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An introduction to the LiFE Index

An introduction to the LiFE Index. Sustainability and Social Responsibility Index. What is the LiFE Index?. The tool has three elements Performance I mprovement System - which enables institutional self-assessment, management and improvement.

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An introduction to the LiFE Index

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  1. An introduction to the LiFE Index • Sustainability and Social Responsibility Index

  2. What is the LiFE Index? • The tool has three elements • Performance Improvement System - which enables institutional self-assessment, management and improvement. • Performance Accreditation Programme - which allows institutions to submit to independent assessment, verification and accreditation of their progress • Support package for participants, workshops and online support

  3. Some general context • Excellent work has been undertaken by many institutions on sustainability but progress is mixed • Focus has often been on estate related activity • Whole institution engagement is still a challenge • Metrics systems that exist are not sector focused or holistic • There is a need and opportunities for increased dialogue / partnership nationally and internationally

  4. Guiding principles • Want to reward process and practice – help bridge the implementation gap • Provide guidance and support without being overly prescriptive – recognise / reward difference • Recognise that institutional journeys are non-linear and reward this • Provide a tool to help institutions, manage and evidence sustainability activity • Stimulate cross institutional dialogue and a whole institution engagement

  5. What is Sustainability? “Sustainability is about how institutions do what they do, its a focus on core activity and about taking responsibility for the total impact of their activity. A socially responsible and sustainable institution is one that is not only profitable but takes account of all the positive and negative environmental, social and economic effects it has on society, both now and into the future”

  6. Sustainability and Social Responsibility Reduce the negative impacts and increase the positive impacts of your activity Environmental Social Economic Short Term Long Term

  7. We need to recognise and enhance the positives!

  8. What does the system contain?

  9. WHAT DOES LIFE LOOK What does it contain? • Small number of questions • Relevant metrics - quantitative • A comprehensive set of development frameworks covering institutional activity www.thelifeindex.com.au


  11. Demonstration of the system • Whilst demonstrating the system we will look • Functionality • Data management • People management • Reporting • Best way to use it • Accreditation

  12. Accreditation • Completing the on-line tool • Provide evidence of your journey / narrative • Quality not quantity (Limit on the evidence) • Independent team to assess • Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum – Very difficult • International benchmarking • Governance structure (Stockholm Environment Institute)

  13. Participating institutions • The University of Edinburgh • University of Leicester • The University of Northampton • The University of Nottingham • University of Westminster  • Walsall Adult and Community College • Plymouth University • Keele University • Holmesglen TAFE • Banff and Buchan College • Durham University • Kingston University  • Macquarie University • University of Gloucestershire • Nottingham Trent University • Oxford Brookes University • Plymouth University • St Andrews University

  14. Your next steps – making the most of your EAUC Membership… • Sign up to LiFEat www.thelifeindex.org.uk – EAUC Members receive a significant discount • LiFE support package - to help you get the most value from participation, this includes regular events, an online community forum and direct support from the LiFEteam • Want to see more – book onto a LiFE webinar for a live demonstration • Want recognition – enter the 2012 Green Gown Awards Continuous Improvement category. Entries open in summer 2012 Membership matters at www.eauc.org.uk

  15. Questions?

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