UNIVERSITY (GREEN) LEAGUE EVIDENCE

Dear University League Reviewer,

This page provides additional information including some not deemed appropriate or suitable to be included on our website. Some information is considered sensitive or confidential so has not been included. The information and links (usually green) should assist you in your scoring review. Please note some of the links may be more obvious than others below – please use your cursor over all words to ensure you are more able to locate the evidence, also further evidence will be found in other parts of our website and also the University’s corporate sustainability and wider corporate site.

This document will be updated to provide information under the requested headers in line with the University League audit timetable.

If you been further information please email sustainability@gre.ac.uk or contact Simon Goldsmith, Head of Sustainability on 07792479241.

Thank you.

The  Sections 8, 9 & 4 are included directly below for assessment from July 5th 2021.

Below these are sections that are available for assessment at later audit dates.

Assessment from July 5th 2021:

Section 8 – Student and staff engagement (Some data received directly from external organisations)

Section 9 – Education for Sustainable Development  (Some data received directly from external organisations)

Section 4 – Ethical Investment & Banking

Section 8. Staff and Student Engagement Strategy
  1. Does the university publish a strategy for student and staff engagement in sustainable development?

The Sustainability Engagement Strategy can be found on the Strategy page on our corporate site, alongside our sustainable policies, plans and reports. Engagement is also a crucial part of our Carbon Management and Biodiversity Action Plans also on this page. Students were involved in consultation and the development of the Curriculum Framework including one of the Greenwich Student’s Union Officers being a member of the Sustainable Development Dimension of the Curriculum Framework.

2a. Does the university offer oversight and involvement opportunities to students and staff for the development and ongoing monitoring of the university Carbon Management Plan?

The CMP, found on the Strategy page, highlights the importance of engagement. Progress against the Carbon Management Plan (which will be superseded by our Zero By 30 Net Zero Carbon Action in Autumn 2021) is reviewed by our Sustainability Management Board . For students, Student Switch Off and Make Your Change campaigns generate awareness and encourage positive behavioural change on utilities and purchases, aiming to reduce environmental impacts and carbon emissions. Make Your Change also exists for staff, with opportunities to become internal auditors for our Environmental Management System.

2b. Does the university offer oversight and involvement opportunities to students and staff for the development and ongoing monitoring of the university environmental sustainability policy and strategy?

Our policies( Strategy page), highlights the importance of engagement and as stated on this page we consulted our students and staff on our policy review. In addition to Student Switch Off and Make Your Change for students, there is the End of Term Reuse alongside the annual Green Week and Fairtrade Fortnight, all encouraging positive change, bringing involvement opportunities and helping to monitor progress. Staff involvement in these initiatives is likewise encouraged and there are opportunities to become internal auditors for our Environmental Management System.  The new Sustainability Strategy is currently being produced and this will be out to consultation to students and staff in the summer and early autumn 2021. The Corporate Strategy Refresh was open to consultation during the spring 2021 and this was consulted upon lead at through virtual meetings run the VC. As can be seen from the finished strategy the consultation ensured that sustainability is a core theme that runs through this document.

2c. Are the university sustainability policy and strategy and other student engagement opportunities for sustainability a component of every student induct?

Induction documents are located here and these are made available and communicated to all teaching staff before the start of term. All Halls of Residents Assistants (RA) have to attend a 1 hour sustainability talk highlighting the sustainability policy and goals and highlighting how the RAs can cascade information about sustainability initiatives and activities to all halls residents. Sustainability is included in the NEWI Welcome Staff Induction by senior management to illustrate the importance of sustainability and relate this to students. Student Ambassadors also receiving sustainable guidance and in 2021 a full sustainability champion training programme will be launched for this group. With sustainability now a teaching requirement for every student (via the new Curriculum Framework) we will be able to better align sustainability knowledge development related to the university’s sustainability responsibilities and connect this with subject related sustainability teaching. All halls students as part of their sustainability welcome updates receive not only in rooms/flat information they receive the guidance documents on the footer of this page. Information for students living off campus are provided this information (under ‘private renters and lining at home’) via the SU outreach and also via our Student and Academic Services outreach work.

2d. Does the university actively support an annual Go Green Week or Environment Week.

