20 May 2013
The Grantham Research Institute has been awarded the prestigious platinum award for its Green Impact sustainability programme. Green Impact is a nationally run programme led by the National Union of Students (NUS), which assesses university departments’ actions to reduce their environmental impact and promote sustainability among staff and students.
As the 2013 winner of the Green Impact platinum award, the Institute is now ranked as the highest scoring department across the London School of Economics for 2013.
Over the last 12 months, the Institute has led and implemented a range of initiatives for its staff and students, to encourage its members to reduce their environmental impact and to showcase positive changes in environmental practice.
Activities have ranged from a new sustainable travel and offsetting strategy, to community tree-planting days, staff competitions and student-developed films to encourage the Institute’s members to adopt more sustainable behaviours.
Commenting on the Institute’s win at the annual celebration of sustainability, Louise Laker, the LSE representative responsible for overseeing the Green Impact programme said:
"We were delighted that the Grantham Research Institute was this year’s Green Impact Platinum Award winners. The team have worked tirelessly and creatively to encourage colleagues to adopt sustainable behaviours at work, and their energy and enthusiasm can be held up as a shining example to the rest of the School. Congratulations to all who were involved with Green Impact this year."
Institute Co-Director Sam Fankhauser commented:
"We are thrilled to have been awarded platinum status for our green impact programme. Our team of staff and PhD students have worked creatively and collaboratively to develop a range of engaging activities and encourage our Institute members to reduce their environmental impact. We remain committed to our sustainability strategy and look forward to developing an innovative programme to improve our environmental performance further in the coming year."
Further information can be found about the NUS’ Green Impact programme on their website.