Writtle University College People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

Fail

Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 50
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 0
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 0
4. Ethical Investment 15
5. Carbon Management 0
6. Workers Rights 0
7. Sustainable Food 25
8. Staff and Student Engagement 0
9. Education for Sustainable Development 30
10. Energy Sources 0
11. Waste and Recycling 0
12. Carbon Reduction 70
13. Water Reduction 22

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

50%

The full methodology for this section can be found here.

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

writtle.ac.uk/pdfs/Sustainability/Writtle-University-College-Principles-for-Sustainable-Development.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) Writtle University College 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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 Writtle University College is working towards targets in the following areas:

(N/A)

Therefore...

2) Writtle University College scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

0% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

0%

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 Writtle University College 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: writtle.ac.uk/Senior-Management-Team

1) Writtle University College scored 0/20% 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.

Writtle University College has 740 students,less than 250 staff and 0 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Writtle University College - we looked for the following info:

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

If we found that information, here's the link: (N/A)

2) Writtle University College scored 0/55% 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) Writtle University College 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) Writtle University College scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

0% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

0%

The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well Writtle University College 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:

 

15% Section 4. Ethical Investment

15%

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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) Writtle University College scored 0/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: (N/A)

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

2) Writtle University College scored 0/10% for reviewing and making progress on the policy's objectives - which is here is we found it: (N/A)

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 Writtle University College's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment full
Divested from all fossil fuels

Fossil Free Scorecard: Writtle University College

Investments

£0
Invested in fossil fuels.
Data direct 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 £6.0m in bank
University made a public announcement.

0% Section 5. Carbon Management

0%How well is Writtle University College 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) Writtle University College scored 0/25% 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) 0/5% for reporting the university's scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

In the most recent year, Writtle University College reported emissions from: Not applicable 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) Writtle University College scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

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

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

0% Section 6. Workers Rights

0%Is Writtle University College behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) Writtle University College scores 0/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) Writtle University College scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

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

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

25% Section 7. Sustainable Food

25%How sustainable is the food and catering at Writtle University College?

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

If we found one, it should be here: writtle.ac.uk/pdfs/Sustainability/Writtle-University-College-strategy-for-Sustainable-Development.pdf

2) Writtle University College scores 0/50% 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) Writtle University College scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

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

4b) Writtle University College scores 0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) Writtle University College 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): (N/A)

5) Writtle University College scores 15/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

If they are, you can find out more here: writtle.ac.uk/pdfs/Sustainability/Writtle-University-College%20Sustainability-Programme.pdf

0% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

0%

How well is Writtle University College engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) Writtle University College scores 0/60% 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:

(N/A)

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

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

5) Writtle University College scores 0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

30% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

30%

How well is Writtle University College including sustainability in its education?

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

2a) Writtle University College scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) Writtle University College scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Writtle University College 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

0% Section 10. Energy Sources

0%Where does Writtle University College get its energy from?

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

2) Writtle University College scores 0.0/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

3) Writtle University College scores 0.0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

0% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

0%

How does Writtle University College perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) Writtle University College scores 0.0/50% for recycling 27.96% of its waste.

2) Writtle University College scores 0.0/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

70% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

70%

How well is Writtle University College 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 41.83% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

22% Section 13. Water Reduction

22%How responsibly is Writtle University College using water?

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1) 0.0/67% for its use of water per head (staff and students) compared to other universities

2) 22.0/33% for use of grey water (like rain water harvesting)

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