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LSEHSC Green Impact Team


In 2012, the LSE Health and Social Care Green Impact team was formed. We are delighted to announce that in our fourth year, we were awarded the Gold Award for sustainability!


- As part of our 2015 Green Impact project, we have launched the Bicycle User Group at LSE. If you are interested in either joining or assisting with the organisation of it, please email lse.bicycle.usergroup@gmail.com

- We are now sending out short, to the point emails to our colleagues in the Department with Green Impact news and tips. By making the communication short but regular, we hope it will be easier to "digest" for those who do not have time to read lengthy emails.

- Read our energy saving tips and top 5 negative environmental impacts

- Our lighting and equipment responsibility plan is now available to view. Please take a quick look!

- Please see the vacation shutdown checklist.

Team members for 2014/15 are: Jackie Damant (Cowdray House), Alessandra Ferrario (Sheffield Street), Cate Henderson (Lincoln's Chambers), Esther Sidley (Cowdray House), Maria Karagiannidou (King's Chambers), Tihana Matosevic, Madeleine Stevens (Cowdray House), Martin Wenzl (Cowdray House) and Gemma Williams (Cowdray House).

Our aims are to:

  • Reducing the amount of printing we produce
  • Reducing waste and increasing the amount of waste that is recycled
  • Reducing our energy consumption
  • Generally reduce our impact on the environment
  • Encourage green transport through our cycling improvement of facilities and safety project.

How are we implementing this?


Since signing on for Green Impact, we have made the following changes to practices within the department:


  • All water ordered for meetings is tap water.
  • Lunches are 50% vegetarian.
  • Fairtrade tea and coffee ordered for all meetings and events.
  • Staff who regularly purchase drinks outside of the office are encouraged to have a reusable mug, such as the LSE Smart Mug. A 10p discount will be given for every hot drink purchased when the Smart Mug is used. These are available to purchase at several outlets in the LSE, such as The Garrick and in the SU shops. For more information, please see the Smart Mug webpage.

Recycling and reusing

  • Encouraging staff to print double sided and two pages per sheet where possible.
  • All paper in the department is 100% recycled.
  • All printer toners are recycled. Staff can leave their toners in the original boxes in COW 4.11.
  • Battery recycling and plastic bag reuse has been implemented.
  • Postage stamps are collected for charity.
  • Recycling of DVDs and CDs. There is an appropriately labelled bin in COW 4.11 (also known as the post room).
  • Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) bin also located in COW 4.11 (post room).
  • Full information on recycling bins within the LSE can be found here.


  • Stickers and notices have been put up near light switches to remind staff to switch off lights that are not in use.
  • Short and to-the-point emails are being sent out to all staff with "quick" Green Impact tips.

Energy and Heating tips

  • If you will be leaving your office for longer than 5 minutes, please switch off your monitor and the lights.
  • Try not to heat your office above 21 degrees in the winter or cool below 25 degrees in the summer. If you wish to have a thermometer in your office, please ask Esther Sidley for one.
  • Do turn off the lights in the post room, toilets and kitchen if you are the last one out.
  • Our lighting and equipment responsibility plan outlines staff responsibilities towards switching off of electronic equipment, both shared and in offices.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather: layering up in the winter will mean you won't need the heating to be up as high, and thinner clothing in the summer may negate the need for use of a fan or air conditioning.

Staff are also reminded to switch off lights and equipment in their offices when not in use, and make sure everything is switched off when they will be going away for any length of time (please see the vacation shutdown list as mentioned above).


  • Staff are encouraged to use public transport to get to and from work. They are also encouraged to make use of the season ticket loan.
  • There is a Cycle Scheme at LSE to assist those who wish to make use of a bike but do not have the means to. Click here for more information
  • There are several TfL Santander Cycle Hire docking stations situated on the LSE campus and nearby for use within central London. Please visit the TfL website for more information.
  • Showers are available for staff to use in Cowdray House, the NAB and the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre should you wish to "freshen up" after cycling in.
  • Secure bike locking facilities are available on campus in both the New Academic Building on Lincoln's Inn Fields and in the Towers. Please speak to Security if you would like further information.
  • While we appreciate some staff do need to travel abroad/long distances for meetings, we encourage you to use the train where possible. If you are interested in using Skype for meetings instead, please talk to Esther Sidley if you would like more information on how to use it.

Please see the LSE Sustainability page for further information on School-wide procedures.

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If you would like to join the team, please e-mail lsehsc-greenimpact@lse.ac.uk