London Metropolitan University People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 55
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 30
4. Ethical Investment 20
5. Carbon Management 60
6. Workers Rights 35
7. Sustainable Food 50
8. Staff and Student Engagement 30
9. Education for Sustainable Development 55
10. Energy Sources 17.5
11. Waste and Recycling 62.5
12. Carbon Reduction 70
13. Water Reduction 50.3

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

www.londonmet.ac.uk/media/london-metropolitan-university/london-met-documents/professional-service-departments/estates/sustainability/Environmental-Sustainability-Policy-Statement-v3---Sept-2015-.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) London Metropolitan 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:

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policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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

Construction and Refurbishment

Therefore...

2) London Metropolitan University scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

55% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

55%

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 London Metropolitan 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.londonmet.ac.uk/media/london-metropolitan-university/london-met-documents/professional-service-departments/university-secretarys-office/governance/SMT-terms-of-reference-and-membership---Oct-2016.pdf

1) London Metropolitan 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.

London Metropolitan University has 9500 students,1000 - 2000 staff and 3 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at London Metropolitan 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.londonmet.ac.uk/about/policies/sustainability/

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

30% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

30%

The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well London Metropolitan University 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:

 

20% Section 4. Ethical Investment

20%

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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) London Metropolitan University scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.londonmet.ac.uk/media/london-metropolitan-university/london-met-documents/professional-service-departments/estates/sustainability/Ethical-Investment-Policy.pdf

1b) and  10/60% for including specifics within the policy, including: Screen - Fossil Fuels Partial 5 and Screen - Arms Partial 5

2) London Metropolitan University 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 London Metropolitan University's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment partial
Divested from coal and tar sands but not other Fossil Fuels.

Fossil Free Scorecard: London Metropolitan University

Investments

£74,403
Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £1,162,554
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

? The university has not disclosed how much research funding goes into fossil fuels.

(No research funding into renewables industry since 2001.)

Banking

Barclays £36.7m in bank
Notemachine ATMs on campus

60% Section 5. Carbon Management

60%How well is London Metropolitan 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: www.londonmet.ac.uk/media/london-metropolitan-university/london-met-documents/professional-service-departments/estates/sustainability/Carbon-management-plan-.pdf

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

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

London Metropolitan University  scored 5/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including Water .

35% Section 6. Workers Rights

35%Is London Metropolitan University behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) London Metropolitan University scores 25/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) London Metropolitan University scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

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

50% Section 7. Sustainable Food

50%How sustainable is the food and catering at London Metropolitan University?

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1) London Metropolitan University scores 10/10% for having a publicly available sustainable food policy meeting set standards

If we found one, it should be here: www.londonmet.ac.uk/media/london-metropolitan-university/london-met-documents/professional-service-departments/estates/sustainability/Sustainable-Food-Policy-Signed-August-17.pdf

2) London Metropolitan 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) London Metropolitan University scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

4a) London Metropolitan 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) London Metropolitan University scores 0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) London Metropolitan University 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): www.londonmet.ac.uk/media/london-metropolitan-university/london-met-documents/professional-service-departments/estates/sustainability/Drinking-water-policy-2016.pdf

5) London Metropolitan 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.londonmet.ac.uk/about/sustainability/

30% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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How well is London Metropolitan University engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) London Metropolitan University 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:

a carbon management plan, b sustainability policy and strategy, d go green or environment themed week 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) London Metropolitan 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) London Metropolitan University scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

5) London Metropolitan University scores 10/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

55% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

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How well is London Metropolitan University including sustainability in its education?

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1) London Metropolitan University scores 20/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) London Metropolitan University scores25/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) London Metropolitan University scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) London Metropolitan University 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

17.5% Section 10. Energy Sources

17.5%Where does London Metropolitan University get its energy from?

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

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

3) London Metropolitan University 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 London Metropolitan University perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) London Metropolitan University scores 25.0/50% for recycling 49.70% of its waste.

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

70% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

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How well is London Metropolitan 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) 50.0/50% for achieving a 57.17% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

50.3% Section 13. Water Reduction

50.3%How responsibly is London Metropolitan University 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) 0.0/33% for use of grey water (like rain water harvesting)

London Metropolitan University has made impressive reductions in its carbon footprint, meeting and exceeding our 2020 target 4 years early. We have now reduced our carbon footprint by over 52%. This has been achieved through installing a number of technologies and we installed our first renewable energy this year. 221 solar panels have been fitted to the Science Centre roof and will generate enough electricity to make 2,900,000 cups of tea. We have won several awards for our carbon reduction including a Green Apple, Public Sector Sustainability, ISEP gold and Highly Commended in the Green Gown Awards. In 2016, we created our first roof garden and grew courgettes, strawberries, herbs, carrots, beans and flowers. We have established a staff and student growing club which meets every two weeks to allow people to get involved in green spaces and meet other people. Produce grown is given away to staff and students and will be used in our catering spaces. We have installed two bee hives which are home to 40,000 bees. This year we produced our first London Met honey. We organise staff and student trips to visit the bees and find out more about how to keep bees and why they are so important. We also have a web cam so they can be viewed 24 hours a day hml.londonmet.ac.uk/Live/8

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