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Iain Patton: Is there hope for sustainability in universities & colleges?


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Iain Patton: Is there hope for sustainability in universities & colleges?

  1. 1. Is there hope for sustainability in universities & colleges? ISCN, Boston 31st May 2014
  2. 2. Who We Are •  232 Universities and Colleges •  87 UK and International sector bodies •  60 Company Members •  3339 active contacts
  3. 3. Our vision is a university and college sector where the principles and values of environmental, economic and social sustainability are embedded
  4. 4. Reasons To SCREAM
  5. 5. Global Challenges – Sir John Beddington, Chief Govt Scientist
  6. 6. You and Your University
  7. 7. “Education is the best weapon to change the world” Nelson Mandela
  8. 8. We need “Education to prepare students for the way the world works – not the work of the world” Jonathan Porrit
  9. 9. Your University
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  11. 11. Two Fundamental Weaknesses
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  13. 13. Your University
  14. 14. EAUC Members Estates 22% Teaching & Research 22% Support Staff 18% Sustainability Professional 12% Finance & Procurement 10% ICT 7% Senior Management 7% Student facing 2%
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  18. 18. Manage, Measure and Improve Social and Environmental Performance – across the whole university
  19. 19. Leadership and Governance
  20. 20. LiFE has been developed by the sector, for the sector LiFE can help you wherever you are in your journey •  Early stages •  Need direction •  Well developed LiFE helps you identify and value what you are already doing
  21. 21. LiFE is NOT a replacement for an EMS or the Green League but they can feed into LiFE LiFE goes beyond the scope of these and takes institutions to the next level LiFE is more than environment and estates You can choose which areas to focus on, you don’t need to do them all at the start You can choose your own pace Leadership and Governance
  22. 22. LiFE is a simple and easy to use tool LiFE is available for FREE to EAUC Members Support is available - guidance and resources Central point to track activity and progress Leadership and Governance
  23. 23. •  Policy and Strategy •  Action Planning •  Stakeholder Engagement •  Measurement •  Communication •  Training and Support •  Implementation •  Link to the Curriculum
  24. 24. Leadership and Governance Area Policy and Strategy Action Planning Stakeholder Engagement Measurement What it looks like There is a Policy in place which is aligned to the institution’s Sustainability Strategy and Carbon Management Plan. Activity is reviewed on a regular basis. There are clear reporting lines into formal institution management structures. Action Plans, which incorporate objectives and associated targets, drive activity across the institution. Relevant stakeholders actively inform the review of the Policy and shape its development. Development of the Policy emulates or begins to lead good practice. The impacts and benefits of the Policy are routinely monitored and evaluated as part of existing institutional practices. There is evidence of continual improvement and feedback loops. Evidence of existing activity Biodiversity policy approved and reviewed annually. Bioversity concept developed and embedded. EMS Management Structure provides formal links into sustainability governance structure and SMT. Biodiversity SMART targets agreed. Grounds and Gardens team plan in place. Current BAP based on Bioversity principle of enhancing biodiversity within the historical cultural refence of the World Heritage Site. Formal Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) under development for WHS based on phase 1 habitat survey. Biodiversity Steering Group with wide staff membership is active and meets at least 3 times per year. Staff intranet notices and call for ideas and bids for funding. Interest increasing through the Growing Group initiative. Annual review of targets through the Biodiversity Steering Group and the EMS internal audit, however potential impacts and benefits have not been identified and are not routinely considered. Starting Score 9 7 7 3 Target Score 10 10 10 5
  25. 25. Leadership and Governance Area Communication Training and Support Implementation Link to the Curriculum What it looks like The Policy is in the public domain. There is a planned approach to communicating to relevant stakeholders, together with its associated activities and their implications. The Policy has clear, high-level support within the institution. Staff have either appropriate skills and knowledge, or opportunities to develop them through access to specialist support. There is evidence of staff and student-led initiatives promoting the Policy across the institution and beyond via the Student Union, student societies, staff groups, trade unions or individual sustainability champions. Practices link to, and where appropriate, are embedded