Green Week Highlights | Sustainability: University of Greenwich

2e. Does the university support local community partnerships with staff and students to improve sustainability?

Our End of Term Reuse project, an annual project since 2011 partners with local charities, donating items no longer wanted by students in halls at the end of each year. For internal furniture that is no longer required, outreach is undertaken to identify location organisations that may require these items. Since November 2019 over 550 items have been donated locally (libraries, NHS trusts, care homes, schools), avoiding £41,000 of additional expenditure, saving 6 tonnes of waste and 32 tonnes of carbon emissions. For the past 6 years we have been working with a local nursery who we provide space and time in our edible garden and forest garden for children to learn about growing food, learn about nature and get some fresh air. Partnerships with local beekeepers provide us with an opportunity for our students and staff to learn more about bees.

2f Does the university provide funds for student-led sustainability projects?

Highlighted in our Engagement Strategy (found on the Strategy page) with dedicated information available here on how students and staff can apply for project funding. We invite students to submit ideas which are submitted to our Sustainability Management Board for funding. We employ a Student Sustainability Assistant where we fund projects they think are relevant to create sustainability engagement and action.

3. Do all staff inductions cover university sustainability policy, strategy and areas for staff to engage?

Induction documents are located here. Sustainability is included in the NEWI Welcome Staff Induction by senior management. Before and post Covid restrictions this is undertaken face to face with all new staff being given a 10-15 minute talk about how sustainability relates to the university and illustrates how new staff can act sustainably in their areas and signpost them to areas where they can learn more and get ore engaged. All staff are required to also complete an induction checklist found on this page which includes the requirement for staff to explore more about what the university is dong around sustainability. Resident Assistants must attend mandatory sustainable training, with Student Ambassadors also receiving sustainable guidance in summer 2021.

4. Are invitations extended to recognised Trade Union representatives by way of membership at committees to which the sustainability strategy, carbon management plan and other relevant strategic areas of sustainable development are reported?

Trades Unions are asked to contribute to consultations on core strategic plans and strategies and this will include the forthcoming UoG Sustainability Strategy where consultation will begin in the summer 2021. The Corporate Strategy Refresh was open to consultation during the spring 2021 and this was consulted upon lead at through virtual meetings run the VC. Trades Union representatives were invited to consult on the document also. As can be seen from the finished strategy the consultation ensured that sustainability is a core theme that runs through this document.

5. Is there student representation on university committees concerned with estates, planning, finance and strategic decision making?

Representation of meetings can be identified here: University Governing Body | About the university | University of Greenwich. This includes for example the Governing Body, As an example there is Student Representation included as a member of the Finance Committee as the President of Greenwich Students’ Union (GSU) is a member. As seen from these publicly available minutes Bilal Ijaz GSU President is in attendance and is invited and attends all Finance meetings. Other examples are Student Representation on the Academic Council, Sustainability Management Board (attended by GSU Presidents and Officers), the Estates Management Board and many others.

6. Is the Students’ Union or Students’ Association working toward continual improvement for environmental sustainability by mapping, auditing and tracking annual progress of its impact areas?

The Green GSU website can be located here: A Green GSU (greenwichsu.co.uk)

Section 9. COMMITMENT AND GOVERNANCE FOR EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

  1. Does the university demonstrate commitment to education for sustainable development at a high level of strategy or senior responsibility?

The University has recently launched its Curriculum Framework which includes Sustainable Development as one of its Dimensions.

Information relating to the Curriculum Framework and our approach to Education for Sustainable Development can be found here: Education for Sustainable Development | Sustainability: University of Greenwich

The Corporate Strategy (Strategy 2030) states on page 20 that the university will “Create a green and sustainable university and actively encourage and support sustainable development and principles of sustainable learning and teaching practice in curriculum development and delivery.” This is illustrated in the application of the Curriculum Framework which will require all courses to consider all of the Dimensions (including sustainable development) and the courses will be (re)validated to ensure this happens.

The institutional lead for the Curriculum Framework is Dr Jenny Marie, Head of Academic & Learning Enhancement, ultimate responsibility is with Jane Roscoe, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching (as stated on this page).

http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/greengreenwich/education-sustainable-development/

The University’s Academic Council is responsible for ensuring the success of the Curriculum Framework with students represented by our four SU officers on this to ensure our teaching is relevant and appropriate to the needs of our students.

