Canterbury Christ Church University People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 90
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 100
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 100
4. Ethical Investment 55
5. Carbon Management 75
6. Workers Rights 25
7. Sustainable Food 65
8. Staff and Student Engagement 80
9. Education for Sustainable Development 90
10. Energy Sources 37.5
11. Waste and Recycling 50
12. Carbon Reduction 20
13. Water Reduction 33.5

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

90%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/docs/sustainability/Environmental-Policy-2017.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) Canterbury Christ Church 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.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/docs/sustainability/waste-management-strategy.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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 Canterbury Christ Church University is working towards targets in the following areas:

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

Therefore...

2) Canterbury Christ Church University scored 40 / 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 Canterbury Christ Church 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.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/sustainability.aspx

1) Canterbury Christ Church 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.

Canterbury Christ Church University has 11340 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 16 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Canterbury Christ Church 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.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/docs/Roles-Responsibilities-table-2017-Privacy.pdf

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

Canterbury Christ Church 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

55% Section 4. Ethical Investment

55%

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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) Canterbury Christ Church University scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability/docs/Ethical-Investment-Policy-statement-for-website.pdf

1b) and  20/60% for including specifics within the policy, including: Screen - Fossil Fuels Full 20

2) Canterbury Christ Church University scored 10/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: peopleandplanet.org/fossil-free-declaration

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: peopleandplanet.org/fossil-free-declaration

When looking at our Fossil Free university campaign aims, here's Canterbury Christ Church University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment full
Divested from all fossil fuels

Fossil Free Scorecard: Canterbury Christ Church University

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.)

Fossil Fuel Industry Links

Honorary degrees awarded to: No honorary degrees awarded.
Board positions given to Fossil Fuel industry: No positions on boards/committees awarded to fossil fuel company executives.

Banking

Lloyds £43.9m in bank
University made public announcement

75% Section 5. Carbon Management

75%How well is Canterbury Christ Church 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: (N/A)

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

3) Canterbury Christ Church University scored 20/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste , Water , Procurement and Travel. business trips.

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

25% Section 6. Workers Rights

25%Is Canterbury Christ Church University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 0/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 15/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

3) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 10/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

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

65% Section 7. Sustainable Food

65%How sustainable is the food and catering at Canterbury Christ Church University?

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1) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 10/10% for having a publicly available sustainable food policy meeting set standards

If we found one, it should be here: www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/docs/sustainability/sustainable-food-policy.pdf

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

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

4c) Canterbury Christ Church 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): (N/A)

5) Canterbury Christ Church 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.canterbury.ac.uk/business-and-community/sustainability/sustainability.aspx

80% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

80%

How well is Canterbury Christ Church University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 50/60% 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, 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) Canterbury Christ Church 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) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 10/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

5) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 10/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

90% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

90%

How well is Canterbury Christ Church University including sustainability in its education?

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1) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 20/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) Canterbury Christ Church University scores50/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 10/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Canterbury Christ Church University 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) 10/10% for supporting or highlighting School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainability, including the pedgagogy of sustainability

37.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

37.5%Where does Canterbury Christ Church University get its energy from?

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1) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

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

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

50% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

50%

How does Canterbury Christ Church University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 25.0/50% for recycling 55.78% of its waste.

2) Canterbury Christ Church University scores 25.0/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

20% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

20%

How well is Canterbury Christ Church 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) 0.0/50% for achieving a -2.00% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

33.5% Section 13. Water Reduction

33.5%How responsibly is Canterbury Christ Church 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)

Student and Staff Experience Our Student Green Office developed a strong social media presence with three paid student interns, and initiated an innovative ‘Tiny Yurt Concert’ series. The Beer, Bread and Honey Project, as part of our Edible Campus initiative, has delivered its second year of Green Chapel Ale, a clay bread oven, and a full season of popular weekly beekeeping sessions. Education for Sustainable Futures The Futures Initiative has funded 90 curriculum development projects to date, influenced university strategy and become the cornerstone of our approach to enrich curriculum with concepts of sustainability. Whole Earth? was launched by Michael Morpurgo OBE, and over the year influenced teaching, project work, dialogue, and has inspired the development of a poem and a beautiful tapestry. Research and Knowledge Exchange We are developing a university-wide Sustainability Research Network (SRN), and in the summer of 2016, ran a very successful one-day national conference for 120 delegates. Our Environment Reducing our carbon emissions remains a priority, and our University remains a zero waste to landfill organisation. We are currently introducing an environmental levee on disposable coffee cups. Awards, Recognition and Governance The University has been shortlisted for two Green Gown awards. In the South & South East in Bloom awards, we’ve been awarded a second Gold, and a Silver Gilt, plus a Kent Wildlife Trust Gold, and a national Jewel in the Town Gold award. We also successfully achieved recertification to ISO 14001:2004 standard.

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