into formal and informal curriculum and research. Evidence of existing activity Policy is in the public domain. Communication is ad hoc but comprises a variety of activity. Open lectures about Bioversity, leaflets and poster publications, external talks, website, press articles and external conferences. Event planned for May 2014. Biodiversity steering group membership includes all key professional expertise. Futures Initiative projects and links to volunteering bring in other staff and students to provide support and build capacity. Futures Initiative projects – Physic Garden, Orchard, plans for Pond and Sound Garden, Growing Group with SU support and participation. Links to formal curriculum in Dept. of G&LS, through inclusion in specific credit bearing modules and through specific FI Projects such as Physic Garden (OT and Life Science), Sound Garden (Education), Insect hotels, etc. Starting Score 6 7 7 7 Target Score 8 9 9 9
  26. 26. Leadership and Governance Actions to achieve Target Score 10. Identify strategies for on- going engagement within the University, the WHS partners and the wider community. 11. Identify areas of innovative and good practice that can be used as case studies for confernence presentations, publications and local press. 12. Plan opportunities to develop train the trainer activities for Grounds & Gardens staff to support on- going training activities within the staff and student communities. 13. Raise level of student participation both in relation to volunteering, project initiation and participation through links between the Student Green Office, Growing Group and the Edible Campus initiative. 14. Document links to formal curriculum and identify opportunities for further links between formal and informal curriculum. 15. Investigate the potential to provide spepcific training within formal curriculum activity and potential for starred module system. Current Score 6 8 7 7 TOTAL STARTING SCORE TOTAL CURRENT SCORE TOTAL TARGET SCORE 63.5 85 69 Silver Silver Gold
  27. 27. Leadership and Governance Starting Status Silver Starting Status No Award Starting Status Bronze Starting Status Silver Starting Status No Award Starting Status Gold Current Status Silver Current Status Bronze Current Status Silver Current Status Gold Current Status No Award Current Status Gold Target Status Gold Target Status Silver Target Status Gold Target Status Gold Target Status Bronze Target Status Gold Utilities Travel & Transport Sustainable Construction & Renovation Resources Efficiency & Waste Biodiversity Sustainable ICT Estates and Operations
  28. 28. Priority Area Baseline Baseline Status Status Target Target To date To date Baseline 12 Baseline 12 Baseline 47 Baseline 17 Baseline 20 Baseline 30 Status No award Status No award Status Bronze Status Gold Status No award Status Silver Target 40 Target 45 Target 70 Target 50 Target 50 Target 80 To date 17 To date 18 To date 51 To date 93 To date 28 To date 61 Baseline Baseline Baseline Status Status Status Target Target Target To date To date To date Baseline Baseline Baseline Status Status Status Target Target Target To date To date To date No award 31 Bronze Frameworks Learning & Teaching 26 30 No award Utilities Travel & Transport Sustainable Construction & Renovation Resources Efficiency & Waste Community & Public Engagement Business & Industry Interface Procurement & Supplier Engagement Leadership 30 Bronze Biodiversity Sustainable ICT 81 73 80 65 90 52 90 45 30 20 85 36 90 45 100 89 Partnership and Engagement Estates and Operations Learning, Teaching and Research Leadership and Governance 28 Bronze 89 Gold 65 Silver Staff Engagement & HR 62 Silver Research Student Engagement
  29. 29. Leadership and Governance 10   32   63.5   10   59.5   65.5   27.5   82   50   50   50   50   40   88   0   10   20   30   40   50   60   70   80   90   100   Baseline  
  30. 30. Leadership and Governance Gold Silver Gold Bronze Silver Gold PartnershipandEngagement Community&PublicEngagement Business&IndustryInterface Procurement&SupplierEngagement Gold Leadership Staff Engagement & HR Learning,TeachingandResearch Learning&Teaching Research StudentEngagement GoldTravel & Transport No award Gold Sustainable Construction & Renovation Resources Efficiency & Waste Biodiversity Silver Sustainable ICT Bronze SilverUtilities Estates and Operations Leadership and Governance Gold
  31. 31. 65 62 12 12 47 17 20 30 31 30 30 26 28 89 81 80 40 45 70 50 50 80 90 90 30 85 90 100 73 65 17 18 51 93 28 61 52 45 20 36 45 89 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Progress  on  target Baseline Target To  date
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  33. 33. How are institutions using LiFE? ✦  To review existing commitments ✦  To shape a new strategy ✦  To promote existing activity ✦  To stimulate whole institution engagement on sustainability – beyond estates!
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  40. 40. “Human history is a race between education and catastrophe.” H G Wells (1866-1946)
  41. 41. Contact me Iain Patton +44 1242 714321