2a. The university has developed or uses a framework or strategy for ESD

The Curriculum Framework (CF) provides the comprehensive and aligned process to ensure that we not only ensure sustainability is integrated into every student’s learning but it also identifies other Curriculum Framework Dimension areas that are essential to sustainability and vice versa. This was agreed at Academic Council on 23rd June 2021.

Previously the University has applied Responsible Futures Framework in addition to the undertaking of significant ESD research and analysis projects to understand and develop ESD approaches relevant to the organisation and its students. This work has been  presented and endorsed by the University’s Academic and Quality Standards Committee and the Sustainability Management Board. A comprehensive online ESD toolkit is being developed for all staff to apply and is consulting with a wide range of users to ensure it meets the needs of our responsibilities and those of our students. This work has proved valuable in the development of our current ESD framework.

The university has mapped ESD impact and activity areas across teaching and learning operations. – This was done through the Responsible Futures programme and has been captured through our ESD research and analysis work since January 2015 (presented to the AQSC). (These detailed reports submitted to AQSC in 2015 and 2016 have not been updated to our website. If these are of consideration for this University League submission please contact s.t.goldsmith@gre.ac.uk.) Furthermore research undertaken by students via the Sustainability Hub in support of Responsible Futures provided a comprehensive and mapped understanding of sustainability provision in over 1000 programmes offered by the university. The University has been using Sulitest for the past 3 years to support the sustainability literacy of our students.

The university is networking and sharing best practice in a self-defined community – The University collaborates and engages internally and with external bodies. This includes the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges and the London Universities Environment Group (of which we are members), plus attending relevant conferences, and EAUC’s Sustainability Leadership Lab. Within the University we are setting up a ‘Community of Practice’ to enable our staff and students to share insights, ideas and resources to enable more effective learning about sustainability and its integration into the curriculum. We have been running a series of UN Sustainable Development Goal focused workshops to engage and support our academic communities and provide this training ad-hoc to our faculties as 1 hour and 1 day training programmes

As noted on this site the CF ESD group has been instrumental in developing the content of the CF ESD Dimension in addition to ensuring appropriate and sufficient learning and development resources are available for teaching staff and students to ensure we teach sustainability effectively.   Our academic and student training  offer can be viewed and accessed here, with the ESD Resource Bank available here. All supported by our Moodle Resource.

2b. Has the university implemented a mechanism for reviewing and reporting on the progress of the integration of ESD into the curriculum [with named staff responsible for progress]?

The institutional lead for the Curriculum Framework is Dr Jenny Marie, Head of Academic & Learning Enhancement, ultimate responsibility is with Jane Roscoe, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching (as stated on this page).

The framework will be used when considering the design of new programmes and for reviewing and revising existing programmes. Programme Approval Committee (PAC) will provide feedback on how the programme team envisage the programme meeting the dimensions at the authorisation stage. The Curriculum Framework will be part of a curriculum design workshop offered to the development team for all new programmes. Fit to the framework will also be considered by approval panels. For 2022/23 the framework will also be incorporated into Annual Programme Reviews. (see this page.) All programmes will have to complete programme approval templates requiring evidence of the integration of sustainability into all courses that need validating and revalidating. The Curriculum Framework will be reviewed every three years to ensure it is effectively delivering on sustainability and the other Dimensions.

SUPPORTING ACADEMIC STAFF

  1. Does the university make available support and training to help all academic staff integrate ESD into the curriculum

  • This page highlights that training is available to support staff interested in ESD. It includes links to training we provide individuals and groups, links the ESD Moodle site that includes learning materials and other resources plus our ESD Resource Bank.

We have been utilising the opportunities for teaching across our curriculum using the UN Sustainable Development Goals and have utilised these in training workshops for academics

4a.  Does the university promote real-world learning of skills for ESD, through the use of its setting as a ‘Living Lab’ ?

Much evidence can be found on this page

Coursework linked to sustainability projects within the university/estates department. The Estates Department provide guest lectures to relevant departments including Building Services, Architecture, Engineering, Primary and Early Years education, Business, Public Health and Environmental Conservation for example. An example of the resources available online that we use include this. We work with our academics to deliver training and support for our students in our Environmental Management System Audits to give them experience in undertaking real life ISO 14001 audits which are reviewed by the SDU team.  Course work, including placements are encouraged and delivered for example via the SDU. We’ve supported and provided lectures for Marketing students for example where they were given a project brief to ‘sell’ the concept of free water to our café customers to discourage the purchase of single use plastic bottles.  Programmes such as this utilise the estate for research and learning purposes. The Estates Department made a requirement of one of our major contractors to ensure that the construction space is available for teaching, research and learning for students and academics. Staff are encouraged to utilise our Estate as a ‘Living Lab’ as illustrated in these pages. We also not only support our own Greenwich Students but engage and support students from other universities interested in how sustainability and the work we are doing can contribute to their learning.

4b. Does the university support and highlights School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainable Development?

See evidence above (4a) that will relate to this question.

EQUAL ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

5a) Does the university offer multiple scholarships for asylum seekers and individuals who have been granted a status as a result of an asylum claim, but do not yet have access to student finance?

Yes: The Sanctuary Scholarship | Bursaries | University of Greenwich

5b) Does the university offer multiple scholarships for individuals from other forced migrant backgrounds?

The Sanctuary Scholarship | Bursaries | University of Greenwich

5c) Does the university include BOTH asylum seekers and individuals who have been granted a status as a result of an asylum claim, but do not have access to student finance AND individuals from other forced migrant backgrounds in their Access and Participation plan?

The Sanctuary Scholarship | Bursaries | University of Greenwich

The university publishes policy and support options in place to help enable equal participation of long-term UK residents with irregular migration status in University life. This is through our International Student Advice Service and admissions policy: https://www.gre.ac.uk/visa/during-your-studies/international-student-advice-service / https://docs.gre.ac.uk/rep/sas/admissions-policy-and-procedure

The university provides and publishes options for administrative support to long-term residents in the UK with irregular status  through our International Student Advice Service: https://www.gre.ac.uk/visa/during-your-studies/international-student-advice-service

Section 4: ETHICAL INVESTMENT POLICY

1a. Does the institution have a robust and publicly available ethical investment policy reported on at senior level?

Yes Found here under the “Governance” heading:  https://www.gre.ac.uk/about-us/policy

1b. Specifics within the policy:

The Finance Committee of the University of Greenwich evaluates compliance with the Ethical Investment Policy. Student Representation is included as the President of Greenwich Students’ Union is a member. As seen from these publicly available minutes Bilal Ijaz GSU President is in attendance and is invited and attends all Finance meetings.

Investments are stated in our annual financial statements (for example for the statement year ending July 2020 this is found on page 77).

The University is undergoing a review of its Ethical Investment Policy to align to new Corporate Strategy and the Sustainability Strategy that will be launched in the first term of the new academic year (2021-22). We anticipate that the tightening up of sustainability related ethical investment requirements will mean that all investments including those invested in unit trusts will be made public and reviewed by Finance Committee regularly to ensure progress towards our sustainability goals are met.

2. Commitment to screen out specific sectors:

The University does not hold investments in any companies apart from UoG subsidiaries and shared investments in unit trusts. Our Ethical Investment Policy provides guidance to support our work.

Our Assistant Director of Finance Christopher McDermott has responsibility for the implementation and progress of our Ethical Investment Policy (see document).

3. Reinvesting divested funds:

The University does not hold investments in any companies apart from UoG subsidiaries and shared investments in unit trusts. Our Ethical Investment Policy provides guidance to support our work.

Our Assistant Director of Finance Christopher McDermott has responsibility for the implementation and progress of our Ethical Investment Policy (see document).

https://www.gre.ac.uk/about-us/governance/university-court/finance-committee-minutes

4a. Does the institution have a robust and publicly available ethical banking policy reported on at senior level?

The majority of the University of Greenwich’s investments are deposits with banks; the existing Ethical Investment Policy covers all investments, including those with banks.  All banks used by the University are covered by the Ethical Investment Policy, as all hold deposit investments.

4b. Does the policy exclude banks financing fossil fuels?

No.

5. The University website collates information in one place about investment practices and procedures in such a way that facilitates greater transparency and access to information for students, staff and the general public.

– Ethical Investment Policy.

Yes via the Ethical Investment Policy found here under the “Governance” heading:  https://www.gre.ac.uk/about-us/policy

Assessment from July 19th 2021:

Section 7 – Sustainable Food (Some data received directly from external organisations)

Section 2– Staff  (Some data received directly from external organisations)

Section 1 Environmental Policy & Strategy

7. SUSTAINABLE FOOD

1. Does the university have a publicly-available sustainable food policy (or a Sustainable Procurement Policy which integrates sustainability criteria for food) that is reported on annually at a senior level of the university?

Our Sustainable Food (and separate Fairtrade Policy) is located on this page: Sustainability strategy | Sustainability | University of Greenwich and can be found on the university’s Policies pages under the heading Sustainability Policies and strategies | About the university | University of Greenwich

2. Does the university’s sustainable food policy cover tender specifications with external partners?

The Policy can be found in the above section and key requirements relating to the tender specifications can be found on this page Food & Catering | Sustainability: University of Greenwich

3. Has the university implemented a comprehensive framework for continual improvement in sustainable food and catering that is regularly audited and verified by an external organisation ?

Yes the university holds food for life Gold for all its outlets and all menus. (evidence can be found via the Soil Association and our promotion is via this page: Food & Catering | Sustainability: University of Greenwich and Awards & Accreditations | Sustainability: University of Greenwich

4. Does the university provide space and / or other support for student / staff-led sustainable food projects.

Yes this is mentioned on this site Food & Catering | Sustainability: University of Greenwich and links to this page: Avery Hill Edible Garden | Sustainability: University of Greenwich

There is provision of space/other support for student / staff-led sustainable food projects including        The Community Edible Garden and staff are encouraged to become food growing  gardeners at the landscape roofs at our Stockwell Street building. Staff are also trained as beekeepers with honey sold at our catering outlets. Further info Food & Catering | Sustainability: University of Greenwich

2. STAFF

1. Who is responsible at the top? Sustainability is included within the portfolio of responsibilities of a member of the university senior management team

The governance of sustainability starts at the top. Our Sustainability Management Board (SMB) is chaired by Deputy Vice Chancellor Javier Bonet, who has written a signatory of intent.   Our Vice-Chancellor, Jane Harrington has embedded sustainability in Greenwich’s  Corporate Strategy 2030; stating on page 20 that the university will “Create a green and sustainable university and actively encourage and support sustainable development and principles of sustainable learning and teaching practice in curriculum development and delivery.”  In June the university also committed our teaching staff to include sustainability in their programmes. This is included in the Curriculum Framework.

The university has joined the COP26 Universities Network to support the sector’s role in engaging with the Glasgow Conference and also in sharing the expertise of Greenwich academics that will be of interest in terms of partnerships, speaking and conference participation and media enquiries and opportunities.

2. Who is working on environmental sustainability? Staff working in dedicated sustainability roles are listed on the university website with the following info:

Information about the Sustainability Team, the wider Estates Team with sustainability responsibilities, our IFM contractor Sodexo and wider University can be found here: The Team and Contact Us | Sustainability | University of Greenwich. Every year, a student jobshop position is hired, in addition to paid student ambassador roles and volunteers. Their past experiences can be found here: Student Experiences in sustainability | Sustainability: University of Greenwich

3. Is the university sustainability strategy resourced financially? Staff are supported with a budget for sustainability

The University provides the Sustainability Team with funding to help deliver its sustainability goals (see Sustainability strategy | Sustainability | University of Greenwich). This covers the team (including student recruitment to projects such as End of Term Reuse, Student Switch Off), investments in energy, waste and water, biodiversity projects in addition learning and development around sustainability issues. It covers appropriate audit and professional costs including or our EMS and other works, memberships and subscriptions. It is also possible to allocate funds for staff and student projects. In the past this has included the Community Edible Garden and The End of Term Reuse Programme. Funds are also available for staff and students to develop specific projects via our Proposals Fund. Funds cover the running and investment in projects at the Sustainable Development Unit (see above and links) we also have a significant annual fund for the investment of strategic capital plan sustainability initiatives. Note this strategic investment pot will be reviewed at point of award against the operational and financial environment at that time. The university recognises he need to fund staff with specific sustainability goals who do not just work within the Sustainability Team. This includes those identified on the Team Site The Team and Contact Us | Sustainability | University of Greenwich but also staff working with contractors that have roles specified in contracts that deliver sustainability on our behalf – for example through Sodexo.

4. The university supports a staff engagement scheme to involve staff in improving the environmental performance of the university eg. departmental eco-champions.

Staff are encouraged to become sustainability champions. Staff champion achievements and experiences can be found here: Sustainability Champions | Sustainability: University of Greenwich

1. ENVIRONMENT POLICY & STRATEGY

1. Does the university have a public sustainability policy that has been published or reviewed and updated within the last 5 years?

Sustainability policy, and sub policies can be found at the bottom of this page: Sustainability strategy | Sustainability | University of Greenwich

2. Does the university work to an environmental sustainability strategy, setting SMART targets for reducing environmental impact [including across 8 key areas]?

SMART targets are included within the Biodiversity Action, Carbon Management, Travel and Waste Plans. Most can be found here Sustainability strategy | Sustainability | University of Greenwich with the Travel Plan accessible here Travel Plan | Documents | University of Greenwich

Assessment from August 2nd 2021:

Section 5: Managing Carbon

1. Does the University have a publicly available carbon management plan which includes…

Our carbon management plan (CMP) can be located here: Carbon Management Plan | Documents | University of Greenwich – covering Scope 1 & 2 with targets. Our Net Zero Carbon 2030 Action Plan is currently underway and will be ready for launch in upcoming academic year Sept/Oct.

2a. Are scope 3 emissions included within the university carbon management plan?

The latest carbon footprint, verified by Planet Mark includes elements of Scope 3 (Transmission & Transport loses of electricity) in addition to Transport/Business miles, waste and water. Our latest total footprint, including scope 3 can be located here Energy, Water & OUR Carbon Footprint | Sustainability: University of Greenwich. Our Net Zero by 2030 Action Plan will include the above Scope 3 elements. The NRI, is currently undergoing a consultation as to how they can reduce their scope 3, business miles – if successful this framework and process will be rolled out to all Faculties across the University. The university is replacing its old Green Travel Plan which includes Scope 3 targets). The new Green Travel Plan is expected to be launched in October 2021 and this sets our ambitious targets for Scope 3 travel reduction. The verification report from Planet Mark, validating the carbon footprint can be found here.

2b. Are scope 3 emissions reported to HESA through the EMR?

Yes – where asked the appropriate data is given (i.e. waste, business miles, procurement etc.)

2c. Does the university calculate total carbon emissions attributed to residential accommodation (both in-house and externally provided accommodation)?

This is included in the HESA EMR submission. Energy is entered for non-residential to residential areas, with the corresponding footprint calculated. Halls data use can be viewed in this link.

Section 6: Workers Rights

1. Is the University accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage employer?

The university is not accredited to the Living Wage Foundation, however all UoG staff and contracted staff are paid at least the real living wage: Update on our new Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) contract | Articles | University of Greenwich

2. Does the university have policy on how it will establish and monitor parity of pay, terms and conditions and pensions between in-house and outsourced contact staff?

The university dos not have such a policy, however, we have worked to ensure contractors pay at least the Real Living Wage and where staff are are TUPE’d then pay, TC’s and C’s etc are not eroded.

3. Is the institution a Fairtrade University?

The university was Fairtrade Accredited from 2012 to 2020 and we are currently working towards the new accreditation with our audit in 2022.

4. Are the university ITC supply chains covered by Electronics Watch

The university is a member of the LUPC. One of our Professors, Olga Martin-Ortega is one of the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch and works with the university to help us understand and improve how we consider social sustainability issues within our supply chain.

Section 3: Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

1a. Does the university have an externally verified environmental management system (EMS), does it cover the whole university estate and what level of accreditation has been achieved.

Accredited to Estates & Facilities, the University is ISO14001 Accredited.

1b. Has the institution carried out a comprehensive audit of environmental impacts in the last five years?

As part of the ISO14001 accreditation, internal audits are conducted annually, covering all areas. These are logged and reviewed by external auditors. More frequent audits are undertaken for prone areas e.g. waste.

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