Green Impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students and brings together staff and students to make green campuses, curriculums and communities across the country. Green Impact supports teams and departments to make simple, tangible and powerful changes in behaviour and policy through an online workbook of criteria.
LSE is already a participant of the Green Impact scheme.
Green Impact teams are working on campus and in Halls of Residence to reduce the School's environmental impact. The Green Impact workbook contains practical actions to encourage staff and students to change their day-to-day behaviours and to cut their carbon footprint.
Every year departments are audited and receive a level of accreditation - Working Towards, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Excellence, and Platinum for the top scoring team.
Green Impact at the Department
Green for Beginners
The involvement of the Department with the Green Impact scheme began in 2010. Our moto at the time and until the end of the academic year 2015-2016 was Green for Beginners.
From the academic year 2016-2017 we realised that we are not beginners anymore! We have rather made our 32LIF building greener after the organisation of two Adopt-A-Plant events. Therefore, after much deliberation, our motto changed to Econ Jungle.
Current team members: Rita Nemeth, Gary Simpson, Emma Taverner, and Kalliopi Vacharopoulou.
To get in touch with the team for any ideas and suggestions, please email: Econ.Green@lse.ac.uk
Our aims are to improve the environmental performance of the Department and re-discover what it means to be green.
Our main areas of concern and interest are:
- reduction of our energy consumption;
- reduction of waste and increase of the amount of waste that is recycled, with emphasis on recycling correctly!
- minimising our negative impact on the environment;
- encouragement and promotion of all things green (from beauty tips to events and activities in London and elsewhere).
In this regard, please see our recent communication with useful information and tips: Green Impact communication.
In the 2014-2015 academic year we organised the first Adopt-A-Plant event, sponsored by the Department. In the academic years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 we organised similar events in a larger scale, sponsored by the LSE Sustainability Office. More information is available here.