People & Planet University League 2017
People & Planet (compiled by student campaigning organisation People & Planet, the University League) is an independent ranking of UK universities on their environmental and ethical performance.
Here at London Metropolitan University we are working on the following sections:
- Environmental Sustainability – Policy and Strategy
- Human resources for sustainability
- Auditing and management systems
- Ethical Investment Policy
- Carbon management
- Workers’ rights
- Sustainable food
- Staff and student engagement
- Education for sustainable development
- Energy sources
- Waste and recycling
- Carbon reduction
- Water reduction
Environmental sustainability policy and environmental sustainability strategy
Human resources for sustainability
- Sustainability is included within the portfolio of responsibilities of one member of the University's senior management team.
- All staff working in dedicated sustainability roles are listed on the University's sustainability page.
- We are committed to increasing our sustainability resources. We support London Met's graduate intern scheme which provides students the opportunity to work in the sustainability sector.
- In order to improve the University's environmental performance, staff are encouraged to get involved in our Green Impact staff engagement scheme.
Auditing and management systems
1. Waste management
We have increased our recycling rates by introducing new bins and performing a variety of waste audits around campus. In 2017, BPR Group audited our general waste and mixed recycling from the dual bins at Moorgate and Calcutta House.
For the full audit, findings and suggestions, please see the documents below:
Any further recycling issues will be highlighted in upcoming waste reports when we perform audits on our other buildings.
2. Travel and transport
We undertook a travel survey from December 2015 to the end of February 2016. Our 2015–16 staff travel to work survey findings indicated an encouragingly high level of public transport use. There were also a high number of participants who walked part way or the whole of their journey to work. For more details, please take a look at our Staff Travel Survey Summary Analysis.
3. Sustainable procurement
We implemented a Sustainable Procurement Policy in 2016, which was reported on in July 2017.
Sections 9, 10 and 11 of the Procurement Policy Revision 2016 relates to sustainable procurement.
We have undertaken an energy audit as a part of our Carbon management plan.
Our most recent Water Efficiency Audit Report was completed by Thames Water in 2014.
6. Construction and refurbishment
London Metropolitan University undertakes Ska assessments during refurbishment works with a target level of silver set: Ska Rating Assessment Example
For larger scale refurbishments and new build projects, BREEAM is used. See a recent Sustainable Design and Construction Statement (which is an assessment of the current building and the improvements that will be made during construction).
7. Emissions and discharges
London Metropolitan University undertakes TM44 audits to inspect air conditioning systems to ensure that emissions are minimised, and refrigerant top ups are reported on through the Carbon Management Plan. See our Air Conditioning Inspection Certificate.
In both 2014 and 2016 we used a biodiversity index tool to audit our biodiversity at our Holloway campus. This tool provides an overview of our biodiversity and species. Please see the reports below for further information:
Ethical Investment Policy
- The University's Carbon management plan sets out how we are going to achieve a 50% reduction on our carbon emissions from a 2009 baseline by 2020.
- The University does not calculate any carbon emissions that are attributed from residential accommodation, as the University does not have any in-house or externally provided student accommodation.
- Scope 3 carbon emissions (Information coming soon).
The University is an accredited employer of the Living Wage Foundation.
Our Sustainable Food Policy Sustainable Food Policy sets out the University's intention to minimise the impact of its catering operations on the environment and to promote sustainable practices.
Staff and student engagement
London Metropolitan University commits to increase staff and students engagement in sustainability issues by offering opportunities for active participation, as shown below.
The University does not have any in-house or externally provided student accommodation, so all the events are focused on our campuses.
To focus our events, each month we will be running events based on a specific environmental theme. For example, December is Energy Month. This consistency throughout the activities and events will make it easier for students and staff to know what are we promoting and what message we are sending.
Minimum events per month
We commit to presenting at least three events per month.
All our current events are listed on our main sustainability website.
Minimum participation numbers for each event based on previous experience
We will keep a record of how many participants attend to each event so we can set targets for improvement.
Every year we run a Green Week to promote sustainability at the University and in the wider community.
We commit to increasing our Green Week offer and to promoting inclusive opportunities for engagement.
A description of what the University is doing in terms of sustainability and how new members of staff can get involved is available on the HR Induction Slides.
Minimum amount of Green Impact staff teams
We commit to taking part in the annual NUS Green Impact Scheme for staff.
We aim to recruit at least 15 Green Impact teams.
Minimum amount of Student Auditors
We will campaign to increase the number of Student Auditors taking part in the Green Impact scheme for staff. We will aim to recruit at least 30 students next academic year.
Sustainability events feedback form
We have designed a questionnaire about our events and we hope that we can improve them based on student and staff feedback.
Working with the Students' Union
- We will support the Students' Union Green Impact whenever possible.
- We will support and promote sustainability-related societies.
- We will encourage and support the development and implementation of student-led sustainability projects.
- Read latest news story on green recognition for our Studen Union.
Working with Trade Unions
We will invite the Trade Unions to set up their own Green Impact team.
Competitions for every spotlight month
We will engage students and staff through sustainability-related competitions – quizzes and questionnaires, for example. They will be able to learn more about sustainability initiatives and to receive prizes for engaging in sustainability activities.
Volunteering, training opportunities and work experience
We will promote green volunteering opportunities to students and staff in our monthly newsletter and we commit to generating opportunities inside the university context.
As mentioned above, this year we are aiming to recruit and train 30 students to take part in the Green Impact scheme.
We also offer a full-time paid internship as a Sustainability Assistant, with a 12-month contract.
Research recognition, support and/or prizes
We commit to supporting and recognising sustainability research and projects carried out by students and/or staff.
We provide a three-week-long dietetics placement for student research or a project at the beginning of each academic year.
We send a newsletter to students and staff to inform them about latest sustainability news at the university.
View our latest Sustainability newsletters.
We will engage students through a joint campaign with the Student's Union, which seeks to:
- implement education for sustainable development in the academic curriculum
- raise awareness about our aspirations to become a Fairtrade university
- raise awareness of environmental issues within the University and wider contexts
Education for Sustainable Development
We recognise our role in leading carbon reduction through both the management of the University and also through our education, research and our wider role within society.
We believe that higher education is a major contributor to society’s efforts to achieve sustainability and, consequently, that a low-carbon economy will require low-carbon skills, which in turn will require the delivery of training and education.
In our Environmental Sustainability Policy Statement (2015) we have committed to "Integrate sustainable development into academic programmes to enable graduates to learn about sustainable development issues so they can be confident and knowledgeable".
A full audit of all our courses on offer is being completed at the moment to assess how to embed Education for Sustainable Development in the academic curriculum.
We currently have two degrees and many modules directly related to sustainability: