"I encourage all divisions and departments to participate in the Green Impact challenge, as a key step in our approach to addressing climate change and implementing the School's Environmental Sustainability Policy."
Professor Craig Calhoun, Director and President of LSE
Green Impact teams are working on campus and in Halls of Residence to reduce the School's environmental impact. Teams encourage staff and students to change their day-to-day behaviours and to cut their carbon footprint by taking part in projects and implimenting practical actions.
Every year departments are audited and receive a level of accreditation - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum for the top scoring team.
You can see a full list of results and participating departments from previous years on the Celebration of Sustainability pages.
How does Green Impact work?
Green Impact Leaders work alone or lead a team in their department or hall of residence to implement a project or actions that are in the Green Impact workbook.
The project runs on a yearly cycle. Below is this year's key dates:
September - Launch
October - Early-March - Teams plan and complete their projects or the Green Impact Workbooks
Mid-March - Teams submit their project report and workbooks. Audits are then held
May - Celebration of Sustainability
June - September - An evaluation period takes place and the project is adapted ready to relaunch in October
Green Impact Workbook
The workbook contains 8 simple actions to embed sustainability. Each department progresses through the workbook, then submits their completed workbook to be audited in the Lent Term. To achieve higher Silver and Gold Awards teams can either coordinate their own project that is linked to environemental sustainability, run one of the projects from the LSE Green Impact Project bank, or complete an LSE specific Green Impact Workbook. Participating teams are recognised in the annual Celebration of Sustainability.
View the LSE Green Impact Workbook (registration required).
Green Impact Project Assistants
Every October students can apply to become a Project Assistant. They play a crucial role in supporting a team to complete their project or workbook. Assistants are required to attend training sessions, and commit to a minimum of one hour a week to support the team. Applications for 2015-2016 Project Assistants will open in October.
Everyone wishing to lead a Green Impact team can email or have an initial meeting with Sustainability Engagement Officer Madeleine Dwyer, who will help to answer any questions and discuss how Green Impact will run in their department.
All Green Impact participants can attend monthly workshops on:
Getting Started in Green Impact
Communicating Sustainability and Events
There is also a monthly Green Impact Newsletter with updates and advice.
Green Impact Forum on Moodle
Communicate with other teams and share resources on the moodle Green Impact Forum. Register with your LSE e-mail and the enrolment key greenimpact.
Want to take part? Get in touch with Sustainability Engagement Officer Madeleine Dwyer (email@example.com), who will put you in touch with your department's Green Impact Leader, or support you to establish a new team.