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Environment and sustainability

Photograph of gardening at LSE

“Universities are uniquely placed to address climate change and environmental justice. LSE exemplifies this through world-leading research, teaching new generations of global citizens, and combining these with improving its own sustainability performance.”
Professor Craig Calhoun, LSE Director and President

LSE is strongly committed to environmental sustainability. In 2005 we adopted our Environmental Sustainability Policy|, setting objectives to continually improve environmental performance. Since then LSE has gone from strength to strength, incorporating sustainability into all areas of our activities.

Staff involvement

The LSE Sustainability Team works with staff and students across the LSE community to embed sustainability in the everyday life of the university. 

Staff can get involved through Green Impact, which helps departments ‘green’ their offices, whilst competing for awards. There are also four roof gardens where green-fingered staff can grow vegetables, as well as two beehives on the roof of Connaught House, run by the staff and student LSE Beekeeping Society. 

2020 target

LSE has a target to reduce its carbon footprint by 54% by 2020 compared to a 2005 baseline, ensure all buildings meet the highest sustainability standards, and minimise waste whilst maximising recycling rates. The School has an Environmental Management System to put the Environmental Sustainability Policy into practice, which has been ISO 14001 certified since 2012. 

We provide our students with a strong understanding of the sustainable development issues faced by the global community, and undertake world-leading research on environmental matters, informing public policy at the highest level. 

Find out more

To find out more about our work on environmental sustainability please visit the LSE Sustainability website|. You can also visit the LSE Sustainability blog| or follow us on Twitter|