ISO14001:2015 international accreditation across its entire estate for its Environmental Management System (EMS) after a rigorous five-day external audit. The certification recognises the University’s efforts in improving environmental performance in a comprehensive, systematic and planned manner. Paul Morris, Director of Facilities Management, said: “Certification to ISO14001 has provided both the framework and the focus to manage and continually improve the sustainability of campus activities, products and services. “The LRQA auditor complimented us on how environmental sustainability has become more and more embedded into everyday practices and processes. This is a great reward, not only for the team involved, but for all the staff and students who embed sustainability in their day to day activities.” LRQA’s UK&I Area Operations Manager David Derrick said: “This is an exceptional achievement and the University of Central Lancashire has to be commended on their determination, motivation and focus to be an early adopter of the standard. ISO 14001:2015 has enhanced their environmental management system and they now have an approach tailored to meet their external and internal environmental responsibilities and their business objectives.” A range of staff from across all areas of the institution were interviewed during the assessment. The University’s EMS was first certified to ISO14001:2004 in 2010, with re-certification being achieved in 2013. The new, more challenging standard ISO14001:2015 involved a redevelopment of the system to meet the new requirements, meaning it now takes more account of the external and internal context in which the University operates to ensure management of the greatest environmental risks and opportunities.

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