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).
University of Worcester scored: 50 / 50% for an active 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 there isn't a link below then the university may not have had one)
The university could only score 50% if they had set SMART targets in all 8 of these key areas:
Construction & Refurbishment
Emissions & Discharges
Travel and Transport
University of Worcester is working towards targets in the following areas:
Waste management, Transport, Sustainable Procurement, Water, Construction and Refurbishment, Emissions and Discharges, Community involvement and Biodiversity
University of Worcester scored 50 / 50% for an action plan with targets.
75% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability
We looked at how well University of Worcester resource their environmental policy.
We looked to see whether there was public evidence that environmental sustainability is included within the portfolio of responsibilities of a member of the university senior management team.
University of Worcester scored 15/15% for senior responsibility for sustainability
University of Worcester has 6980 students,500 - 1000 staff and 4 sustainability staff
When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at University of Worcester - we looked for the following info:
job title / role
specific area of sustainability
University of Worcester scored 30/55% for employing contactable sustainability staff
People & Planet are keen to see that university sustainability budgets are not being cut at this crucial time for cutting carbon emissions and equipping students with sustainability education. We looked for evidence that staff were resourced with the finances needed to improve sustainability ..... this was a tricky thing to assess.
University of Worcester scored 15/15% for providing a budget for sustainable development
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.
University of Worcester scored 15/15% for supporting staff engagement with sustainability.
100% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems
We looked at how well University of Worcester manages and audits its environmental performance and progress.
University of Worcester is accredited to an externally verified environmental management system (EMS). It scored 100/100% for the level and coverage of its EMS.
It's obviously no good being sustainable on campus if you're funding the university from unethical, unsustainable investments elsewhere.
gizmo:UL16:university] scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy
10/60% for extra effort in this area
including: Screen - International law
10/10% for making progress on the policy's objectives
10/10% for providing opportunities for staff and students to engage with the policy
10/10% for making a public announcement that it won't invest in fossil fuels
When looking at our Fossil Free university campaign aims, here's University of Worcester's own Fossil Free outlook:
Divested from all fossil fuels
Fossil Free Scorecard: University of Worcester
Invested in fossil fuels.
Data direct from FoI
(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)
(No research funding into renewables industry since 2001.)
University made a public announcement.
100% Section 5. Carbon Management
100%How well is University of Worcester managing its carbon emissions?
25/25% for having a publicly available carbon management plan that meets set standards
5/5% for including scope 3 emissions within the university Carbon Management Plan
5/5% for reporting the university scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency
5/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation
30/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions
30/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions
20% Section 6. Workers Rights
20%Is University of Worcester behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?
0/20% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.
15/15% for being a Fairtrade status University
5/5% for using Fairtrade cotton for university staff uniforms
0/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch
0/20% for improving workers rights in another product category of the university supply chain
85% Section 7. Sustainable Food 2016
85%Is University of Worcester using sustainable food?
10/10% for having a publicy available sustainable food policy meeting set standards
35/50% for continual improvement in sustainable food across university catering outlets and conference services
10/10% for specifying that contract caterers and supplies adhere to the requirements of the university sustainable food policy
5/5% for university food outlets with Marine Stewardship Council certification - ensuring traceability of sustainable fish all the way to your plate
5/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects
5/5% for providing free access to drinking water across the university and for highlighting where this can be found on the university website
15/15% for providing space or other resources for student and staff led growing schemes or sustainable food projects
100% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement
How well is University of Worcester engaging its staff and students in sustainability?
60/60% 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:
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
10/10% for including sustainability policy in staff inductions
10/10% for engaging trade unions in its sustainability policy
10/10% for including student representation on setting sustainability policy
10/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.
100% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development
How well is University of Worcester including sustainability in its education?
20/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)
50/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD
10/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD
10/10% for evidence of student coursework linked to sustainability projects to improve the environmental manegement of the university (often called the Living Lab)
10/10% for supporting or highlighting School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainability, including the pedgagogy of sustainability
100% Section 10. Energy Sources 2016
100%Where does University of Worcester get its energy from?
45/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.
35/35% for generating its own electricity
20/20% for use of renewable electricity tariffs.
75% Section 11. Waste and Recycling
How does University of Worcester perform on waste, as compared to other universities?
50/50% for recycling 92.96% of its waste.
25/50% for waste mass per head compared to the rest of the sector.
10% Section 12. Carbon Reduction
How well is University of Worcester managing to reduce its carbon emissions?
10/50% for carbon intensity change since the last University League.
0/50% for achieving a -25.40% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.
83% Section 13. Water Reduction
83%How responsibly is University of Worcester using water?
50/67% for its use of water per head compared to other universities
33/33% for use of grey water
Case Study from the university
Skills for Tomorrow, now in its 5th year, is an unique interface for Higher Education staff and students, businesses and schools which provides an interactive experience exploring the opportunities of a low-carbon, resilient future. Inspired by the University’s misson to ‘change today to protect tomorrow’, the specially designed programme is delivered by a range of University and community volunteers. Held over two days, around 200 eleven to fourteen-year-olds from partnership schools, Rotarians and University students and representatives from 10-15 businesses with local, national and international links, come together to explore current and future the issues around sustainability. Leading edge experiential and integrated learning approaches are used to engage the school students in a series of themed workshops to raise their knowledge and understanding of sustainability issues and to improve their awareness of the diverse careers pathways available in the ’green economy’. Illustrating how every job has the potential to contribute to a sustainable future, the event provides a launch platform to inspire young people to consider developing the job, skill, and qualifications necessary to support opportunities in the green economy.