Glasgow School of Art People & Planet University League 2017 Scorecard

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Section Score
1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 0
2. Human Resources for Sustainability 30
3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems 5
4. Ethical Investment 10
5. Carbon Management 60
6. Workers Rights 40
7. Sustainable Food 0
8. Staff and Student Engagement 35
9. Education for Sustainable Development 20
10. Energy Sources 0
11. Waste and Recycling 62.5
12. Carbon Reduction 50
13. Water Reduction 50.3

Section 1. Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy

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The full methodology for this section can be found here.

We looked at Glasgow School of Art's publicly available environmental policy - you can read it here if we found one:

www.gsasustainability.org.uk/files/542589741c41a-Glasgow%20School%20of%20Art%20Environmental%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) Glasgow School of Art scored: 0 / 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environmental policy, a strategy only works if people are using it), and we didn't give credit for strategies that were out of date: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 Glasgow School of Art is working towards targets in the following areas:

Sustainable Procurement and Biodiversity

Therefore...

2) Glasgow School of Art scored 0 / 50% for their sustainability strategy.

30% Section 2. Human Resources for Sustainability

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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 Glasgow School of Art 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: (N/A)

1) Glasgow School of Art 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.

Glasgow School of Art has 1905 students,250 - 500 staff and 1 sustainability staff

When assessing the number of dedicated sustainability staff at Glasgow School of Art - 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.gsasustainability.org.uk/contact

2) Glasgow School of Art scored 30/55% 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) Glasgow School of Art 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) Glasgow School of Art scored 0/15% for supporting a staff engagement scheme.

5% Section 3. Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

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The full methodology for this section is here.

We looked at how well Glasgow School of Art 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:

 

10% Section 4. Ethical Investment

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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) Glasgow School of Art scored 10/10% for having a publicly available ethical investment policy. The policy is here if we found one: www.gsa.ac.uk/media/605628/socially_responsible_investment_policy.pdf

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

2) Glasgow School of Art 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 Glasgow School of Art's own Fossil Free outlook:

Divestment Commitment none

Fossil Free Scorecard: Glasgow School of Art

Investments

£225,380
Invested in fossil fuels. That’s 6.4% of total endowment fund of £3,521,555
Data estimated from FoI

Research funding

(No research funding from fossil fuel industry.)

£55,529 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.
Note: Fossil fuel extraction research funding does not include all oils and gas research. Data will be available soon.

60% Section 5. Carbon Management

60%How well is Glasgow School of Art 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.gsasustainability.org.uk/resources/environmental-policies

1) Glasgow School of Art 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) 0/5% for reporting the university's scope 3 emissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

In the most recent year, Glasgow School of Art reported emissions from: (N/A) 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) Glasgow School of Art scored 0/5% for publishing carbon emission data related to both in-house and externally provided student accommodation.

3) Glasgow School of Art scored 15/30% for including baseline figures for scope 3 carbon emissions  in the following: Waste , Water and Travel. business trips.

Glasgow School of Art  scored 15/30% for including targets to reduce scope 3 carbon emissions including Waste , Water and Travel. business trips.

40% Section 6. Workers Rights

40%Is Glasgow School of Art behaving responsibly to those it employs and those who work in its supply chains?

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1) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/25% for being a Living Wage accredited employer.

2) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/15% for being a Fairtrade status University

3) Glasgow School of Art scores 40/40% for improving workers rights in the university's ITC supply chain by working with Electronics Watch

4) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/20% for improving workers rights in an area of the university supply chain other than electronics

0% Section 7. Sustainable Food

0%How sustainable is the food and catering at Glasgow School of Art?

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1) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/10% for having a publicly available sustainable food policy meeting set standards

If we found one, it should be here: www.gsasustainability.org.uk/files/542589e873bb0-GSA%20food%20policy.pdf

2) Glasgow School of Art 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) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/10% for specifying that contract caterers and suppliers meet the requirements of the university sustainable food policy

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

4b) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/5% for using local food in university catering or campus to kitchen food projects

4c) Glasgow School of Art 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) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/15% for providing space or other resources for university community food projects

If they are, you can find out more here: (N/A)

35% Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement

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How well is Glasgow School of Art engaging its staff and students in sustainability?

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1) Glasgow School of Art scores 25/60% 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, 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) Glasgow School of Art scores 10/10% for evidence that the university sustainability policy is included in staff inductions, and if it is, you can see more here: www.google.co.uk/url

3) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/10% for Trades Union representation on the membership of sustainability strategy committees

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

5) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/10% for students' union progress towards environmental sustainability.

20% Section 9. Education for Sustainable Development

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How well is Glasgow School of Art including sustainability in its education?

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1) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/20% for its public commit to education for sustainable development (ESD)

2a) Glasgow School of Art scores0/50% for having a framework or strategy for ESD

2b)

3) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/10% for providing suitable support and training for ESD

4) Glasgow School of Art 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) 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 Glasgow School of Art get its energy from?

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1) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/45% for using combined heat and power (CHP) energy.

2) Glasgow School of Art scores 0.0/35% for generating some its own electricity (the more it generates the higher the score).

3) Glasgow School of Art scores 0/20% for buying some or all of its electricity from renewable sources. 

62.5% Section 11. Waste and Recycling

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How does Glasgow School of Art perform on waste, as compared to other universities?

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1) Glasgow School of Art scores 50.0/50% for recycling 81.33% of its waste.

2) Glasgow School of Art scores 12.5/50% for the amount of waste per head (staff and students) compared to the rest of the sector.

50% Section 12. Carbon Reduction

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How well is Glasgow School of Art 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) 0.0/50% for achieving a -7.50% reduction in its carbon emissions since a 2005 baseline.

50.3% Section 13. Water Reduction

50.3%How responsibly is Glasgow School of Art 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)

GSA’s R A D I A L project is a collective of creative thinkers from the university community across Glasgow. Students and staff are all connected through a shared need and desire to live sustainably. We believe that climate change is a cultural issue connected to inherent values we all hold; therefore we find commonality and connection to tackle these issues together transforming current habits into meaningful habits that will build our sustainable future. Our core aim is to collectively inspire action towards a zero waste society through the exploration, practice and sharing of ideas, rooted in the circular economy and resource efficiency. Our project focuses on three areas: food waste prevention; extended product life cycles and increased recycling. Highlights: • Engaged with over 5000 people at 159 events • Diverted over 1.1 tonnes of surplus food from landfill • Diverted 3.2 tonnes of reuse items from landfill • Recruited 122 volunteers who have carried out 965 volunteer hours • Diverted 15.5 tonnes of CO2e from the atmosphere During this time of transition towards a more sustainable way of being the R A D I A L project provides space for self-exploration and deeper thinking as well as opportunities for connections to form and collaborations to spring up. Using principles of service and permaculture design the strategy from the outset has been to create strong communities of action within the realms of reuse, food waste prevention and recycling. Underpinning these with values based work we have helped establish self-realised GSA student societies and groups.

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